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Wed 01 Feb 2006

Chinese New Year ride to Kranji Reservoir

Category : cycling

31 Jan 2005 - A canal park connector ride turned into a loop to Kranji. It's also called the short cemetery ride since it starts at the Hakka cemetery at Holland Close, goes past the Lim Chu Kang cemeteries, past the Kranji War memorial and back to Holland V via Bukit Timah.

Holland Village to the Ghim Moh/Ulu Pandan park connector to Boon Lay Way, 7.5km.
- to Jln Bahar (NTU entrance), 15km
- to entrance of Old Lim Chu Kang Road, 20km
- to Kranji Reservoir, 28km
- to entrance of Bukit Timah, ~33km
- to entrance of Ghim Moh Canal, 40km
- back to Holland V, 48km.

Stats: Dst 48.12km, Tm 2:32:12, Av 19.0km/h, Mx 43.5km/h.

Most of the north-west was relatively deserted once I got out of the park connector and headed up Jalan Bahar. Foreign workers provide the only human presence in the upper north-west and grinned cheerfully from bus stops in response to the rings of my bicycle bell and sweat-splattered nods of my head. Since I am the only entertainment until the bus comes, I tried to put up an impressive show whenever I pass them - particularly since many of the bus stops were on slopes.

One group was playing cricket old village at the junction of Lim Chu Kang and Neo Tiew Road with some makeshift gear and an appointed umpire - I heard cries of "out" as I struggled up the hill there. Others in high spirits were decked out in long sleeve shirts and were probably heading for Choa Chu Kang or town.

Farmers were tending their crop at Lim Chu Kang, and some must have applied fresh fertiliser, the air was full of the rich smell! A few families were hanging out at Kranji Reservoir and I stopped briefly there to enjoy the sight of the high tide. The trash line on the reservoir sea-bund indicated we'd have plenty to do in September.

Gear shifts were smooth throughout, thanks to the new chainset. Just one stop to pump up my rear tyre and at Kranji reservoir to observe the coastline and drink. Enough reserves on me to last without breakfast or lunch. For some reason though, the sole of and side of my left foot ached badly and it was a struggle to continue after the petrol station stop.

It's a nice ride although the air is not half as nice as in the east. Still I look forward to trimming the time on this loop.

The regular version that I did not have energy for yesterday, loops past the cemeteries at Coronation Road West and Bukit Brown (Kheam Hock Road) and the longer version stretches to Changi via Serangoon Gardens and returns via ECP and Pasir Panjang.

Next holiday perhaps.

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