Sunday, April 26, 2015

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte (Days 3 & 4)


Me at the 500 km marker...
Days 3 & 4.

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte (2-5 April, 2015).



I arrived at Vigan past 12 midnight and had a hard time looking for a place to stay, as a lot of the nearby inns were all occupied.

I was lucky to get a room at Vigan Metro Inn but I had to shell out more than 1,000 pesos.


I was exhausted from the 200km+ ride. I woke up late the next morning. I had a good breakfast, geared up and started pedaling at around 8 am.
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Here's Day 3 & 4 Video of My Pagudpod Ride



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Endomondo Route from Vigan to Bangui, Ilocos Norte


I had to find a vulcanizing shop to repair the punctured tire interior when I had a flat tire last night.

Day 3 was a smooth ride. I was starting to see the seaside on my left and I was aching to dip into those waters. The Bangui windmills were a spectacular site.

I reached Bangui town at around 7 pm I think, and I was tempted to keep going until I reach Pagudpod, but I was unsure if I could find a place to stay there so I decided to check into an inn now and pedal to Pagudpod the next day.


The next day...

Woke up early on Day 4 and proceeded to Pagudpod. It was an easy 20 km ride but it was drizzling on and off that morning.

I reached the town around an hour later. I was surprised to bump into the Bike for Pencils crew on their folding bikes. They also came all the way from Manila, but took a counter-clockwise route, and we ended up meeting each other at Pagudpod. This was the ride I wanted to do for Holy Week, but their ride started on March 30, and I couldn't get off work until April 2. That's how I ended up doing a solo ride instead!

We eventually parted ways. They were going to pedal all the way back to Manila. that left me alone again waiting for the Manila-bound bus to leave.

I went into town and was told that the Manila-bound bus would be leaving in a few hours. That didn't leave me much time to go to the beach and it was still drizzling. So, I decided to take shelter under a nearby hut to pass the time.

Soon enough, the 3 cyclists from yesterday that I met on the road yesterday whizzed by and I decided to tag along with them. We went to the bus terminal again to ask about the bus schedule, and would't you know it, the bus wasn't leaving for another couple of hours. We suddenly had a lot of time left and so what better way to pass the time than to head off towards Saud Beach!

And so we went, and it was a wonderful way to end the journey. The water was incredibly clear and cool.

We packed up at around 3 pm and headed back into town. The bus left at 5 pm and we touched down in Manila at 6 am the next day.

I still had to go to work though, as it was a Monday. When I got home, I had a few hours rest, then got dressed to go to the office.

This was the best Easter break I have had so far. Looking forward to the next adventure!


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WATCH MY VIDEO HERE.
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WATCH MY VIDEO HERE.
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte (Day 2)

Halo halo break during my ride to Vigan.
DAY TWO (April 3).

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte (2-5 April, 2015).

DAY ONE HERE.

I checked out of Five Star Apartelle in Urdaneta City at around 7 am, and started pedaling towards Vigan over 200 kilometers away.


It was going to be a long, grueling ride and the heat was unmerciful.


Meeting new friends - Centurions Cycling Club
But I pushed through, and caught up again with this group of cyclists making their way towards Sagada. They are apparently members of the Centurions Cycling Club, and the Sagada ride was their latest adventure!


Day 2 (Urdaneta to Vigan) GPS Route.
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VIEW ALL THE PICS HERE.
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My Day Two Video!

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Some Day Two Pics:





















Saturday, April 18, 2015

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte

A view from Saud Beach, Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte
DAY ONE.

Biking to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte (2-5 April, 2015)

I spent my 4-day Holy Week holiday cycling to Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte.

It was a mostly solo ride. But I met a few other cyclists along the way, made more friends, and enjoyed the fun & adventure of this awesome ride with like-minded individuals.


My Endomondo GPS Route.
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Some Day One pics:


MY GEAR & GADGETS

XS-size Surly Troll frame
Shimano Deore 2014 3x10 groupset
Jones H-Bar
Brooks B17 leather saddle
26" Alex Rims
Continental Tour Ride 26 x1.75 tires
XS flat pedals
Ibera rear rack
Plastic rear fender
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Deuter rear panniers
Frost River Caribou trail bike bag
Top tube bag
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Nokia Lumia mobile phone (to run Endomondo app)
Samsung Note (for quick videos and picture-taking)
Samsung tablet w/ SIM
Handlebar-mounted action camera
Cateye wireless cyclometer
Multi-USB port power plug
3 power banks
120GB Apple iPod
Mini-speaker
Earphones
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3 dry fit t-shirts
2 sleeveless jerseys
2 plaid flannel shirts
Underwear, socks
2 cycling shorts
2 mountain bike shorts
1 swimming shorts
Safari hat
Cycling hat
Bike helmet
Fingerless gloves
Rain jacket
2 baraclavas
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Multi-tools
Tire puncture repair kit
2 spare inner tubes
Spare AA & AAA batteries
Blinkers for front & back
3 bungee cords
1 bike lock
1 air pump
Chain lube
Swiss army knife
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3 water bottles
Waterproof covers for panniers
Zip lock bags
Wallet, cash, IDs
Toiletries, towel, wet wipes
Medicine, First aid
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