Monday 27 August 2007

Return to Rubber Research Institute (RRI) to Donate Blood

Rubber Research Institute, Sungai Buloh



It must have been because of the Ghost Festival. Otherwise, it would not have been just Henry, me and buzzing vampires on this hash.

In fact, it was supposed to be a joy ride to Serendah, inevitably Iron Man had to "fong fei kei (ffk)" (a Cantonese slang referring to an action of not being able to fulfill what one said or promised), which started a chain reaction of "ffk".

To top it off, the morning started off raining and it seemed to promise more rain for the rest of the day. We breakfasted in Rumah Ku at Kelana Square waiting for those who were supposed to go for the hash to turn up. After we received the "ffk" SMS replies, we headed out for RRI.

Thankfully, it did not rain as promised... :-) We headed out and hit the trails going nice and easy. The trails in RRI were wide and all dirt and rocks. Essentially, it was a very easy going ride. Basically, we took the opportunity to explore almost all the trails and forks.

For me, the high point was a very nice downhill that just felt too short, even though it was about 2km long. We like it so much that we went another round.

By then we had done about 20km and donated about a pint of blood to the vampires of RRI. We decided to explore the other side of RRI (across the road from where we parked), where the RRI staff quarters were. Personally, I was looking for a nice place to have a drink and talk cock after a terrific ride.

All in all it was a fantastic ride. RRI is the perfect place for MTB newbies. The next time I am headed there, I will make sure that I bring PLENTY of mosquitoes repellent!!!

Total Distance Traveled:
21.74 km

Top Speed:
38.7 km/h

Videos and GPS Embedded Photos:
Blood sucked in RRI:
  • Henry
  • Jack

Sunday 19 August 2007

A Festival of Ghost and Mountain Bikers in Klang Gates

Klang Gates Dam, Kg. Kemensah , Ulu Gombak


According to ancient Chinese belief, in this Chinese lunar month, the hell gates are opened and ghosts are permitted a month of freedom on the realm of the mortals.

In one way or another, everyone is a little superstitious. But sometimes a series of circumstances and incidents will feed those superstitions... LOL.

On the morning of the hash, I woke up late. Then, when I got out to the highway, I realized that I was wearing my slippers instead of my shoes. It was definitely not a good idea to go mountain bike hashing on the trails with just my pair of "power" slippers. Against better judgment, I decided do exactly just that.

Next, on the highway, there was a big accident with a "Gen 2" turtled (btw, this is the second time in a month that I came across a turtled Gen 2, coincidence? Hmm... faulty design or driver error?) Anyway, the Gen 2 reminded me of that tragic bus accident last week. I remembered my colleagues telling me, "The accident happened on the first day of the Ghost Festival. The ghosts are out and have already claimed 21 lives!"

I had already forgotten about the Gen 2 accident by the time I arrived at the meeting point behind Zoo Negara. All the Wild Geeks were ready and we set off to find a parking place to get ready to start our hash.

Since 5K has been to Klang Gates Dam before, he lead everyone into the trails, providing everyone with useful tips and directions.

Also, on this hash, we had two new members joining the Wild Geeks, Weng Hoe and Edwin Yap. Edwin quickly made a reputation for himself 1.2km into the trails. He demonstrated to all the graceful art of falling down from a brand new Trek 4300 Disc on a rocky downhill. Lucky for him, his Trek helmet and Trek gloves prevented serious injuries... LOL He suffered minor injuries on his right leg and some minor cuts on his arms.

Edwin was up and ready to roll when Iron Man called for Micol the designated medic, to come and have a look at Edwin. Things turned for the worse when Edwin felt faint and had to lie down. He certainly looked as pale as a ghost... LOL. We had to raise his legs to make the blood circulate back to his upper body and head. After about 15 minutes, the Fall Guy got up and we went on out way.

During that incident, I could not help it but to think about the ghost festival. I did not want to bring it up with the geeks, as I do not want to alarm anyone with superstitious thoughts... LOL.

Before I forget, I should mentioned that while Micol was treating Edwin, we all thought that with utmost care, Ken Wei was kind enough to use a piece of cloth to fan Edwin, thereby ensuring that Edwin gets enough air to recover from his dizzy spell. Upon closer examination, we noticed that Ken Wei was actually fanning himself... LOL... which earned him the nick, Fan Boy!!!

As we continued, little did we know that the Fall Guy's fall was certainly not the last... LOL.

