Sunday, January 13, 2008

Night Cycling!


NEW year... NEW things!

1st cg in 2008!

Some of the leaders & I decided to organize something NEW for our members & frenz!

We held a combined cgm, followed by NIGHT CYCLING!

Cg- Steph (N178), Joseph (N233), Garvin (N391), and my cg (N351).

Venue- "Aquarius By The Park" (oppo Bedok Reservoir)

Here is MY CG durg fellowship...


We tried the NEW Eastern Coastal Park Connectors Network!

Launched just a month ago in Dec '07, this 42-km network links up popular beach parks in the eastern part of Spore.

Altogether, 40 of us embarked on this Night Cycling journey!
(35 cyclists and 5 non-cyclists) and here's the program...


Route: B, C, D, E, F.
Time: 11a.m. - 5a.m. (with abt 20-min break at intervals)

Start Pt.: Bedok Reservoir Park
End Pt.: East Coast Park to see SUNRISE! (ha ha!!!)

We rented the bikes at $12 each (fee includes sendg & pickg up of bikes... Garv's lobang)

While some were testing and choosing their preferred bikes, the rest were already pedalling around the park. We simply cant wait to set off!

B: Tampines Park Connector (Bedok-Tampines-Pasir Ris) 5.4km
This is a residential area, filled with quite a no. of traffic lights.

We past by a BIG POND and saw many people doing NIGHT FISHING. Hee... Probably the fishes would be SCARED OFF by this group of bikers ZOOMING by in the middle of a quiet night!

Many dismounted and pushed the bikes up the slope in order to conserve energy.

Our reward?

A THRILLING, downslope ride! Yipeeeeeeeeeeeeee...........

C: Pasir Ris Park Connector (Downtown East - Start of Loyang) 2.3km
The enthusiasm level remained HIGH!

All of us moved off PRETTY FAST sfter our 1st break!

However, the motion SLOOOWED DOWN in unison when we approached the end of this stretch.

The moment you thought all bikes were gone???

Amusingly from afar...... you can see a batch of bikes, with flickering red lights, moving sloooowly up the slope.

This stretch is a KILLER.

We exerted a lot of energy to peddle the bikes upslope.

Some got off and pushed the bikes up the slope instead.

Despite the hardship, all remained DETERMINED to get to the next point!


D: Loyang Park Connector (Loyang - Changi Village) 3.4km
In this route, we had to occasionally bend down our head, to avoid hitting the long "arching" branches extending to the pavement.

Gotta be CAREFUL!

Otherwise your face will get SLAPPED by the hanging leaves and this will really WAKE YOU UP! ;p

E: Changi Park Connector (CV to Changi Beach Park) 1.5km
We rested here for 30mins, took a drink and ate peanut butter bread.

Some bought Pocky from the nearby 7-11. How many of you remember an old-time funny Pocky advertisement...
"Cho-ka-lat or Strawww-berry?"

F: Coastal Park Connector (Changi Beach Park - Start of East Coast Park) 7.9km
This route is SMOOTH and EVEN!

BUT... very, very loooooooooong... Almost NEVER-ENDING!

We took the loooongest time to finish this stretch!

Almost an HR+...!!!

Everyone just switched to "autopilot" mode and kept on going, encouraging one another..... :)

During the journey, our spirits get LIFTED UP by the occasional visits of planes LANDING or TAKING OFF!

We were sooo CLOSE to the planes! They just FLEW above our head. :)

Z: East Coast Stretch (Start of ECP - McDonald's) 4.5km (est.)
This is my most ENJOYABLE route.

You hear the sound of WAVES crashing the shore, feel the gentle SEA BREEZE and know in your heart you are reaching the finishing point soon!

All these just CHEER YOU ON!

After all our hard work, we finally smelt VICTORY!

The familiar and long-awaited smell of... McDonald's!

We were OVER THE MOON when we saw the BRIGHT & CHEERY yellow "M" SMILING at us!

"It's myyyyy McDonald's!

Nothing beats having BIG BREAKFAST meal and hot coffee at 5a.m. after a long 6-hrs cycling. Some even ordered a 2nd helping of Sausage McMuffin!

Yes! We need A LOT OF FOOD to replenish our energy! Hee...

Most of us COMPLETED the NIGHT CYCLING journey!

