Prepping the Otter Trail: the recce with new guides

The Raffles Museum Toddycats’ Otter Cycling Trail is back!

Project managers Meryl Theng and Amanda Tan reviewed feedback from the Otter Trail trial last September and have reorganised for the improved version this year!

Registration admitted 31 participants this time, and new safety and nature guides were recruited. The new guides had to be familiarised with the route, so off we went on a recce!

At breakfast at our usual haunt were prospective nature guides (Xu Weiting, Fung Tze Kwan, Ng Wen Qing and Rachel Oh) and safety guides (Kenneth Pinto, Louise Neo, Chloe Tan, Dinesh would join us later) the guides checked their bikes and listened to a thorough briefing by Sivasothi aka Otterman. The guides all paid close attention, as they would be briefing the subgroup participants the following week.

And then it was time to set off!

Your organizers, Amanda and Meryl, are all ready for the ride! I (Pic: Rachel Oh)

Your organizers, Amanda and Meryl, are all ready for the ride!  (Pic: Rachel Oh)

The weather was merciless from the start. The scorching sun rays proved to be a real challenge for many of us who are not regular cyclists! Taking a slightly slower pace and constant hydration was key to surviving this ride.

Nonetheless, the experience of the trail and discussions about nature managed to keep our spirits up as we prepare for showtime the coming Sunday!

Check out the highlights of the recce below.

Relaying conservation notes about the patch of forest along Elias road

Relaying conservation notes about the disappearing patches of forest along Elias road (Pic: Fung Tze Kwan)

Cycling along the narrow canal path from Pasir Ris Dr 3 to Lor Halus

Cycling along the narrow canal path from Pasir Ris Dr 3 to Pasir Ris farmway (Pic: Rachel Oh)

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Long-awaited lunch stop at Mushroom Cafe in Sengkang Riverside Park

A minor fall but worry not; first aid kits come flying out of our bags!

A minor fall but worry not; first aid kits come flying out of our bags!

A group picture of some of the guides at Lorong Halus, on our way back to Changi Village

Watch this space for updates about Otter Trail v2.0!

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One response to “Prepping the Otter Trail: the recce with new guides

  1. Pingback: The Otter Cycling Trail v2.0 – Of herons, storks, owls, otters and stories galore | Raffles Museum Toddycats!

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