“The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn” -David Russell
Last February 27, 2010, Saturday at exactly 6:15am, seven brave men journeyed into another uncharted territory, the twilight zone of Cavite, and to date, that biking adventure was the longest and the hardest I ever did as a biker.
Based on my CATEYE VELO8 Speedometer, the data was: 132.38 kilometers, 5.40.29 hours, 2632.8 calories, with 23.3 kms/hr and 49.8 kms/hr average and maximum speed respectively. The route: San Pedro Laguna-Carmona-GMA-Dasmarinas-Manggahan-Trece Martirez City-Naic-Maragondon-Magallanes-Kaytitingga-Kaysuyo-Amuyong-Alfonso-Tagaytay City-Silang-Bulihan-GMA-Carmona-back to home base.
What made that route the hardest? It was hilly, uphill and treacherous under the scorching heat of the sun. We also encountered thirteen times flat tires along the way.
Let me acknowledge my biking team mates, all members of TEAM TURBO for successfully subduing those beautiful places which were never been conquered before.
Joe Asuncion, Benny Marzan, Ben Lapitan, John Power, Joel Cruz and Ramon Cenia.
We arrived home safe and sound at 5pm. Thank You LORD for Your guiding mercy and protection.
One of the many ‘flat tires’ we encountered along the way. This one was in Trece Martirez City.
In Naic Cavite…Thank you SPYDER for my sunglasses.
Joel, Ben, John and Benny.
At around 930 am, we ate breakfast here at the town proper of Maragondon Cavite, 30 minutes away to Puerto Azul.
First time to conquer Maragondon by means of biking.
Flat tire again in Maragondon-Magallanes Road. The sun now was so unforgiving…
Besides me is Ramon.
At around 1030am…
A unique barangay name as we approached Magallanes.
At 11:30am, whew! The heat was now upon us and we’re running out of water.
At Talipusngo Maragondon Cavite, still far from Magallanes. It was now past 12 noon.
Economical and cheap, yet elegant garbage bin.
Another ‘tire’ casualty.
Some ‘coffee stop’ along the way.
Finally, at magallanes Cavite at around 1pm.
It was so ironic that we went here with all our efforts only to have a picture like this and immediately we went our way. Photo sessions lasted only 2-3 minutes. Thank you Magallanes Cavite. 🙂
What? Flat Again?
At Kaytitingga Magallanes cavite…we ate ‘halo halo’ here.
Romancing the bamboo…doing some stretching using this native tree.
Flat tire again on this area. This place is so beautiful. Nice training ground for ultra running. Approaching Alfonso Cavite…
As a kid way back then, I knew how to ride on a carabao or a horse. I missed those days. 🙂
Biking not only develops strength, endurance and spirit, but also patience and teamwork. Mon and Joel tied with the most numbers of flat tires, 6 times each. But we’re helping them and waited for them…
Benny in one of the lighter moments…
I love that carabao…
Boundary of Tagaytay and Silang Cavite.
Water please…Here, my plantar fascitiis and some knee pain were obvious. In Silang Cavite at around 4pm.
At 5pm we reached Southwoods…
Tired and lapsed, I did it!
Home at last at 5:10pm…In John Power’s residence, with ice cold water, coffee and green mangoes with bagoong. Weird combination of foods but nothing to be compared with what we did that day. We wanted to eat everything. 🙂 Thank you John once again.
During that biking trip, I consumed the following:
4 pieces bananas, 3 choco sandwiches, 1 cup rice, 1 order of chicken adobo, halo halo, 1 liter of gatorade, 3 mountain dew, 1 coke, 2 glasses of RC cola, 2 liters of water, 2 teaspoons iodized salt, 2 milo bars, 1 fudgee bar, 1 rebisco strawberry biscuit, a 350 ml Cobra.
And a ‘never say die’ spirit.
I’ll rest today until Friday. BDM 102 follows on the eve of Saturday.
See you there.
God be Praised!
2/26/2010 Donors Update HOLY RUN on HOLY WEEK 250 Kms RUN For the Chosen Children From Luneta to Baguio City…
Dante Oliver P50
Robert Cruz P50
Let Guieb P50
Erick Guieb P50
Amazing Grace P35
Conrad Aquino –
Abet son P50
Juvy Pagtalunan –
Jinoe and Quennie Gavan –
code name:Matthew P5 per km for every km that I can run
code name: Pinay from Boston $50 ( already received)
Billy and Mai San Juan P1,000
Danny Almendrala –
‘Anonymous’ UK30 (already received)
You can deposit your donations on my BDO Savings Account no. 598-002-7964, Fernando de Lara, on or before March 25, 2010. After doing so, send me a notification via sms to this number 0928-5548057. That ‘foundation’ monitors this activity via this blog and my facebook account, so you can have the assurance that your money will be given to them.
God be Praised!