Group Ride or Solo?

group rideMy group are planning a ride to Baguio this coming December 27. But sad to say a lot of them are becoming tentative with their skeds as the date gets nearer. I was looking forward for this ride ever since. So if ever my riding buddies won’t be available, I might do a solo ride!

Whew! Kinda tough decision for me actually since this would be my very first long solo ride. Although Im confident that my 3 mos old Yamaha Mio can handle the whole journey efficiently. I will l still bring it to a good mechanic for a check-up. Good thing Mio parts is not at par with Ferrari parts or else I can’t afford to have one.

Leading the Pack

After planning the ride for about two weeks,(going to Marilaque) a lot of the riders (my co-employees) shows interest in joining. Unfortunately when the day of the ride came, only half of them arrived at the meeting place. Those who didn’t make it excused themselves for some alibis. Anyway, the ride would definitely push through even without them.

We were then composed of 12 (luckily were not 13 lol) individuals, nine riders and 3 backriders (some are just newbies, and all of them have never been to Marilaque, except me). The funny thing is that I was the only one riding a scooter, and all of them have underbones.

We were supposed to be three scooter riders, and one of them would be my ride buddy Deo, who volunteered to be the spear or the sweeper for this ride. But wasn’t able to join us that day due to some important reasons.

Since I was the only one who have been to Marilaque (2x already – 1 day and 1 night ride) I was left with no choice but to be the spear and lead the pack. Deep inside I was excited because this will be my first time to be the spear and also nervous because I know that all of them would simply rely on me for the whole ride to be smooth sailing. (Not to mention that Geely – my ride is already 5 years old.)

So before we go, I gathered all the riders and explain to them some guidelines about the ride and the plan was from Tikling, we would go to Sierra Madre Hotel via Cogeo and then back to Cogeo again. “wala po sanang pasaway” (“I hope no one will be misbehaving“). Then I let them followed me in saying a rider’s prayer before we proceed with the ride.

And then off we go. We all have fun riding the twisties and stopping over at some scenic spots for some picture taking. I have to thank also the two underbone riders from the Wave 125 Club (sorry bout ur names, I honestly forget it, is it Blaster?) who accompany our group all the way to Pranjetto Hi Hotel (were we took our brunch). Afterwards, the group decided to take the road to Tanay going back to Tikling (therefore making a loop instead of the orginal itinerary).

So from our departure at 7:30am, all of us are in our own home safe and sound by 11:00am. Tired but obviously very happy because I knew I have served them well. Want proof? Two days later, I met them at the office, with big smiles on their faces, and in chorused they said “Let’s do it again?” I replied “Wow! Now all of you are ride addicts!” Together we all laughed! hahaha!

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