Last night, I decided to go do this North Eastern Riverine Loop today, a 16km route up in the – wait for it – north-east of Singapore. The 16km is very daunting, since I’m not a regular walker. But I thought I’d give it a go anyway, and if I started to die, I figured I could always just hire one of the share bikes and finish the route more quickly.
Then I woke up 😂 As I was organising Kitty’s breakfast, I could already feel the heat starting – at 9am. I could see the beautiful sunny day outside, with just a few scattered clouds in the sky. In most other cities, this would be a beautiful day to go for a walk, but here, it also means extra hot ☀️☀️☀️
I got changed and headed to brunch. I was getting hot just walking the 500m to my brunch spot 😲 Hmmm… So at brunch, I reassessed whether I still wanted to do this 16km walk…!
I then started looking at similar distances in Sydney on Google maps, a city I know intimately well, so I can better get a feel for what a 16km walk would actually mean.
- A walk from Willoughy to the Sydney Opera House and back is 15.4km
- The Bondi to Coogee coastal walk is 6km, so there and back is 12km
- Strathfield to the Opera House is 16km
Omg that’s far! 😲
I remember my brother doing a 19km (!!) walk back when he was probably around 16, and N and I were completely shocked that he even walked this entire distance, and not just catch public transport. It took him the entire afternoon to walk that distance, I still remember that 😂 But he was a teenager, with all the energy (and craziness) of youth. On the other hand, if I walked that same distance now, I may not be able to walk tomorrow (or the day after, or the day after that! 😂).
I finished brunch and walked outside to reassess. But having been in aircon for almost an hour eating brunch probably gave me a bit of a warped sense of how truly warm it was outside – because I decided to go and do this 16km walk 🤪
On my way to start the walk, I went past numerous share bikes, and I couldn’t help but think that the wide footpaths in this area, and the lack of people walking around, made it a very ideal area to cycle. So I hopped on one.
I’m so glad I did, because once I actually got on the bike track, the ride was just awesome! The National Parks Board (the dudes who gave me this walking trail idea) rates this walking trail as easy, and I wholeheartedly agree. It is very flat, no rough areas as it’s all paved, and any uphill sections don’t last for very long and are all quite slight that even I can ride a very inefficient share bike up it. Not too many people were walking or cycling – probably coz I went in the middle of the day when it’s ridiculously hot! So that made for a very relaxing ride.
I stopped about halfway through the trail for a toilet break and to have a drink. They have a few vending machines scattered along the trail, so you can stop and pick up a refreshingly cold drink along the way. There were a few cafes too, which I thought was pretty awesome. I saw this Whisk & Paddle cafe along the route, but incorrectly read it as Whiskey & Paddle, which intrigued me coz I thought that was an interesting combo and that we should try it out one day 😂
I did get lost towards the end though, which was a bit unfortunate, as I ended up deviating from the scenic route. But I somehow managed to get back to the train station from which I alighted (which was a total fluke as I have obviously have no sense of direction!), and so I ended up finishing my ride there. With all my wrong turns along the way, I actually ended up doing more than the 16km of the planned route! 😂
I will definitely do that trail again, and would recommend it to any cycling or walking enthusiasts – with the usual disclaimer that you will be out in the Singapore heat and humidity the entire time. I was melting out there! Although my getting lost a number of times probably flustered me a bit too ☺️
The map from the National Parks Board
My slightly different route ☺️
Wide paths with very people walking / riding
The water views made it a very pretty trail
I then finished off the day just watching a few episodes of this Australian mini-series called The Beautiful Lie. It’s a six-episode series that I recorded months ago but haven’t really had the chance to watch it until now – probably because I was trying to make my way through Game of Thrones the last few months! Not a bad series, and now of course I need to finish it to see how it ends. I can do six episodes, that’s not too bad at all.
Seems like I like to have lots of balls in the air: I am reading a few books at the moment, and now I’m also watching a few TV series. This seems to work for me. I think it must satisfy the variety that I crave, so I can read or watch whatever I am in the mood for on any given day. Do others do this too or do people prefer to stick to one thing and finish that off before starting something new? Let me know what you prefer to do 😊