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750 kilometers in 20 hours Luzon Philippines

Discussion in 'Asia' started by pinoyadvrider, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. pinoyadvrider

    pinoyadvrider Pinoy ADV Rider

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    My PETRON Sprint 4T ENDURANCE and ECONOMY RUN 2011 Story

    Finally, I am officially joining the PETRON Sprint 4T ENDURANCE and ECONOMY RUN 2011 to be held on Feb. 5 which is a saturday.

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    After more than a month of Googling the routes and checking the roads and maps via Google Earth, the day is drawing nearer and nearer. Nervous? Yes! This ride is a 750 kilometer run for 20 hours starting at 12 AM. Mixed feelings and emotions lurk as the D-day comes.

    Thursday, FEB. 3, I can't sleep. Yes, I am excited and nervous. I finally managed to sleep at 2 AM and I woke up at 6AM. I have to go to PETRON Diego Silang for the pre-inspection of the motorcycles and fixing the paperworks before the ride itself.

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    Friday, FEB. 4, 7 AM. A long line of riders are already on the site. Papers are being checked, ongoing pre-ride briefing is being held and motorcycle inspection is ongoing as well. I took a lot of photos with my DSLR camera.

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    FEB.4 | 12 PM.
    Cut-off. Everybody is ready or should be ready. You can go home and rest for a while and come back at night before 8 PM before the take-off. A lot of riders from faraway places, chose to stay and wait it out. I stayed too, so no rest for me.

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    Coffee, coffee and more coffee. Lipovitan too. I have to be awake. There is no turning back now because I know this will be one of the rides of a lifetime.

    FEB. 5 | 12 AM After some short and encouraging words from our sponsors, organizers and the chief of police, we took -off. 100cc-115cc took-off first followed by 125s and so on with 15 minute intervals between them. Nice weather. Not so cold. No rain. Roads are clear.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    WE RODE on, Monumento riding to the towns of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bataan. Nearing Bataan, there was a minor crash. A lot of riders stopped to help a fallen comrade. Not minding the competition anymore. At least at the moment.

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    A few seconds later,help immediately arrived.

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    Then there is the first PETRON checkpoint in Bagac.


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    On to Morong, Bataan. Twisty roads met us. We rode on until we finally entered Subic.

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    I got my GPS phone but there is really no time to look at it. We were traveling at 80-90 Kph.

    We arrived at the PETRON Subic at around 6AM. After a short snack of hotdog and juice, we rode on to Castillejos, Zambales riding north up to Alaminos, pangasinan.

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    San Narciso, San Felipe, Botolan, Iba, Masinloc, Candelaria, Santa Cruz, Infanta, Burgos, Mabini and finally, Alaminos. The roads are nice, cemented. We encountered a little rain. I have to stop and gear up for rain because I am carrying an expensive electronic device.

    If I see 2 or 3 riders together, I try to convoy with them. This is not a slow ride. Full throttle baby!

    It is so encouraging to see marshals on every turn guiding the riders.

    Alaminos, Pangasinan. We are supposed to take breakfast here at 10AM but it is already 12PM. I am late at this checkpoint but so are many others. I ate Tapsilog fast. I rested for a while, wanting to sleep for one hour. But NO! We have to ride on because the supposedly 12PM lunch must be in a restaurant in San Jose City Nueva Ecija which is very far from Alaminos.


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    We left Alaminos immediately. We have to be at a checkpoint in Urdaneta before 2PM. We rode on and on. Finally, Urdaneta. Quick checkpoint and 5 liters of gasoline. Ah, there is a Lipovitan here at PETRON Urdaneta.

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    Load up, "Let's Ride!" shouted Kenneth, a guy riding a Honda CB150R. " San Jose City is ony 72 kilometers away from here.", he added. We rode on.
    Turn here, turn there. Ah, marshals... excellent.

    Halfway, Kenneth stopped. " I can't go on." He said. " I'm too sleepy, I might crash, you go on." I decided to stick with him, we rested for a while at a lonely waiting shed along the way.


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    We chose a perfect spot. The air is fresh and the views are stunning.


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    After a while, I heared thundering motorcycles coming from the road from which we came from. Ah, here comes the 150s and the TMAX 500s.

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    "Let's Ride!" I shouted. " It is going to get dark soon."
    We rode on to Marquez Restaurant, San Jose City at around 4PM.
    We grabbed a quick meal that is supposed to be lunch.

    "Let's Ride! It is still a long way to Aritao." Around 70 kilometers away, someone shouted.

    I rode fast, Kenneth on a CB150R can't keep up. I convoyed with 3 guys on 125 cc scoots riding as fast as hell. More twistys all the way to Aritao. Very nice backdrop as the sun sets on a Marlboro Country scene.