The trails on this hash were totally not wet and non treacherous. The ride consisted of mainly minor uphills and perhaps one challenging uphill. As usual, the sceneries were fantastic. In general, I would classify this hash as a level 3 on a scale of 1 to 10, with level 10 being impossible to cycle.

Having said that, we had geeks falling off their bikes left and right... LOL, with the Iron Man leading the pack in the number of falls, reinforcing the validity of his nick, the "Iron Man" LOL. Lets put it this way, my camera was always ready whenever I knew Iron Man was coming downhill. Thankfully, my eager anticipation was disappointed.

Needless to say, I rolled on the grass a few times over as well... :-) Henry and John had their fair share of slip sliding and "pok kai-ing" respectively.

I had been to every hashing of the Wild Geeks and never had I seen so many geeks falling off their bikes, so much so that I wanted to sing the song, "London Bridge is falling down..." Reminded of the Gen 2 incident that morning, I cannot but concluded that the ghosts were really out there creating havoc and mischief on the geeks... LOL.

Thankfully no one were seriously injured on this "ghostly" ride, and all ended well. All the same I think we should let the next hash be after the Ghost Festival month.

Total Distance Traveled:
8.04 km

Top Speed:
30.5 km/h (Anyone else recorded better than Seri Naga on this for this trip?)

Videos and GPS Embedded Photos:
Pumped with Steriods :
  • Edwin (Tau Foo Fa aka Fall Guy)
  • George (Iron Man)
  • Henry
  • Jack (Scribe)
  • John (Rooster)
  • Ken Wei (Fan Boy)
  • Micol (Scrub)
  • Sri Naga (5K)
  • Weng Hoe

Saturday 11 August 2007

FRIM - The Rover and The Steriod

Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong.


With Sri Naga's past experience in FRIM, this hash was more organised... meaning we knew where to go, supposedly... LOL.

This time around, we had Sri Naga, Daniel, Chris, Kevin, Joe and myself. Also, there were no tire puncture and no Astronomy 101 lessons... LOL..

Chris and Kevin were totally newbies to off-road hashing on mountain bikes.... so this was their first time getting a pounding on their ass... :-D As Kevin was a rally driver, he was no stranger to off-road racing and physically more fit. Chris was out of shape and will need a few more hashes like this to get him into gear... LOL...

The hash was made up of some very memorable uphills and downhills. The initial long uphill stretch in the Rover Trail was a surprise for a number of us. We had to push part of the way up, as the pace was not set correctly.

The second uphill, noted as the Steroid climb, was much more steeper but not as long as the uphill in the beginning of the trails. With proper pacing, one can easily take the uphill without any problem.

I wished my bike had full suspension during the downhill... LOL.. The downhill trail was rocky with hardened clay making my bike bounced all over the place... HAhaha... I could not go full speed without losing control of my bike... LOL...

All in all, it was an excellent ride without any injury or breakdown. And as usual, right after a good ride, you are left wanting more... right or not Naga? LOL...

Total Distance Traveled:
13.7 km

Top Speed:
45.0 km/h (Anyone else recorded better than this for this trip?)

Videos and GPS Embedded Photos:

Pumped with Steriods :
  • Chris
  • Daniel (The Bull)
  • Jack (The Scribe)
  • Joe (The Oracle)
  • Kevin
  • Sri Naga (5K)

Sunday 5 August 2007

A Cicak, An Incident and A Few Good Men

Location:Sofia Jane, Kg. Kemensah


On this Sofia Jane hash, we had invited Peng Nam the Cicak to joined us. This was his first time going on an MTB hash. Actually, Cicak was "tricked" into going on this hash... LOL.

He had thought that we were going jungle trekking, that is, until he saw my mountain bike at the back of my pickup... LOL... I met up with Cicak and George at Joe's house to borrow Joe's bike for Cicak the King Scout to use on the hash... :-)

We took off from Joe's house at about 8:00am and left for the rendezvous point in front of Zoo Negara.

That morning in the rush, George had forgotten to bring along his helmet. It's always like that... the thing that you really needed the most that day, you forget to bring... LOL

We met up with Azril and Izaini in front of the Zoo and drove up together to meet Henry and Sri Naga further up on the way to Kemensah Heights.

The hash was only 4.5km long with minor hill climbs and downhills. As usual, potholes and crevices on the trail, made the climb and the downhill difficult and slow.

Overall the trail was wet and muddy. We won't have it any other way... :-)

Our objective was to reach the Sofia Jane Waterfall. The reason the trail and waterfall was called Sofia Jane, was because she shot a film there. At least that was what the local said. Anyway, Henry and Sri Naga had cycled along this trail before and they were quite familar with the condition of the trail.

