Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Long Journey


It has been awhile since I last travel outside Kuching. Been thinking of traveling to somewhere further other than Kuching area by car. The only thing that troubles me is that I dont want to travel alone. Of course, by all means, I want to bring my whole family too or otherwise the journey is not worth going.

Am thinking of traveling from Kuching straight to Merapok - the most northern village of Sarawak few metres from Sarawak - Sabah's border. Merapok is my mom's home town or village and it has been on my wish list to travel by my own car and park it under my grandmom's house. All these while, I only travel by plane or by boat from Limbang. Am not sure how far is Merapok from Kuching. But from Kuching to Miri alone, it takes more than 1000km.

From Kuching to Sarikei is about 350km. From Sarikei to Sibu is about 100km. From Sibu to Bintulu is about 200 plus km. from Bintulu to Miri is nearly 400km. Now you guys can do the math. But that just Kuching to Miri. Still we have Miri to Brunei, Brunei to Limbang, Limbang to Brunei and Brunei to Lawas. Then only after Lawas we have about 60km to go to Merapok.

I know! You guys must be thinking that I am crazy! But hey, thats the whole fun of it. JOURNEY! Time to see Sarawak from land view.  I dont know why, I just love to travel by car. If I can go to KL by car, I would do it definitely.

The longest journey Ive done using my current car is from Kuching to Miri in one shot. I only stop for pee and refueling. I took off from Kuching at 9am arrived at about 6.30pm in Miri (9 hour and 30 minutes of journey). For record, Sarawak does not have highway like in Semenanjung. Imagine old Rawang road all the way from Kuching to Miri! Imagine no rest station. 80℅ of the journey is jungle and a bit here and there, a sight of rumah panjang.

The rules of rest while balik kampung journey like in TV ads does not actually applies to Sarawak due to the fact that there are no proper rest station except non-halal kedai makan or just merely petrol station. As for journey from Kuching to Miri, its always the best to fuel-up the tank to full from Kuching, refuel either in Sarikei or Sibu then lastly in Tatau, small town 80km from Bintulu. Dont think about looking for petrol station from Bintulu to Miri as for the next 250km, there is none!

Sound interesting and adventurous ek! When I was in KL, 4 hours driving is considered as hardcore. Here in Sarawak, most drivers are capable of high endurance and long journey. Long means they can cope with more than 5 hours driving without rest. To be honest, driving from KL to JB is just merely uses 10℅ of my endurance capabilities. The road condition over in peninsular is 10 times better than here. I guess, 60 laps on F1 Grand Prix is just a joke. Though I will come last, but I believe I can make it under 2 hours without a single rest at all.

The old saying "slowly but surely" is also does not apply if driving from Kuching straight to Miri. The slower you drive, it will definitely taxing. You dont want to drive in rural road when night comes as it will expose you to night chase robbery or something to the same scenario. Furthermore, the longer it takes you to drive, the more tired you become. So, the best motto is "drive faster but be more extra carefull" as you do not want to hit people who lives in the rural area while they crossing the road out from nowhere.

The best speed for this journey is somewhere from 90kmph to 130kmph. Anything more than that, you will be dead as the curves, bumps, holes, the road conditions and the trafic is all in mess. Anything slower than that you will end up covers only about half of the journey for the whole day effort. The journey really sound harsh and taxing. But for me, this is what I called true adventures.

So, traveling by car from Kuching to the most southern place in Sarawak does not only requires money for fuel, but also needs high endurance capabilities, determination, strategies and of course little bit of courage. 

16 comments:

chubbyhubby said...

Bukan setakat,money for fuel, endurance...good company to talk to, tidbits and snacks are very very important.....hahahah.....for smokers...off course rokok so as not to fall asleep.....jangan lupak baby wipes and mineral water...hehehehehhehehe

HERMZZ said...

I guess, thats true also but bro, I literally do not eat anything during long journey. The most I only drink about 2 mug of coffee for 12 hours journey.

Reason? Coz there is one time I eat during journey, suddenly nature's call. Alamak...!! No place to do the business and I have to TAHAN it for 200km journey for the next gas station. 200km bro...! even if you drove as fast as 200kmph, it still need atleast 1 hour to arrived. It is so painful.

