Roughly six hours away from London is the Little White Town of Bideford in North Devon, famous for (you guessed it), the little white buildings that make up the town, along with an extensive maritime history and oddly enough…witches.
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After taking Yammie on a couple of casual jaunts around London the promise of clear blue skies provided the perfect excuse to add a few more miles to our road trip log. A two hour trip to Brighton would be ample time for Neil to get some riding practice in and for me to practice my holding on skills. We should have allowed for longer… Read more
Road trips are something I’ve been missing since we arrived in London; discovering new places, fish n chips on the beach and a few beers whilst watching the sunset are a little more difficult to come by when you’re relying on public transport. Going from two cars to no car has been somewhat challenging and with summer just around the corner we decided it was time to add to the Neil and G family.
From the sidewalk (there wasn’t actually sidewalk anywhere in sight), riding a motorcycle in Penang looks pretty daunting. The streets of Georgetown are a network of one-way alleys and main roads, where you’ll need to dodge pedestrians, hawkers, trishaws, cars and open sewers. Did I mention other crazy motorcyclist’s and other vehicles going against the flow of traffic and doing u-turns without indicating?
Riding a motorcycle in Penang is a hell of a lot of fun, although for the less experienced rider, I imagine it could be a little stressful. Having owned and ridden a Ninja 600 in NZ on a daily basis, a bike with enough poke to hit 60mph from a standing start in about 3 seconds, I thought the 100cc 4 speed Honda would be boring. In all honesty, I think I had more fun on the little Honda than I ever did on my Kawasaki. This is mostly due to the way you need to ride in Penang to stay on 2 wheels, would result in the loss of your license and quite possibly a short stint in jail back home.
Let’s face it, there’s only one way to ride a rented motorcycle… like it’s stolen.
Wanna scoot Penang?
- Scooter hire starts at RM25 for 24 hours.
- You MUST have an International Drivers License. If you want better insurance coverage it helps to have a motorcycle license as well.
- You’ll need to provide a RM200 deposit for the bike and the helmet.
- Wearing a helmet is compulsory and you will be fined if the local police spot you without one.
- At the time of writing this blog post petrol in Penang cost RM1.90L
One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is on the back of a scooter or motorbike. Why? There is nothing quite like the wind in your hair, sharing the road with a bunch of other scooters and taking in all the new smells. Of course the good comes with the bad; dirt and dust stuck to your sunscreen, sun burnt feet, panda face (sunburn tan from your glasses ^^) and helmet hair. Absent from bike riding for several months I’d also forgotten the number one rule….always keep your mouth closed, airborne snacks are never tasty.
With Summer Camp done and dusted we were officially on Summer vacation. We’d decided early in the year (to the delight of our co-teachers) to spend a week on Jeju Island (Jeju-do). Jeju is a volcanic island, located in the Korea Strait, right at the bottom of the South Korean peninsula. Often described as the Hawaii of Korea, it’s a really popular honeymoon destination for Koreans and a favorite vacation spot for Japanese and Chinese tourists.