Cicak the King Scout was severely out of shape... LOL. We had to make several stops to let him catch his breaths as we made our way up the trail. At one point, it was just him and me, with the rest of the guys way ahead... LOL... Heck, we never left anyone behind and we were not going to start... :)

Before long, we reached a clearing with a fork in the trail. One leading to the waterfall and the other to Ulu Langat. Sri Naga and Henry warned us that it was better if we left our bikes and trekked down to the falls, which was only about 1 km away. But the warning came a tad late as Azril the Ranger and Izaini the Hulk had left and cycled down to the waterfall... ouch!!!

The trail leading to the waterfall was really bad. There was no way to cycle all the way down. In any case, we reached the waterfalls and some of the guys decided to take a dip in the icy cold stream.

One thing lead to another, Cicak slipped and fell while holding on to Iron Man's camera to take a photo of something. Next thing you know, Iron Man got up from his dip in the stream to go help Cicak (or to save his camera... LOL). He contemplated whether to crawl or walk over to Cicak. He decided the latter and paid for it in BLOOD!!!

I had not been paying attention to what was going on. I had been trying to get a GPS fix on my phone to take some geotagged photos. Next thing I knew, I heard the guys calling me and I looked up to see George holding one hand to the back of his head with blood trickling down the side of his head down his neck.

I went over and took a look at the 1 and a half inch gash at the back of Iron Man's head. The bleeding was pretty bad. The first thing I thought of was to stop the bleeding. I struggled to open my backpack to look for the first aid kit, and found only some spare tires and a spanner. (I had thought that John had passed me everything we bought for just such an emergency during the Lata Kijang hash.) Meanwhile, Henry had brought out his first aid kit and Cicak helped to dispense the bandages. I cleaned the wound as best I could and Henry then poured a powdery substance, which Henry said was some Chinese medicine that will stop bleeding. I held the hair away from the wound so that Henry could apply the powder.

After applying the powder, I placed the bandages on top of the wound and we used Henry's bandanna to tie around Iron Man's head. Just then Azril the ranger came up from below the waterfalls and was shocked to find us surrounding George.

Very quickly, Azril took out his wonder drug, the cigarette... LOL, and applied it to George's wound and George to hold on to it until the bleeding stopped. As soon as the bleeding stopped, we tied the bandanna tightly around George's head again. Btw, he looked really cool!!! Like Rambo only... LOL...

True to his nick, the Iron Man felt better and we left the waterfall to trek out. The downhill back along the trail was totally amazing. Common sense dictated that we slowed down, foolhardiness prevailed and it was an adrenaline filled downhill for me... LOL.

The Iron Man was the first out of the trail. He was already ready with his camera taking picture of all the geeks coming out.

We then adjourned to our cars, packed up and went to a place for rojak and cendol... LOL...

After the postmortem, I took George and Peng Nam to look for a clinic... we went through 3 clinics in the Ampang area (all of which were either closed or the doctors were taking a "siesta" and unavailable ) before deciding to go to a clinic in front of Bukit Bintang Plaza on top of KFC. Turns out to be an excellent choice.

The treatment of George the Iron Man is well documented in several videos. Some of you squeamish type might want to avoid watching those videos... LOL.

Have you ever heard an Iron Man scream before?

Total Distance Traveled:
4.5 km

Top Speed:
29.2 km/h (Anyone else recorded better than this for this trip?)

Videos and GPS Embedded Photos:
A Few Good Men and A Cicak:

Wednesday 1 August 2007

Lata Kijang and the Eleven Wild Geeks

Lata Kijang, Negri Sembilan


This hash was relatively easy with some minor climbs and downhills. More than half of the trail was on tarmac than off-road. The primary objective of the hash was to reach the campsite, and for those who wanted to, could take the rest of the way to the Lata Kijang falls.

Overall, I find the trail not particularly challenging and left most of us wanting more... :-) This trail is excellent for first timers though. In any case, if you love cycling, you should give this trail a try.

Btw, the scenery was beautiful and the "orang kampung" very friendly. If not for the lorries and 4WD using the road, the place was extremely quiet and pristine.

Total Distance Traveled:
24.1 km

Top Speed:
49.2 km (Anyone else recorded better than this for this trip?)

Trail Information:

Videos and GPS Embedded Photos:
The Eleven Geeks who went Wild: