My Velo friends and myself headed off to Calamba for a lovely ride! It’s amazing to see how different the atmosphere is just a couple hours away from Metro Manila. Suddenly, there’s no traffic. There are trees! The area is green!
We met up at 5ish in the morning at the petrol station in Buendia where we loaded up Paul, Lawrence, Zarah, and Brznf. Kuya Albert then drove us to another petrol station where we met up with Arman, Mia, Mar, Pia and Jayson before we headed off to Cuidad de Calamba to park one car. The van was going to be used as a support vehicle!
We cycled to SM, where we met up with the Gatdula’s. Enjo’s kids are hardcore!
This is Mar.
Headed off to a statue of our national hero, Jose Rizal.
Then we went off the beaten path. Cycled a very steep uphill, then downhill, then uphill over wet and mossy paths….
The view started getting wetter, and I could hear water dripping somewhere…
Because there was a waterfall! I forgot the name of the place, but the water’s really fresh and cold.
Decided to take a short break when we went back to the main road.
We cycled past Dream, an infamous surplus bike shop known for their soaring bike prices.
Then we headed to UPLB, a branch of our national university down south.
Cycling through lush greenery.
It started to drizzle at this point, but by then we’d already reached our lunch stop — a fishing place slash restaurant. Arman really enjoyed this part because he loves to fish. For the rest of us, it was a looong wait for food.
We ordered a ton of food. Here’s a dish with pako salad and kare-kare. Pako is a kind of wild fern. Kare-kare is a oxtail and tripe peanut-y stew. DELICIOUS!
The boys decided to cycle back to the starting point, but the rest of us were beat. We loaded up our bikes in the support vehicle and enjoyed the cool drive home.