First Day Under our Belt


First picture of our cycle tour – Last picture of our Malaysia house.

We did it! We survived our first day of retirement and cycle touring! Even though we’re tired, got absolutely soaked in a typical, torrential, Taiping downpour, and couldn’t find our hotel without asking, we still had fun.

Here’s what we learned:

1.The bike Garmin does not necessarily choose the same routes as the car Garmin or Google maps. But, what it does do (or at least did today) was take us down some very secondary roads which were quite fun, especially when the local high school had just let out and we were going against the stream of boys and girls racing home from school on scooters, motorcycles, and bicycles, hooting and hollering and riding 3 or 4 abreast with 2 or more students per scooter in a downpour.

2.We need to drop another 10 pounds (5 kilos) from each bike. Those extra tubes of American sunscreen, toothpaste, and shaving cream are just not worth the extra weight and volume.

And the best part of MY day……

Eric said he would like to do the laundry! I guess after 30 years of laundry, I get to retire, too!