Thursday, July 03, 2008
Bike Trailing East
Where does it lead to?
A question that always played in my mind whenever I was at the bus stop at Changi South Lane... going back home after meeting my Customer at their site.
I got fired-up whenever I saw bikers appeared from behind the Richfield Warehouse building, a distance away from the bus stop... dismounted from their bikes, crossed the road and continued on to somewhere great.
Last Friday, I told myself that I had to explore the trail soon or bust. And explore I did last Sunday afternoon.
Wifey was with her Sis, while Sonny was at his Malay language tuition, so I went off on my bike alone right after my afternoon prayers.
Armed with the usual essentials - my iPhone, my Lumix FZ10 camera and a bottle of ice water to discover other parts of the island using the bike trail.
Took the route along Tampines Avenue 5, I passed by Changi General Hospital at Simei and then came to pass the bus stop where the bike trail was.
The signboard said "East Coast Park." My heart jumped for joy. To enjoy the serenity a park offers is one thing good, to be at the beach... my favorite haunt, is heaven.
I got to cycle fast and hard as the Simei Park Connector track was flat and wide... I had a good cardio workout.
I was sweating like a pig as I dismounted when I came to the tunnel crossing the Pan Island Expressway or PIE.
That part I felt like I was competing in a rugged mountain bike competition where one had to dismount and carry one's bike down the rugged terrain. I had to carry the bike down into the tunnel to cross the highway and up a flight of stairs again.
I felt the burn in my thighs. It was a nice workout! Totally worth it.
The sight of the sea and the fresh, cool sea breeze were a welcomed reprieve. Serenity felt like heaven.
I then realized that it was not at all that far from our home in Tampines if we were to use the short cuts the bike trail offered. Then again, living on a small island... a dot in the world map called Singapore, I guess, nowhere is too far.
Though we had been to East Coast Beach for picnics many times before, last Sunday was the first time I actually went further along the coastline, towards the direction of the city and it was also the first time I set foot on Bedok Jetty... the haunt for weekend fishing enthusiasts I have heard so much about.
Discovering this route made me felt like a soldier doing recce work before the battalion of Wifey and Sonny can come forward to wage war against daily stresses.
We never attempted to cycle from our home to East Coast Park knowingly so that it will take a great distance to use the road. The Simei Park Connectors have made it possible to do so easily and conveniently... especially for Wifey.
The tarmac tracks made for joggers and cyclists are wide and in fact cooling under shades of the tall trees along routes, that stretches all the way to the beach park. I am thrilled for her.
I am planing for all three of us to set off on our bikes early morning one weekend to cycle to the beach.
We only need to pack our picnic essentials in my backpack and take our time to enjoy the sights along the tracks and have a picnic together at the beach. A swim in the sea will be refreshing after a good sweat.
We will get our required exercise, relax our minds enjoying nature while build closer bonds with one another... not to mention no transport money is required.
Just happy, healthy living. Life is sweet!