Monday, November 24, 2014

Another Awesome Ride From Rawang (TESCO) to Serendah Waterfall

I have not fully recovered from my lower back pain and I could deny myself from not going to this event. Initially I thought I would just start from Serendah town and follow the group to the waterfall but I will miss the stretch at Rawang-Serendah highway which I do not want to ..... hence I decided to start from Tesco Rawang just like the rest of the people. This group of friends are really fun and easy going and here we were at the highest point of the entire ride taking another beautiful group picture.
The usual Cikgu Chin's starting point at this Mamak restaurant opposite Tesco where we could fill up our stomach before we ride.
There were 46 of us in this ride what a tremendous response from the cycling community and many could have missed it but not to worry Cikgu will be back again for it. So watch out for the next spectacular time my dear leisure riders!
We started moving across the busy Jalan Rawang (the old trunk road to north) into the Chinese village and Industrial area of Rawang which is approximately on the Eastern side of  the town.
Somewhere near an Indian Temple @ Lorong 7 we turned towards the right closing to Rawang Perdana where the climb starts.
Slowly but surely we ascended the elevation of Jalan RP (Rawang Perdana) and turned right into Jalan RP5 comprising of mild climbs and some drastic ones.
It was at the mid-span of Jalan RP5 we turned right into a construction access road where many of us had to dismount our bikes and push to reach the peak.
Even the young and strong ones has to push ... hehehe we got you bro!!!
A highway project by the Public Works Department with a highway linking Serendah to Templer's Park for LATAR highway which leads to the coastal regions of Selangor like for instance Kuala Selangor. This highway will bypass Rawang town and will help to ease traffic congestion in Rawang town.
So before all the fast moving vehicles take over the highway in the near future we were there taking possession of the site.
We had a good and enjoyable downhill roll of about 4 kilometres before we reached the trunk road (Route E1). We had a couple of stops and many photos were shot with lots of fun and sightseeing.
A contraflow ride towards Serendah of less than 2 km that was unavoidable. Carefully, in single file we made it safe and sound to the town.
That is it ... the town of Serendah facing Route E1. At right of these prewar houses you will see a livelier side of this cowboy town.
A stop over at the town to pack some food for our picnic at the waterfall. There were variety of foods for us to choose. Some tapao Chee Cheong Fun, noodles, roast chicken, kueh mueh, cakes, iced tea, kopi "o" and etc etc....
A quick glance at the old Serendah before we moved on.
An educational visit to the Seven Wells of Serendah which is located at the fringe of the town and definitely it's a worthy visit.
We were fortunate to have 3 teachers with us who have given us valuable knowledge of the history of Serendah. Terima Kasih Cikgu Cikgu .. we love it because there is no examination after that... great and we want more.
It was time for the waterfall, over here we were passing by the first fall where we headed straight to the second one which is about another 600 metres away.
Without wasting much time the water fun started immediately and we enjoyed finishing all the food we brought for the picnic. Then finally came the whistle from Cikgu Chin calling everyone out off the water for the next itinerary.
The attempt to visit Sekeping Serendah did not materialised as it was closed due to a full house occupancy.
Another must stop place for a refreshing Leng Chee Kang before we leave the town. Some even indulged in some Thai Tomyam Seafood Beehoon prepared by the Siamese sisters of Serendah. Their tilapia fish and fried chicken are also very popular.
Look out for this structure when you are Serendah, ask for the Siamese sisters & their Leng Chee Kang, you will never fail to find the place.
All feeling afresh and rejuvenated after a good rest at the Sisters' Place we were ready to roll back to Rawang.
But before that a strenuous journey started from here, it was pay back time as we have earlier enjoyed ourselves the 4km downhill roll and now we have to go up and by hook or by crook we have to go back using this same route in the name for a safer journey instead of using the busy E1 trunk road.
The painful push and ascending a distance of 4 km up to the peak before a relief ride back to the base. Photo credit from Anne Cheong.
Some of us did not cross this pedestrian bridge for another food adventure at Kampung Dato Lee Kim Sai for Tilapia Wan Ton Mee.
We covered a distance of 35km which was not far but it was painful due to the severe climb at the Rawang-Serendah Highway but we have enjoyed it and it going to be a memorable one for most of us. I am glad that Jo managed to complete this ride and I hope she will continue to enjoy such rides. 
Thanks to the organisers and everyone who have help to made this event possible. Cheers!!!
See our previous rides at Serendah such as : -

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