The Causeway hyperlink between Malaysia and Singapore has just lately totally opened, and over the previous few days because it did, Malaysians and Singaporeans alike have seen the reunion of many households who couldn’t cross the border because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For one Malaysian man, the reopening additionally meant he may see his household as soon as once more — a mission he accomplished by means of unlikely journey means. The person, Mars Ong, travelled again dwelling by bicycle for a distance of 134.81 kilometers (83.77 miles), a journey that took him round 5 hours to return to his hometown of Batu Pahat in Johor.
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He shared his journey on a Fb group devoted to the Singapore-Malaysia VTL, and in his submit, he mentioned that touring by bicycle felt the identical because it was earlier than the pandemic started, including that each one he solely wanted to have his passport on him to cross the border.
He joked that petrol costs have been too excessive anyway, so he cycled all the way in which to his hometown, inviting others who would additionally prefer to cycle, to affix him subsequent time.
Within the video he shared, there was an amusing second when a Malaysian immigration officer on the motorbike lane requested him the place he was headed to.
Upon answering that he was going to Batu Pahat, the officer, shocked, pointed at his bicycle saying: “Balik Batu Pahat dengan basikal?” (Return to Batu Pahat with a bicycle?). Ong merely laughed and replied sure.
It might appear the officer wasn’t the one one stunned at his chosen mode of transport. His household, who solely knew that he was coming again and never how, additionally thought his plan was too loopy!
Ong reportedly began his journey round 7 a.m., and arrived dwelling at round 1 p.m. Through the journey, he made certain to have pit stops to take a break, eat, and rehydrate because the journey was little doubt taxing on the physique.
He additionally purchased his spouse’s favourite meals, fried carrot cake, on his manner dwelling!
Whereas the journey could seem lengthy to most, this is not his first time with long-distance biking. Talking to China Press, he mentioned he had cycled to Singapore earlier than, however he would normally journey again to Malaysia by automobile.
He did, nonetheless, journey the same distance inside Singapore as soon as, so the journey was in all probability a neater feat for this seasoned cycler with six years of expertise and competitions beneath his belt.
Whereas his story could also be inspiring for aspirational cyclers, he suggested that one shouldn’t try such a protracted journey until they’ve ample biking expertise and bodily stamina.
He additionally warned that cyclists might encounter harmful conditions, reminiscent of flat tires and cramps, and he suggested that it is essential to watch the situation of the bicycle, and stay alert while on the street.
Nonetheless, we’re glad to listen to he was in a position to reunite along with his household!
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