Beautifully cool morning to snuggle in. Had another first – a hot shower and wash hair in Ozzie - worked well, enough hot water for two. Drove up hairy one-way road to Mossy Forest, at top of Gunung Brinchang. At top, immediately surrounded by tourists from three tours, wanting to know where from, where going, what's in truck, what cost, and if carrying guns for protection! Forest spectacular - moss on ghostly trees in mist, tiny orchids and pretty flowers throughout.
Went through tropical butterfly farm - had never seen wide-winged ones before, plus millipedes, scorpions, rhino beetles, corn weevils, stick and leaf insects, and scruffy rabbits!
Lunched at roadside stalls, steamed yams, charcoal corn on cob and fresh strawberries ("self-plucking" variety!) Stopped at tea plantation, had lychee tea (vanilla tarik way too sweet). Plantings go right to edge of road and to top of mountains- green patterns following curves and contours of land. Bigger plantations build villages for their workers with small mosques. Views at Lakeside spoilt by silted muddy water filled with rubbish. Bertam Valley was mirror image of greenhouses approaching Brinchang, except more wholesalers, predominantly Chinese.
Came to a dead stop in Ringlet - in midst of busy market with cars and trucks double parked into road. Vibrant is only description! Met up with Miles and Marina (MnM) who'd whizzed through the same towns we had since being towed through Singapore and crossed into Malaysia. No doubt our paths will continue to criss-cross throughout SEAsia as with JnJ until we seriously travel together daily through China.