    4:45 PM, we arrived at PETRON Aritao. There is still light. Checkpoint here. I still have gasoline in my big 8.5 liter tank. Better ride on.

    I saw a sign. Baguio 109 kms. It is going to be a night ride.

    I saw 3 bikes entering the route, I followed at full throttle.

    Mountains and mountains. Super twisties. Left, right, left, right. I bet you can never count the bends. It is too much, flashing like a bad dream. 109 kilometers of super twisties. We crossed 3 to 4 mountains, 4 bridges, most if not all bends look alike. "Aren't we being played by supernatural beings??" "We may be riding on these twisties forever...." There is only the 2 of us, another rider who stuck with me feeling the same fears as I did.

    Good! Finally, we rode fast and hard. We finally caught up with other riders. We finally arrived at Baguio City. It is 8PM.

    I sat down the sidewalk of PETRON Kisad Baguio. Tired and disoriented. I felt a sense of fulfillment. 750 kilometer ride in 20 hours. Another one in the books.

    Tomorrow, awarding day.

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    Then, I rode back to Manila.

    Total ride, 1000+ kilometers.

    The PETRON Sprint 4T oil did an excellent job of keeping my engine cool.

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    Special thanks to Sir FRANCIS and PETRON for this unforgettable ride.

    Time to prepare for the next ride.

    THE GREAT NORTH LOOP RIDE anyone?

    By Larry T. Herrera
    FACEBOOK Larry T. Herrera | Pinoy Adventure Rider


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  2. Hercules

    Hercules "Proudly Philippine Made"

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    pinoyadvrider>>

    Congrats of your Perton Endurance run 2011 participation.
    Great RR and nice pictures, how I wish I can take pix as clear & sharp as those.

    Thanks for posting. :D
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  3. pinoyadvrider

    pinoyadvrider Pinoy ADV Rider

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    Thank you Sir HERC. I have been lurking since Nov. 2010. I have read most if not all of your posts. I finally managed to find time to post.

    I am a photographer volunteer on this event. I brought along my Nikon D80.
    I think from now on, I will bring the d80.:evil
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  4. Hercules

    Hercules "Proudly Philippine Made"

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    I am glad that you finally came out from being a lurker and started posting your adventures. :clap

    I suggest that you bring your D80 or any point & shoot camera all the time to capture those moment when riding, to share with other inmates here at ADVriders forum how we do it in the Philippines.

    Thank you for reading my post too. Hope you can share more and more here.
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  5. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    Nice report and ride. I like your choice of camera also. The Petron Endurance is a great event.
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  6. pinoyadvrider

    pinoyadvrider Pinoy ADV Rider

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    Tnx Sir HERC. I feel, it is a duty now to promote the Philippines as a prime adventure destination. :>
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  7. pinoyadvrider

    pinoyadvrider Pinoy ADV Rider

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    Thank you Sir. :>
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  8. stampedeblue

    stampedeblue Adventurer

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    nice report. thanks for sharing.
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  9. Rackemcrackem

    Rackemcrackem Unsafe at any speed

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    Thanks Pinoyadvrider, it's a pleasure to see another ride report and pics from more roads in the Philippines!

    Before riding on Luzon this winter, I had no idea how challenging it would be to ride only 150 to 250 km, at most, per day on my trip. For some reason, a lot of Philippines ride report photos show nearly empty roads. :D

    Depending on the route, the roads can be more congested and require more passing maneuvers than most Americans could ever imagine. Not to mention the "normal" road hazards like a farmer's drying rice covering most of a lane of traffic around a blind corner, chickens, dogs, goats and carabaos on the road, dirt or fuel spills on corners, traffic going at all speeds between 10 kmh to 100 kmh on major roads, etc.

    At least Philippines drivers and riders usually know how to use their mirrors, when they have them!

    My hat is off to you guys, especially anyone who takes on a distance challenge involving night riding!
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  10. pinoyadvrider

    pinoyadvrider Pinoy ADV Rider

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    Thank you for the kind words Sir. I have mastered the perfect riding technique here in the Philippines. I never had a major crash since 1982.
    I always look at my speedometer and never let the bike run more than 100kph even though I am on a 400cc bike.

    I also do not race on the road. I look far ahead and use my instincts. Like if there is a child or animal on the side on the road, I imagine that this entity will jump in front of my bike. I blow my horn like a freight train and allow clearance :>

    Being diehard adventurers, we ride on any weather and conditions. I kinda like the rain ride. We also ride our MTB at night. :D

    Our North luzon ride will be for a week. We will be riding leisurely at 250 kms. max per day taking lots of photos.:D

    Tnx again Sir.
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  11. NSFW

    NSFW basecamp4adv Super Supporter

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    nice job larry, thanks for the RR.
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