Zendogs’ New Year’s ride: Northern Park Connector Network

Sun 02 Jan 2010 – Zendogs rode the northern loop of NParks’ Park Connector Network to celebrate the new year.

The group consisted of six Zendogs, five who rode the Western Park Connector Network for last year’s new year ride (Cat, Airani, Chi, Aaron and myself) and Benjamin and three others, Aaron’s friend See Yong Pey and two adventure racers taking it easy with us, Ling the Merciless and Ken Low.

I rode down from Holland Village to meet the Zendogs at Casuarina Road prata shop at 7.30am. We set off after breakfast and headed along the following route and returned the same way for a total of 38.94km. It was a safe and pleasant ride and well recommended.

  • Old Upper Thomson Road
  • Sembawang Road
  • Mandai Avenue
  • Mandai Road
  • Mandai Park Connector
  • Ulu Sembawang Park Connector
  • Woodlands Park Connectors
  • Marsiling Park Connector
  • Admiralty Park
  • Sembawang Park Connector
  • Yishun Park Connector
  • Sembawang Road
  • Old Upper Thomson Road

Chi led us on a route he had recce’d and plotted out. I was taking in the scenery and did not consciously remember the route we took. Hence this is a recollection and might not be exact (*update: Ben and Chi corrected the Woodlands/Yishun and Semwang/Mandai sections*). I plotted the route I took using Bikely, cross-referencing the map on the NParks PCN webpage and grabbed and annotated the final image using Skitch.

Woodlands Waterfront is a nice destination and it is nice to see people relaxing there. We cycled through Admiralty Park to peek at the mangrove there and were getting hungry soon after when a brief shower greeted us near Yishun. Benjamin had a flash of inspiration to detour off the PCN to Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital for lunch and Ladybug, a recent patient there, enthusiastically supported the idea. So we persisted for a lovely lunch at a peaceful setting.

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See other photos from the ride at Flickr:
Zendogs New Year's ride on Flickr

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