Becoz of that day, I swear I will not take any food atleast 8 hours before journey and during journey.

HERMZZ said...

Lesson learnt!

cohong gym said...

Fuck! ini dah macam rally paris dakkar. Punya la jauh. Betul kata kau, kalau di semenanjung travel dari KL ke Johor atau KL ke Penang dah dikira long journey. Kira dah masuk kategori heavy, tapi kat Sarawak dikira nothing.

Ini dah masuk endurance journey. Kalau kau suruh orang semenanjung drive kat Sarawak, tak siapa yang sanggup. Niki belon lagi baik hahahahaha

HERMZZ said...

I think Along dah pernah rasa macamana travel on road kat Sarawak. If not mistaken, its from Sibu to Mukah. But bro, thats only 20% of the taste of traveling by car in Sarawak

HERMZZ said...

But guys, I am pretty sure that judging by previous experience, I dont think he dares to do it again.

So Along! Kata budak gunung. Ada brani ka pakai Vios hang pi Mukah?

Eddy said...

alang2 trus drive pi sipitang & trus sampai kk, bulih sia belanaj ko makan sup ikan..

HERMZZ said...

inda apa tu Eddy, nanti gua pigi sana bulan posa, lu belanja lunch apa saja jenis sup kau mau kasi belanja.. Amacam?

cohong gym said...

Aku rasa Along dah practise kat Dubai bawak kete kat padang pasir. Mesti lepas ni dia power hahahahahha.

Makan lunch masa bulan puasa? ishh ishh ishh.....

HERMZZ said...

Di power kat Dubai boleh la... Sana lubang pun tara. Sini lubang besar tayar motor pun ada. Dah tu, kalau buat journey malam, berenti kat tengah jalan, kalau ALong keluar berdiri kat tgh jalan, sure orang tak nampak. Nampak gigi je

Eddy said...

ok set...puasa suda dekat, klu ko berenang sekarang, ngam2 start bulan puasa sampai, trus kita pg lunch buffet lagi..haha

cohong gym said...

setakat lubang, kat kl pun banyak. aku pun dah beberapa kali masuk lubang tapi nasib baik tak jatuh. ada member aku jatuh motor pasal termasuk lubang kat tengah jalan. nasib baik tak de apa-apa. jalan kat malaysia ni macam lombong la. kejap kena korek, pastu tutup balik.

Syamsulfaiz said...

Seriously, whoever has driven in Sarawak, they can survive any road conditions in any part of the world. Aku pernah drive KANCIL dari Miri-Bintulu-Selangau-Mukah-Oya. The worst condition was from Selangau-Mukah-Oya. Tayar lori pun boleh pecah. Sapa ada duit bagi Sarawak buat jalanraya la.

Kalau Pak Arab Dubai drive di Sarawak baru diorang tahu apa fungsi sebenar 4x4. Kat Dubai diorang drive atas highway dan pasir je. Tak susah langsung.

cohong gym said...

Along,
kalau tayar lori pun bole pecah, aku tak dapat bayangkan betapa teruknya condition jalan raya kat Sarawak.

p/s berapa banyak tayar spare yang kau bawak?

HERMZZ said...

Gua pakai Humvee tara hal.

HERMZZ said...

Along,

Kalau hang dah buat dari Miri pegi Oya pakai kancil, Miri to Kuching or vice-versa dah tak jadi masalah dah. Tinggal endurance capabilities je lagi sobabnye, Miri Kuching tu jauh gile. Kalau buleh buat 9 jam setengah kira dah laju tu. Standard will be around 10 - 11 hours.

Gua dah buat 2 kali dah Selangau - Mukah tu... memang brutal. Nasib baik hari panas. Gua layan pakai Honda City sekali and Savvy sekali. Memang SODAP!!!

But seriously, aku kalau buleh tak nak layan pi jalan Selangau Mukah tu lagi guna keta aku. Kalau nak jugak, gua nak layan pakai 4X4 je. Apa kata, hang beli sebijik kat sini, then nanti gua offer gua drive dari Kuching. Lu duduk rilek je. Amacam???