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Old 06-11-2012, 02:17 AM   #1021
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4 videos I managed to take with left hand on the camera and right hand on the throttle.

This is just a small part of the river


Now I tried level 2


Trying to get closer to Mayon, I thought that's enough of the scoot getting wet right after I almost sank.


On the other side of the road. Dead end for me upon reaching a quarry site. Sad thing the former farmers turned to quarrying. The story about this will be told in awhile.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:27 AM   #1022
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After trying to tire myself and ensure a good night sleep. It was time for a beer, went to a store nearby and had a strong beer with "no that is not an orange" it's boiled egg wrapped in flour with coloring, and what most westerners wouldn't try, cow instestines wrapped in flour


Forgot to post this earlier, this swamped play park gives me the creeps. Located within the Cagsawa property.



Time to go back and give the scoot a break it deserves. This is where I spent the night.


Still trying to drain myself, took a quick dip

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Old 06-11-2012, 02:54 AM   #1023
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Just at about 6:00PM I was just relaxing within the area and had a chat with one of the employees of the property. Jo was her name. I asked about what lies beyond the stone wall, she claimed it is now called "No Man's Land" This happened in 2006 or 2007 (can't remember exactly) when a freakish heavy rain resulted in a flash flood throwing down volcanic soil all over the villages and rice fields. Amazingly, Cagsawa ruins was the only place spared from the flash flood. No wonder there was this house just near the entrance filled with sand, she claimed that it was just unearthed that's why I was able to see it. She was one of the survivors who was rescued from the roof of a neighbor's 2 floor house. Now this is why the farmers are now relying on quarrying as their livelihood, there are no more farm lands to plant rice, not like the rich land owners who managed to rent plowing machines and bulldozers to revive a couple of hectares of their farm land. I couldn't help feeling depressed when she said they are slowly rebuilding tourism in Legaspi and farmers giving up on what they used to do. As she said "This has already happened a long time ago, and history repeats itself". Upon listening to her stories of casualties including one of the employees, and a lot of other residents, an old woman employee interrupted us and said there is a scheduled brown out from 7PM to 10PM. Great!!!, this is just what I need it's 6:30PM I'm eager to get some rest then I hear creepy stories of how people died a few feet from where I stand, and there'll be a blackout a few minutes from now... By the way, I'm the only guest spending the night, Jo and the older woman employee will be replaced by 2 nightshift male caretakers who I don't know. 7PM and it's already pitch dark, good thing I managed to bring my LED headmount flashlight I guess you have an idea how I slept during the night...or did I?

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Old 06-11-2012, 03:11 AM   #1024
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8:45AM and it's saddle time once again. Breakfast will be on the road, or will there be one?... As I bade goodbye to the staff of the lonely resort riding through the country side was pleasant as I am more able to enjoy the views now. Still managed to make a few quick stops just for gas, drink and photos, I was sort of challenging myself if I could make it home before dark as travel time to Cagsawa took me 11 hours.

I will see you again Majestic Mayon, perhaps one day on my way to Sorsogon


Upon going back the terrible road from Naga, I was hearing a squeaking noise. Stopped for awhile, and found out that the luggage rack has taken it's toll. Top luggage was only carrying stuff 2 kilos more or less, (Manual says 3 kilos). Wonder what the manufactures has to say about this...probably "For city use and decent motorcycle riding only"


As I exit Camarines Sur


As I exit Bicol region


A view of the ocean on the way to Gumaca never fails to make me smile.




Had to stop again at Quezon National Park "Ëme" as the luggage rack is beginning to hit my tail lamp. Took off the few stuff and placed it in a plastic bag and hung it on a hook located in front of my scoot's foot rest.


Took a few pictures of the surroundings as well


The famous steep and winding roads of Eme



Those were the last pics I was able to take on the way back. Paced faster than I was the day before, I was home by 6:00PM!!! I was surprised. Now it's time for a couple of beers with a few friends and it's story telling time.

Till my next ride report...

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Old 06-11-2012, 03:52 AM   #1025
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Battle Scooters Philippines-Paranaque to Sagada

This ride took place about 2 years ago.