WOW.... It is really NOT EASY!

35 cyclists on the road for 6hrs!

Possessing the "Never-Say-Die" attitude,

DETERMINED to CONQUER the 25-km stretch!!!


(the coastal park stretch)

(a plane on its way to LAND @ Changi airport... it was ZOOMING past so it's difficult to capture a clear image)

A special THANKS to Keith who sacrificed sleep to drive e safety vehicle in order 2 attend 2 anyone who needs help.

He wore a shirt "Giving My Best"!

The grey prints added on to say "Nothing is ever Impossible"!

Keith! Are you trying to tell us something? Ha Ha!

Nah... It is Keith's kind nature to help and he does it w/o expecting anything in return. Commendable virtue!

And also not forgettg Preedee and our new fren Novi!

Both are not able to cycle well but they still tagged along in the vehicle to CHEER us on!

They even volunteered to be the "Safety Man" and "Safety Woman".

(Here is our shy Pree, going around to collect the unwanted cups aft the cyclists finished their orange drinks! *Awww* Love ya bro!)

This Night Cycling is a SUCCESS! Thank God!

No RAIN! Praise God!

Here's a glimpse of the SUNRISE...A BRAND-NEW DAY!!!

(Everyone is tired but HAPPY!)

And you know what???

Earlier this week, some of us have an ADVENTURE while carrying out the RECCE.

On TUE night, we went to TEST the route first.

Unfortunately, It started POURING b4 we can even set off frm Pasir Ris Park!

We were STUCK IN THE RAIN with our already-rented bikes.

Left with no choice, we decided to wait for the rain to stop.

While waiting, we bought cup noodles to feed our hungry stomach. Here we are... eat the hot, steaming noodles in the cold weather. *Yummy!!!*

An hr later, the rain subsided!

As we were about to move off, the uncle in the shop shouted "WAIT!"

He thrusted some TRASH BAGS to us, saying that it could SHELTER US FROM RAIN!

We thanked him for his kind gesture but were HESITANT to put it on cos we would look real AWKWARD & FUNNY!

However, due to the HEAVY rain and the fact that we hd no umbrella, we accepted the offer. Giggling like little kids... we began poking our head & arms through the bags!

Amazingly, these trash bags really WORKED to SHELTER us from rain and keep us warm!

Along the way, we saw some cyclists wearing the same "costumes" like us.

They were even more "PRO".

The costumes were NICELY FOLDED and were LONG enough to cover the cyclist's knees!

Ravi joked that these people are one of us.

He cried out "See you on Fri!"

(our make-do raincoat!)

It was FREEZING COLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And the rain didn't seem to stop!

In desperation, we had a mini PM at one of the bus stops in Changi Beach Park, crying out "God... STOP the rain!"

The rain did stopped gradually! Praise Him!

As we rode along the coastal stretch, we could see PLANES TAKG OFF every 5 mins!


To create fun, some of us even waved bye bye to e planes! Ha ha.

We were so RELIEVED when we reached McDonald's @ECP. Hungrily, we ordered set meals.

All of us hd HOT Milo except for Ravi who preferred his 2b COLD! (Cold Milo in a cold weather? Take my hat off you Ravi!)

While enjoying our food, we freaked out at the thought of cycling back to Pasir Ris Park to return the bikes.

Garv rang Sijia who graciously picked us up and sent us to Pasir Ris Park! So grateful to her!

Both Steph and I sat in front while the bros took the back seat. It started drizzling again and the poor bros were CUDDLING under one umbrella.

All of us were SHIVERING when we returned to Pasir Ris Park.

Aaron even had a "freeze attack". His legs were so NUMB that the bros need to carry him out of the vehicle.

Fortunately, the bicycle vendor gave us some HOT water to drink and after feeling so much warmer, we went home.

Most of us reached home around 5a.m.

CYCLING with our BLACK TRASH BAGS costumes,

dun u think we look like the pic below?

(ha ha... Yea! E.T. adventure!)

Aaron, Garv, JonChoo, Ravi, Steph and I cycled 45km this week!

20km on Tue, 25km on Fri... Ha ha! Unbelievable!!!

It was truly an UNFORGETTABLE adventure for us in JAN' 08.

Looking forward for many EXCITING things to come in the remaining months!

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