Zero dark hundred hour morning start today and the sun is rising later the further South we go. An hour into the ride and my trusty trek had its first big problem since starting 2 months ago. The gear lever broke down and I couldn't change down or up to the front cogs. We were lucky John Graham the team mechanic/guide was on board and was able to rectify the problem within an hour working under difficult conditions to the light from the car lights turned on high beam.
Finally got underway with some easy road conditions and some fairly rough sections of road for the last 40 km . However, beautiful scenery and lots of shade riding amongst the palm oil plantations towards the West to the coast here in Lumut. A big surprise from our friends Ralph and Ruby who surprisingly arrived in Lumut with 110 bottles of soda water and a bunch of hand and face towels resupply for the journey ahead. On ya Ralph and Ruby yet again.
It would appear that Roti Canai is the standard breakfast for the team on the move through Malaysia now, and the boys are becoming food critics as to what it a good Roti dish and what isn't. But a big treat today in that we got the best one so far. The chef Mohamed Zuki in a small restaurant just outside Taiping got a 10 out of 10 for his well cooked and tasty Roti. Delicious !!!!
Lumut is a coastal town (population 31,880) in Manjung District, Perak, Malaysia, situated about 84 km from Ipoh, 12 km from the town of Sitiawan and it is the gateway to Pangkor Island. It is noted for seashell and coral handicrafts. This once little-known fishing town has since become the home base of the Royal Malaysian Navy and the site of the biggest naval shipbuilder in Malaysia, Boustead Naval Shipyard.
Lumut in Malay means moss, lichen, or seaweed. In its early days, the beach was said to be rich in moss, so the local people called it Lumut. Lumut jetty is the staging-off point to offshore islands, including Pangkor Island and Marina Island.
Lumut has a sheltered jetty. A large Hock Chew community moved from there to Sitiawan. The estuary was formerly characterised by damp mossy soils on reddish earth. Tin and lumber were transported there by elephants and sampans, from as far away as Kinta. It was once part of the Straits Settlements by virtue of the Pangkor Treaty of 1874 until it was returned to Perak by Great Britain in 1935.
Since 1993, six U.S. Navy warships had been repaired at Lumut's dockyard at a cost of RM 1.6 million. The warships were the USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171), USS Tuscaloosa (LST-1187), USS Fort McHenry (LSD-43), USS Schenectady (LST-1185), USS Rushmore (LSD-47), and USS Reid (FFG-30).
Truck and Matt
On the long ride home, West coast Malaysia.
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