Going to Sagada or long rides on a scooter is a first time for me. Lots of people do this regularly and surely we could do it too. At last after the long wait, we were able to pursue the ride to Sagada. ETD was supposed to be at 12:00AM of July 30 expecting that travel time would take awhile. Coming home from work in the shop till 7PM, I knew I had to at least take a few hours of sleep before taking off. Excited about the trip, I laid down the bed with my eyes closed but with a smirk on my face, imagining our journey which was to commence in a few hours. Sleepless, I stood up at 11PM and to my disgrace upon looking out the window, the rain was pouring hard. The plan was to ride rain or storm but at the back of my mind, I somehow know that some would be hesitant to push through. Drank coffee while smoking in front of the house hoping that the rain would stop. Psyching myself that when it rains hard, it won't last long and good weather always follows. 1 AM and still no one was replying to my text messages. Guessing that my companions decided to just sleep instead on the rainy night. 1:30AM and finally 2 of my friends finally showed up all wet from the travel from their houses to my home, again the excitement rushed back! Also another sleepy head ride companion finally woke up after 6 calls and several text messages. Soon the rain started to settle down a bit, all geared up we were able to take off at 2AM with a slight drizzle leaving behind 3 friends who were supposed to join us with all the excuses you could imagine but we knew deep inside...they were just too scared to ride in the rain Upon entering Edsa it was clear skies and was all good vibes for us riding in the dark with our grinning faces concealed by our helmets. I'm a person who could barely remember directions so somebody else had to be the spear head and guide. We had to divert Mc Arthur Bridge "I think was the name" for us to reach Bulacan where a bridge was under repair, other than the diversion road, our spearhead knew another route where we would pass through residential areas to skip the congested diversion road. Tight roads and it was really dark and to be honest, it was creepy as sometimes, there were only 2 to 3 houses in a long dark stretch. HID lamps fitted on my scoot served me well . It was time for us to gas up, paranaque to bulacan consumed half a tank of gasoline. Note that a full tank would roughly cost Php 150-160, amazing fuel efficient machines aren't they It was a cold cold night and wasn't really aware that we we're already in Pampanga, then reached Tarlac at the break of dawn to take our first cup of coffee. Checked my index card sort of list that I made indicating the towns that we would pass by and was still wondering where this Pugo road is, it didn't take us long to reach Pugo and I came to my senses that it is the road I passed 2 years ago going to the Baguio motorcycle convention, now I am really confident that we won't get lost. We were blessed with good weather all the way, but still going up baguio on a motorcycle in the wee hours of the morning is really cold. Upper perforated leathers didn't do much of a job in giving me warmth. It was mostly good roads in marcos highway with a few spots that needs to be cemented. It's one helluva break in for my scoot climbing slowly. This ride report could also serve as a scoot comparo between my Yamaha Mio 115cc to a Suzuki Sky Drive 125cc, the more torquey Suzuki proved to be a much better performing scooter on climbs and long stretches but...fuel consumption, let's just say that the Yamaha Mio has an advantage of half a tank of petrol Front suspension, Suzuki wins but still, both are a pain in the hand and arms and is enough to shake the brains inside your skull, rear suspension-single sided swing arms and mono shock gives you a sort of feeling that your rear tire is under inflated while on twisties.

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Old 06-11-2012, 04:06 AM   #1026
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Becoming a tourist again
Finally after 8hrs of saddle time and a few breaks, our first leg of the journey was over. I still know how baguio exactly looks like from my visit 2 years ago, but what is baguio if you don’t visit the usual tourist spots. Still tired and chilling, we opted to do a little tour and went to Camp John Hay and Mines view park.

The Sagada leg (July 31’10)
Woke up 7AM freezing, what’s the best thing to do…Torture yourself by taking a cold shower to wake up the body Took a quick breakfast with hot benguet brewed coffee and hit the saddle. Passed by Cathedral of Our Lady of Atonement yet better known as Baguio Cathedral to say thanks and ask for blessings for a safe ride.


There’s nothing like cruising these long and winding roads enjoying the sceneries on a scooter.




Here we had to stop for some picture taking and a cigarette break. The water was really refreshing and it didn't take long for everybody to be tempted and took a quick shower in the freezing water.


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Old 06-11-2012, 04:10 AM   #1027
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Before, I really don’t understand that much about the fuss in Sagada, but now I realized that the journey itself en route to our destination says it all. Here’s the mountain views. Truly majestic.



Reached the highest point and took some pictures for bragging rights to some of our friends who failed to come with us.



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Old 06-11-2012, 04:26 AM   #1028
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On the road again, we had to pass through patches of mud and dirt roads from time to time. Here we were closing in on our target destination, another endless ascend of rough roads mostly loose gravel and clay like soil.
Truly a punishment on the scooter. It felt like riding a jack hammer while on this road.


