On Friday evening I had to bike from Buona Vista to Bukit Batok. It turned out to be a gem of a commute. Yeah, Holland Road, Bukit Timah Road and Jalan Jurong Kechil aren’t much to write home about, but I cut through the old Holland Road area to get from the new Holland Road to Bukit Timah Road, and it was absolutely lovely. Greenleaf Road is undulating but not unduly steep, and the old Holland Road is on the edge of a huge (by Singaporean standards) unmanicured field, with no visible fauna on it save one or two people walking their dogs. The long (though slight) uphill grade on one stretch was physically taxing but the scenery more than made up for it. I suppose in a few years the whole damn area will be torn up for a new condo. You know how it goes. But while it’s still uninhabited, I would certainly ride that road again just for fun. Tomorrow would be a good time to do so — I gotta get my ass to Chestnut Drive, so old Holland Road will be right on the way there.
Up Chestnut Drive tomorrow, on a 46×17 fixed gear — my thighs tremble at the thought.