Saturday, April 19, 2014

Holy Week Long Ride to Nueva Ecija | 195 km | 17-18 April 2014

Black Beauty all prepped for the long ride. Photo taken at
around 2:30 am at home before I left for Luneta to meet
my fellow riders.
Spent this year's Holy Week holiday to bike to our fellow rider's hometown in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija.

It was me, along with 4 other Centurions who pedalled the 195km++ route northward.

Harry, Tats, Topher and I assembled at Kilometer 0 at Luneta at around 3:30 am last April 17 (Thursday), and then biked our way towards Bambang, Manila along Rizal Ave. to hook up with Nowie.

Waiting for the rest of the gang at KM 0 at Luneta

We took a detour through Fort Magsaysay which turned out to be a brutal uphill climb, similar to Timberland but longer.

We arrived at Tats' house in Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija after around an 18 hour journey, had a delicious dinner, and hit the sack for some much-needed rest.

The following day, we hit the road again and pedaled our way towards the Port of Dingalan...
Me at Dingalan. That's the ocean behind me...
Me, Harry, Nowie, Tats, Topher
after Dingalan, we went to a resort to swim in the cool reservoir waters which was the perfect treatment for our aching bodies.

Swimming time...

We had to head back to Cabanatuan City later in the afternoon to catch a bus back to Manila. So, we had to make quick progress for the 50km++ route to the bus station, load our bikes, and get settled in our seats for the bus ride to Pasay City.

Upon reaching Manila, we unloaded our gear, re-assembled our bikes, and prepared for the last few kilometers back to our respective homes.

I still had around 28 km. ahead of me. I took my time. I made a pit stop at a 7-11 at BGC, and then continued my ride. I finally got home past 1 am on Saturday.

I covered around 300km in total the past two days. Whew!

Me at the 100km marker
From Marikina to Luneta to several Bulacan towns to Cabanatuan to Gabaldon

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