Land mark touchdown


The last stretch of paved road leading to the town offered a feeling of pure serenity, this is guaranteed to make anyone sigh and smile while passing through. First thing’s first, look for an affordable accommodation to lodge our back packs and look for food. We ended up booking at George’s which offered a clean decent room with shower , satellite TV and a terrace with a good view for Php 200 The room could be considered great for any “back packer on a budget”. Most shops we’re closed due to lean season and finding a place to eat was limited to 2 or 3 café/carinderia at the moment. Price is a bit high for taste value and what I’d expect it to be for a carinderia. This made us utilize the camping stove we brought and will just cook our own dinner. The locals though are very friendly but expect to have a communication barrier if you are to speak in tagalog, I think they understand English better. Took a scoot ride again to tour the surroundings, this time on shorts to torture myself further from the cold weather.

We can see the hanging coffins from this side of the road. It’s also not hard to take notice of the amazing rock formation on where the coffins are nestled.



My companions thought of taking a power nap before getting ready for dinner but restless me went out for a walk enjoying every moment that I have, observing the culture and feasting my eyes on the truly spectacular sights. I was also hoping to drop by yoghurt house and try their specialty but sadly, they closed at around 5:30PM. As dusk approached we took out some canned goods we have brought for contingency and cooked in the room terrace, dinner was gone in 60 seconds . Cold weather, hanging out in the lanay called for a drink that would heat up our chilling bodies, Gin! It was great chatting and reflecting about the adventure, with a few drinks on a cold night where the only sound we could hear were our voices and a couple of dogs barking from afar. It was lights out for most of the residents at 6 or 7PM.





Day 3-Time to tour the places we can with the short time that we have left and was not able to go to bomod ok “big falls” anymore. Here we visited Sumaging cave and went spelunking for a guide fee of Php600 for the 5 of us.
We opted for option 1 which is without the cave connection due to the limited time we had. It lasted for about 2 ½ hours, expect to get wet in freezing water until waist level or higher, a few rope climbs and rope descends. Here we were told to take off our sandals and shoes, I was thinking wouldn’t our feet hurt? We later found out that from this point, lots of climbing, crawling, and steep descends are to be tackled and the lime stones offer tremendous grip on bare feet, like a Velcro effect, now I know what it feels like to be spider man.



Very interesting rock formation

Call me weird but the stench from bat guano that annoyed my friends somehow reminded me of the smoke scent of inihaw na bangus (Milk fish) . Finally it was time to wrap it up, bought bugnay wine which tasted like sweet red wine at first sip but would leave a sour aftertaste. Off to Baguio-Manila riding at a steady pace reflecting on the journey we made left an experience that was tattooed on my mind. I’ve been riding motorcycles for quite some time already, but going on a scoot, even if travel time was an issue made me appreciate the details and beauty of all the surroundings motorcycle touring has to offer. Till my next adventure…Can’t wait
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Great photos. Kind of makes me want to visit and take a tour.
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Nice write up!
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Great photos. Kind of makes me want to visit and take a tour.
Thanks Sly-one. And oh please do, the country has much much more to offer
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Will be going to the PI in Dec. I haven't been back there since 1973, when I left as a 6 year old kid. Are there any places where you can rent motorcycles and scooter in Dagupan city?
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Will be going to the PI in Dec. I haven't been back there since 1973, when I left as a 6 year old kid. Are there any places where you can rent motorcycles and scooter in Dagupan city?
Nice to know you'll be visiting soon bro. Anyway, regarding motorcycle rentals, you might want to get in touch with "Hercules" I bet he'd know the whereabouts of MC rentals.
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Old 06-18-2012, 02:34 AM   #1035
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Sorry inmates this picture RR has been long overdued, the PDW (Philippine Ducati Weekend) was last May 19-20. This was the time another inmate fierestf (Frances) was here in Manila for other matters and had a chance to join the PDW. We started out early that Saturday morning at the Burgos Circle in Fort Bonifacio. A motorcade was mostly Ducati bikes participated with a handfull of non Ducati brands. The motorcade started from Makati and rode all the way to Clarkfield in Angeles, Pampanga.

Here are some pictures during the grouping up before the motorcade.....




















And more pix before the motorcade started....













A Philippine actor, Dingdong Dantes who rides a Diavel...





And finally, the motorcade starts!




That's Dingdong Dantes on his Diavel. Inmate Frances on the right side background..




Another pix of her in the background...

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