February 23, 2004 GMT

Since our last entry we have travelled down the Queensland coast to Brisbane, stopping in and seeing all Pats BOUGI Boys mates (motorcycle club- stands for Bad, Old, Ugly, Guilty, Insane) all along the east coast of Qld. Highlights included: Ninbin- a hip, little town from the 60's where even the kids greeted us with "pease man, wanna buy some pot?!!" We thought it was a hoot! Byron Bay was also fantastic and the surf was pumping. We had a great time with Mum and Nev at Tweed Heads and walked Chris's dog 4 times a day!!
Then we arrived in Brisbane and the work started on the bike- getting the crate (a Harley full dresser), putting the bike in it without having to dismantle it, change the tires, install the Autocom intercom that works brilliantly and heaps of other last minute jobs- thanks to Gary (Doctor Wilson - our motorcycle mechanic with a passion for Super Tenere's). We partied with Karen and Rodney, Jenny and Michael, Leive and Murray (again) and Ken and Carol Duval (Horizons Community contact).
On the 16 Feb 2004 we flew out to Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia. We went directly to a lovely little beachside village called Cherating (on the East coast of Malaysia) and stayed put for 5 days. It was fantastic- we had a beautiful bungalow right on the beachfront with private bathroom and verandah for AUS$16/night!! We had a choice of about 10 superb seafood restaurants to choose from with fresh seafood and fresh fruit and fruit drinks. We really chilled, reading, sleeping, walking along the beach, canoeing along the river spotting monkeys, generally taking it easy. One day we saw 2 drownings- the Malaysians are not very strong swimmers and the women swim with all their clothes on- Muslim.
We are now in Kuala Terengganu, heading north up the East coast towards Thailand. Tomorrow we are going to Perhentian Island group which is supposed to have fantastic snorkelling and diving and lovely bungalows and food again!
We have seen heaps of groups of big road bikes ridden by Singaporeans driving like madmen!

Posted by Patrick Peck at 01:16 PM GMT

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