Having a little rest
Emma had a really good idea today. "Let's hire some bikes and cycle up one of the highest peaks in Malaysia." "Hmmm," said Diane. So the first milestone was to cycle to the nearby town of Brinchang, about 5km away. It was hard work, as there was a lot of uphill, and we realised that we were just a little out of shape! By this stage, we were quite hot, and doing a lot of pushing our bikes uphill. We had an ice-cream whilst contemplating our options. We decided that our original plan had been a little ambitious, and instead, opted to cycle a little further on to see one of the tea plantations.
So we carried on.
A vegetable patch
About three minutes further on we came to the turn off to the tea plantation, or rather, Diane came to the turn off, cycled into it and turned around to wait for Emma to appear. There was no sign. After a short while of waiting, a woman on one of the stalls gestured to Diane that the other cyclist had gone down the hill - past the entrance. "Oh dear" thought Diane and quickly set off down the hill to catch up. Further and further down, past a small settlement, past fruit stalls. There was still no sign. Many bends and a lot of down hill later Emma was spotted merrily gliding down the hill. Upon reaching her, she turned around looking all suprised and said "Ooo where did you come from?" To which Diane replied, "Ooo the top of the hill - about 5 miles up!" We had a very long hike back up the hill.
We started pushing but with no intention of going the whole way. For the first time ever we used our thumbs in the hope of getting one of the many landrovers or a local bus to give us a lift back to the top. The first few passed us by but it didn't take long for one to stop and give us a lift. We jumped on the back and up we went. It took about 15 minutes to get back to the top. It would have taken us about 2-3 hours! We finally saw the tea plantation which was wonderful to look at. Tea plants as far as the eye could see. We sat and watched the workers in the field for a while. It was worth the effort to get here.
On the way back we felt we deserved a treat so we called in at the Smokehouse for some lunch, enjoying a pot of tea and the best sandwiches we have had since leaving Australia.