First of all, congrats to all who participated in the weekend's activities; be it XTerra Teaser Event, TNF Thai 50km/100km Ultra Marathon or even the Konvoi Berbasikal Hari Wilayah Persekutuan in Putrajaya. :-)
For us, we were not happening enough so we didn't participate in any events. Hah Hah
Hubby asked "what's your mileage planned for tomorrow?"
Wifey : "No mileage. I'm reserving Sunday to walk with you, remember?"
And so we did. The family had a stroll and a picnic, sorta. ^^
This week, we chose an easier route to tackle. Just a stroll with no planned mileage somewhere in Putrajaya.
We parked our car at Taman Botani and walked to Taman Wetland. Taman Botani to the Boat House of Taman Wetland got us around 2K. Plenty of cyclists here. Adults and kids. So much different from a few years before when we would rarely see another visitor there.
From Taman Wetland's Boat House, we could use the bridge nearby to get to the other side of Taman Wetland but we chose to pass through the tunnel under the bridge and walked on this gravel path.
Would've missed this view if we walked on the bridge. Of course, choosing the gravel path meant we added an extra 1K to our route.
The path connecting both sides of Taman Wetland, enabling one to walk across the lake.
And we arrived to this area.
We continued our walk on the gravel path along the lakeside. We only started our walk at 9.00am and it was getting hotter as the morning progressed. Plenty of fluid taken (we were prepared with two bottles of isotonic, one bottle of Ribena and one botter of mineral water; apart from food). There were shady paths that helped ease the heat.
The boy, despite being tired and hot (and a tad grumpy occasionally) played and goofed around while enjoying the scenery.
Next time, please follow Mummy's example and wear a hat/cap...
We walked about 6K and reached to this intersection and decided to turn back. One can continue to walk on the gravel path as it continues onwards but we're reserving that long walk/jog later, when we'll start at an earlier time and without son. There are many "rough" paths that we can try. *fun*
Zaini opined that we could get 20K+ mileage on the Taman Wetland path, just following the MTB trail. Would've nice to train running there to get used to an un-surfaced rroad. It's a relatively flat route so it's perfect for a newbie like me.
After the intersection, we chose to walk on the tarred road instead of the lakeside gravel path. Murder on the body! It was shadeless and boring! Hot! Hot! Hot!
We got to an area nearby the flamingos pond and had our picnic there. Nasi lemak! There are plenty of wakafs, tables and benches in Taman Wetland for anyone especially those coming with the family to relax there.
Lepak for our Nasi Lemak break for twenty minutes and then we continued our walk until we reached the Nature Interpretive Centre.
We decided to enter to enjoy the air-conditioning (heh heh) but the exhibits there were kinda nice and we ended up looking and trying stuff at the centre for almost an hour! I'll make a post about the Nature Interpretive Centre (NIC) or Pusat Penghayatan Alam, Taman Wetland later.
Oh, by the way; entrance is free.
Heading back, we decided to use the shortcut and walk on the bridge to get to the other side to reach Taman Botani. The boy was happy to know we were almost finished. Can't blame him. ;)
We took almost 3 hours to finish a 10.50km walk. 20min to eat brunch. About an hour at the Nature Interpretive Centre.
Good bonding time with the family.
Next time, we'll have another family bonding time helping out at Titi 100K/50K. See you there, if you're running in it!
A map and summary of today's stroll