Monday October 26 2009
It was another marathon day at the GP on Sunday and another 4 am bed time. I got a new room mate last night again, and he is coming along with us sight seeing and shopping today! The first thing we all did was to go and have breakfast LOL. We then picked up Baim’s girlfriend and went to breakfast again. After 2nd breakfast we took his girlfriend to school and dropped her off for the day. Once it was just guys again we headed out of town to the countryside. We traveled some nice roads fit for motorcycle fun, but we were on 4 wheels that day. We stopped along side the road where it overlooks KL for some photos.
Baims car. I like all the cars in this country, nice and small and useful. No GIANT suv’s here.
Chan and Baim with KL in the background
On our way back into KL we stopped at a motorcycle shop. Here I met a great fellow that makes custom exhausts. The shop was called 25 degree Cycle and the manager was Othman. We talked about bikes, exhausts and how much fun I was having in KL. It was a cool little shop, and very cool that you can get custom one off exhausts done here for not a lot of money. I watched the welder start to piece together a set of pipes and he does good work. We left the shop and headed back towards KL for some tourist activities. On the way we just had to stop to eat again at a roadside place. I call it place because it was just a small food service wagon parked along the road. The food was good and I was completely stuffed at this point and could have gone at least 3 days without eating.
The roadside eatery
We all piled into the car and drove off to KL Tower. KL tower looks much like the Space Needle in Seattle and has the same purpose, a viewing platform for tourists to get a good look at the city from above. We found a parking spot and went inside and purchased our tickets for our ride to the top.
The beautiful ceiling in the lobby where you get on the elevators.
The Petronas Twin Towers from the KL Tower
My new buddy Chan and I
Around the top of the observation deck are about 8 or 10 viewing areas. I walked around and checked them all out. The glass was a little hazy from all the recent rain, but you could still see the city below. I was amazed at all the construction I saw in every direction. KL is a city on the rise, housing, apartments, business centers, malls and skyscrapers were being built on every available piece of land. It is nice to see this type of activity coming from the rust belt of Ohio. The area I live in has been in steady decline for the last 30 years, and it is good to be in a place where things are changing for the better.
Looking down on the city below
We took our last looks out the windows and rode the elevators back down to the lobby for the rest of the KL Tower experience. There was a small zoo, the F1 challenge and the pony rides…. We did not do the pony rides, ha, ha, ha. We walked outside to the lower level deck and spotted a couple getting ready to ride the zip line. The guy went first after a little prodding from the guy running the zip line ride.
The girl on the other hand was having none of it. We waited for about 5 minutes for her to tip toe to the edge, lay down on the platform and do everything not to step off the edge. Finally she got the courage to go (after I yelled out to the guy to just push her off).
I looked up the tower from below and was shooting this pic.
It was then that my gaze turned to one crazy couple from who knows where sporting the weirdest outfits I had seen on this trip. The guy looked like a blonde version of Bono from U2 and the girl looked like the wife of Dog the bounty hunter. I could not leave without getting a photo of those two.
When the laughter caused by Bono and Dogs wife subsided we filtered our way through the crowds to the small zoo.
Anyone want to climb in the enclosure with this guy?
Harrrrrrrrrrrrrr…. (best pirate voice)
One of the most interesting animals I saw was this skunk. It was very light and had no black fur. They were very active never stopped moving, it was hard to get a quick shot, but I tried.
After the zoo was the F1 challenge. Basically it is the cockpit of an F1 car with a huge video screen in front of you that simulates a race. You get to sit in chairs and watch the other people race and then it is your turn. I jumped in the car and just drove. When it was all over I thought I had finished dead last, as I had not seen another car the whole time. I was relieved to find out I finished first, yay! On our way back to the car there was another victim of the zip line. Her expression is priceless.
It was getting late and Chan had to leave for home, so we dropped him off and Baim and I headed to market central for some shopping. The shopping center is mostly tourist stuff, trinkets and such which was perfect as I just wanted some small stuff to take back home for my wife and family. I ended up getting my wife a silk head scarf and some small refrigerator magnets. We don’t even like fridge magnets, but we have them from everywhere we have been.
The day was coming to an end and I was shuttled back to SBM to meet up with Sam and Liza for dinner. I said goodbye to Baim and parked it on the couch while Sam attended to a customer buying a new KTM! Check out the Canfield Honda and Pointview Cycle stickers on the display case ha, ha, ha. I wonder if anyone asks about those?
Sam and Liza took me to a very nice restaurant with a small river and waterfall right behind our table. I had a wonderful time with the two of them and we talked all through dinner. The two of them talked me into a foot massage after dinner. The massage place was downtown and we had to squeeze our way into a tiny parking spot causing a little bit of scuffing to Sam’s nice rims on his car. Dang. I didn’t know what to expect once inside as I had never had a foot massage before. It was strange at first, but apparently it was relaxing as Sam and I both fell asleep making us unwilling victims of this photo;
Tomorrow I get to ride on the track!!