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Getting Lost at Gopenghagen
"For a short time, people forgot about the worries and woes of the day-to-day and truly got lost in the beautiful moments surrounding them"
Gopeng, Malaysia
October 2020

It was chilly at Gopeng the weekend when local motor club Throttle Riot’s much- anticipated event “Let’s Get Lost” happened. The cool weather made the ride from Rawang to Gopeng a pleasant one. Some riders took the highway while others opt for the scenic and much quieter ‘old road’, following the winding paths that will eventually lead them to the event venue at Gopeng Riverstone.

The rain and dampness softened the sights and sounds around the campsite, and even brought about a thin mist that made many jokes that they were in “Gopenghagen” instead. The name got stuck, but for good reason, with the magnificent Gua Tempurung insight and the lushness of the forest all around, everyone was dozing in and out of a dream state.

The event followed a loose schedule and throughout the day people were moving in and out at a leisurely pace, enjoying both the beauty of nature as well as each other’s company. A pack of more adventurous riders chose to take their bikes out for a “warung”-hunt, settling down at one nearby with glasses of cold “teh” and conversations about the different guiding principles when it comes to purchasing a bike.

Back at the campsite, everyone was having their own version of a good time. To some that would be taking a short nap in their hammocks, while others preferred quiet reading or gathering around games of Carrom and “Congkak”. Parents sat together to catch up on each other’s lives, while children swam and played in the river.

When evening came, fires were started and the mouth-watering scent of BBQ could be smelled from all directions. The musically-gifted took out their guitars and Cajon and produced tunes that everyone could sing along to. People sat in circles, smoking the hookah, and talking about riding trips that would come soon.

The next day, those who were early risers followed the beautiful trails for a morning jog at the break of dawn. The rest would wake up fully-rested, starting another fire to make hot cups of Nescafe that would eventually be shared and passed along to new friends.

“Let’s Get Lost” brought riders from all places and walks of life together, giving the gathering an almost-family-day kind of vibe. For a short time, people forgot about the  worries and woes of the day-to-day and truly got lost in the beautiful moments surrounding them. By the last day, most people felt rejuvenated enough to head back to their lives, but already planning in their head the next time, the next ride, and the next wandering of the soul.

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