Ben Around the World Diary – Day 174 – 15th February 2020

Ben Around the World Diary – Day 174 – 15th February 2020

– ODO- 21917-22023km
– Location- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
– Weather- 31-37 storms in the afternoon

Often along the side of the road, I encounter a randomised survey of local wildlife in differing states of compression. Often in Europe and Central Asia, it’s a long string of flattened rats and mice and the occasional cat or dog. But in Malaysia, there’s a huge range in reptile life. Three food lizards. Great snakes in all colours and patterns.

Yesterday I had a real shock. I was heading down a highway and considerable speed on the hard shoulder when out of the grass cave a small mouse or vole only a few meters ahead. The amount of time before I reached it was to be less than a second at my current speed so as I watched in shock a bright green snake, thin but around two feet long shot out in pursuit. I shouted an obscenity, failed to lift my legs up before I hit it because of my clip-in pedals and all in an instant, felt the bump-bump of running over the snake which was the thickness of a garden hose and the green flashed below me.

I looked back to see the snake retreating shocked into the grass and the furry mammal making good it’s escaping across the road. I vowed to stay a little clear of the grassy verge from now on.


Hi, my names Ben and I’m traveling around the world with my bike, my paraglider and my laptop. Along the way I’m sharing the highs and lows of the life on the road. And my picks of the best places to bikepack, enjoy freeflight and work as a digital nomad. Each week I share a new video update, city guide or live streams with other adventurers I’ve met along the way.
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