On: Monday, September 8, 2008
Trail: Teluk Bahang Forest Park - Station 10 - Bukit Laksamana (Eagle Point) -Station 1 -Penang Hill
Duration: 6-7 hours
It was 6am in the morning and the rain finally ceased after pounding non-stop the whole night. We were determined to continue with the hike no matter rain or shine. We headed for Youth Park where we had booked a taxi to take us to our starting point at Teluk Bahang. As we planned to descend from Penang Hill via the Jeep road, it was our plan to have a car parked there. The taxi driver was already waiting there as we arrived at Youth Park just before 8am. We had booked the taxi on the evening prior to the hike from Sunshine Taxi at a cost of RM40. Reasonable?
Entrance to the Teluk Bahang Forest Park, our starting point.
From then on, it was all jungle trail and to our surprise it was very well marked. 15mins into the hike, the rain poured again and "out" came the raincoats while "in" goes the cameras. Damn...gotta get the waterproof camera. Although it was raining quite heavily then, we were shielded in most parts by the thick vegitation and timber-high trees. The ground was treacherous though as streams of water flowed down at high speeds. But then again, we were quite glad that it was cooling and the breeze was really refreshing. Breathing in the cool air really made this trip worth-while.
After 2 hours in soaking rain, we reached our first rest-stop at the peak of Laksaman Hill or Eagle point as they call it. This man-made structure constructed in the middle of the dense forest provided us with temporary shelter. The rain had subsided by then, but it was a dissapointment as our view were blocked by the thick mist.
After 5+ hours, we finally stepped foot on the tarred road leading to Penang Hill. The rain was still relentless and when there is rain, there are leeches as Chong discovered later. This fat leech had gorged itself with Chong's blood without him realizing.
We had lunch at the Hill top's cafeteria. As the funicular train service is still down, there weren't many operators. Moreover it was the fasting month. The high carbs-intake of Fried Maggi Goreng + Telur Dadar + Hot Milo did not stopped us from shivering as the temperature plummeting below 20 degrees. And there is another hours' descend to the foot of the hill....
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