Sunday, November 10, 2013

Jala Jala Loop | 153 km | 09 Nov 2013

Jay, Nowie and Harry near the bay at Jala Jala

We decided to go ahead with this ride despite the typhoon that devastated the south of the country.

Harry, Nowie and I assembled at our usual spot at Cainta Junction and jumped off at 8 am towards Tikling, Antipolo for our first uphill challenge.

After conquering that first climb, it was smooth sailing all the way from Teresa to Jala Jala, except for some strong headwinds and intermittent rain showers slowing us down as Typhoon Yolanda was exiting the country.

Here's the Jala Jala route we took as seen from space...

Somewhere on the downhill run along Teresa

Entering Morong 

The Road to Jala Jala...
The Jala Jala route is gorgeous. Surrounded by mountains on your left and Laguna Bay on the right, the valley is teeming with lush farmland and trees along the generally well-paved road.

Entering Jala Jala

This kid thinks Nowie's a celebrity.
Harry and I. If you take the road to the left, you'll be going towards the Bugarin downhill stretch of road.

Tree-lined and well-paved road makes for a pleasant ride.

Piss stop.

Lunch break.

Jala Jala allows you to be a whole lot closer to the bay, with a much more beautiful view compared to Pakil during our Laguna Loop ride.

My Black Beauty.
Nowie's Kerida.
Harry's Blue Train.

We took a detour at what the locals called "Irrigation". We turned left at a narrow side street with a few feet of dirt trail towards a small levee that we traversed so we can exit at Manila East Road as we looped back towards home. But we had to conquer our second uphill challenge...Bugarin.

The levee. Pretty rough waters as it was a rainy day.

Miryenda from the banana-que girl...

Climbing Bugarin...
Buko juice stop a few meters away from the Irrigation road exit as we looped back via Bugarin.

The waterfall of life. We stopped here during our long climb up Bugarin. Refreshingly cool and re-energizing.
Nowie fashioned a makeshift shower out of one of Harry's rain covers.

Climbing Teresa and Home...
It was dark by the time we passed Bugarin. We decided to have dinner before we tackled the climb up Teresa.

I had problems with my bike since Bugarin and had difficulty changing gears. So I was relying heavily on my granny gear which had the least problematic issues.

I got back home at around 8:30 am, and pedaled a total of 153 kilometers on this ride.
Lessons Learned...

1. Be careful climbing Teresa at night. There's a portion there where the road is steepest and there are no street lights. Some kids with bad intentions are hiding in dark corners there waiting to pounce on bikers.

So, if you and your friends find yourselves in that situation - stick together, illuminate the area as much as you can and keep a close eye on those kids who will jump out of nowhere to spook and distract you while some other kids will be running alongside trying to snatch items from your backpack, or worse, slash you with a knife.

2. My tablet did a good job. Surprisingly, this cheap 7-inch tablet I bought was able to record the entire route without conking out on me.

I turned on my Endomondo GPS app on this gadget as soon as I left home at 6 am, and 14 hours later, battery life was at 75%, which ain't bad at all. I could probably keep this device operational and the GPS app running without changing gadgets the entire trip to Baguio.

3. Trunk rack and Deuter rear rack bag. I bought a rear rack with mud guard and a trunk rack bag since I'll be needing these for our trip to Baguio later this month. I tried it out on this Jala Jala trip and it did its job.

Since the Baguio trip will last a couple of days, I'll need a way to bring work with me. Fortunately, my mini-laptop can fit inside the bag with some space left for more important stuff. I'll have less weight to carry on my backpack as a result.

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