Man I've Missed Tea
Cameron Highlands Travel Blog› entry 113 of 121 › view all entries
I wanted to get up early so I could go to the Petronas Towers and get on the sky bridge observation deck, but I was just too tired and worn out. After a later breakfast, I caught a bus to the Cameron Highlands, but by the time I got there it was already starting to get dark and far too late for any trekking.
Instead I went out for great big greedy dinner in Tonah Rata and did a little bit of souvenir shopping.
The previous night I’d read up on the trails so I could be organised for this morning.
Trail 5 turned out to be very steep and tiring. So much so that I considered calling it quits very early a few times before pushing on through the pain barrier believing it would get better.
I continued down the trail 9A only to find it soon splits. It’s recommended to carry on through the forest and onto the tea plantations, so that’s what I did. It was a flat route, but again slippery and I had to navigate over and under fallen trees, tearing my shorts in the process!
I finally reached the tea plantation and waded through towards the road.
I was shattered, but found a brilliant spot on the main road overlooking the Cameron Bharait Tea Estate. It was much more of what I had hoped for; a brilliant lush green, and the smell, ah man, it was sensational. For an avid tea drinker, I was in seventh heaven. I quite fancied stopping at one of the roadside cafes for a pot of the tea whilst in that surrounding scenery and smells to break up the long trip back.
When I finally got back, the sun was about to set. I’d had a very long, tiring day and all I wanted now was a hot shower and some food. I was really pleased to find a nice little cafe serving the local tea with scones and local jam. Perfect! Another little dose of Britain for me; was I finally becoming home sick? Well, not quite, but little reminders of normality never go a miss. All I needed now was to find somewhere showing the cricket (the Ashes was being played and England were one up in the series for a change).
I had to buy a pair of shorts to prevent any further embarrassment and untimely exposure, and went back to pass completely out. My BMI was probably at an all time low.