The Green Dollar
Cycling Adventures

The Esplanade

Left home at 9.30am to meet friend at Esplanade at 11am. Got there on the dot. Journey there was relatively pleasant, terrain flat enough for tireless ride. Took route Dover-Buona Vista MRT-Commonwealth MRT -Queenstown MRT, turn left down Dawson place, Alexander Rd, Ganges Rd, Havelock with its stretch of hotels like Copthorne Orchid, then cutting across Chinatown to Raffles Place then down Fullerton to Esplanade. Stretch of Alexander, Ganges terminating at Havelock visually dull. A thought of urban density came up. Remembered how in Beijing there would be dozens of things happening and to see in a short stretch. Visually stagnant rides make them seem longer. Bicycle park outdoors on the side of the Esplanade.  Return trip took a different route. Not a good choice. Down Robinson Road was visually interesting, but cyclist-unfriendly because of steps off buildings which line the road. Public pavements are not wide enough to enjoy continuous cycle. Lau Pa Sat has no decent parking lots. Seems like cycling is discouraged in the business area. Down Neil Road and Kampong Bahru Road also less pleasant. Sidewalks at shophouses too narrow and has steps. Heavy vehicles parking along Kampong Bahru makes cycling there and crossing junctions to Bukit Merah dangerous. Ride at Bukit Merah too tedious. Full of undulating terrain, decided to go an extra distance turning left to road with Ikea for the flat terrain. Road back from Queenstown MRT- Commonwealth MRT- Buona Vista MRT familiar and reasonable. 3 stopovers made on the way home. One for lunch at Lau Pa Sat, one at bus stop at Bukit Merah because Yooga fell asleep and decided it will be safer if he slept on my lap instead, one at a kiosk to grab a bottle of orange juice. Back home trip took an indecent amount of time. Took approx. 3 hrs. Long trips like this not recommended with children. Also to take as just good fun. Not fun for functional transport. Takes too much energy. Came home and needed involuntary shut eye.

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