Distance: 72.79 km
Average: 25.6 km/h
Total distance: 10217 km
I knew my arrival in Melaka was expected because my amateur radio friends there had been asking what day I would come. But, not even in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the welcome I was going to receive.
The day started quiet enough with a breakfast at the club house in Port Dickson where I had been staying for the night. Rabin, my host, and a few other guys wanted to follow me in a car the first 20 km to the state border with Melaka. There we were met by what I learned was the cortege that would follow me all the way to Melaka.
After saying goodbye and thanks to Rabin and the guys from Port Dickson we started to move. The cortege now consisted of several motorbikes and scooters, a couple of cars with lights and serenes, a number of photographers, and in the center of it all, me. For a guy who is used to cycle alone it was a crazy experience!
Enjoy the ride!
Once in Melaka we made a tour around the city – of course with my escort sounding their sirenes and flashing their lights to stop all other traffic. Usually I’m the small guy in the traffic. Today I was the king of the road.
The last stop was the Dutch square were even more people waited. First we had a chendol, a local desert made of shaved ice and coconut milk.
Then it was time for an interview with the local newspaper and even more photos. The guys had even made a banner with my name on it. I almost couldn’t believe it.
And how it looked from my side.
Next a man who turned out to be the tourist director of Melaka came over to say hello. This is also when I started to get presents. Many presents. So many that I think I have to go to the post office tomorrow to ship some of them back to Denmark. Unfortunately there is no more space in my bicycle bags.
While being the center of attention like this for the whole day can be tiring, there are advantages: Nice girls coming over to ask if they can add you on facebook and take a photo 🙂
And finally a group photo of everyone present.
To all my friends in Melaka. Thank you so much. I was never in doubt that I would receive a nice welcome in your city, but what you did was truly amazing. I honestly don’t think I will forget this day for the rest of my life. Terima kasih!