Monday July 18
And the last steps to the Gate and we were checked out and done. I tried poles for the first time on this walk. They were great on the uphill parts of the track but useles on the smooth rock faces and got in the way when using a rope to ascend. They slowed me down too much on the decent. Not sure I would bother with them again.
We had taken 3.5 hours to come down from Laban Rata. Lea and I took 13 hours of walking to do the return trip from the gate of 17.4 km. Every year they have an international race to the summit and back from HQ which adds about 3 km each way. The mens record for this is 2 hrs, 23min, 33 sec. for the 23 km. Maybe we're not so fit after all.
A full buffet lunch at the HQ restaurant was included in our package so we had more food. We got the bus to stop at a roadside stand and we purchased some good locally grown fresh veggies. Would have been nice to snooze on the bus trip back but torrential rain and a lead foot driver was not particularly soporific despite our early morning and exertions.
Back at Sutera Harbour the storm was intensifying with thunder and lightning very close to the boats. We sat in the restaurant overlooking the marina drinking beer instead of getting wet going to the boats. Lea enjoyed her first beer in 9 days after her “dry” stint.
Back on Gemini Lady we were dismayed to find all the power out and the fridges off. Our immediate thought was that we had been hit by lightning again —–!!!!!!!!. Fortunately it was just the BMC on the Lithium Battery that had tripped out either due to a side flash or an AC spike through the inverter. All good after a reset, thank goodness. Shared a bottle of wine and crashed.
Tuesday July 19
Legs a bit sore and soon learned to dread going down stairs. Washing plans fell through as the marina has no water pressure. Had to fill the tanks via jerries.
Major drama during engine checks when I discovered the glass bowl under the genset fuel filter had shattered. While Lea did all our trekking washing by hand I Ubered into town with John to source a new filter housing. Soon found what we needed in KK much to my relief.
All sorted by lunchtime but we decided to stay another night and enjoy the pool to loosen up. Fixed the Marina bill for an early start tomorrow. A bit dear by Malaysian standards working out to about $50.00 AUD a night but considering the facilities on offer still good value.
Said goodbye to Dale and Lorraine on Umbraluna as they are not continuing on with us.
Another walk to a local Indian Warung with John and Kerryn to loosen the legs. John was having refridgeration issues so over a nightcap on Gemini Lady we read up from Nigel Caldwells book of boat mainanence then armed with new knowledge went over to Esoterica to sort it out. Found 2 stuffed thermostats and one stuffed solenoid but fortunately all Tx valves working ok. Bypassed the thermostats to effect a usable manual system..
All set for the next adventure through Pirate territory and Eastern Sabah.