Viajista goes to Baler

Viajista – Ang Biyaherong Turista rode again last May 17 and 18 to the scenic and historic Baler, Aurora which most of known before as Baler,Quezon kase nga daw part ito dati ng Quezon Province and also because its the birthplace of Pres. Manuel L. Quezon until na declare na yung capital ng Baler which is Aurora na maging independent province, thus making it Baler, Aurora. Gets nyo ba? Basta yun na yun hehe!

Original plan was to take off at around 3am at SM Fairview. Pero siempre pinoy time pa din nasunod at kami ay nakaalis na at around 4:30 am. Nasunod naman yung mapping namin but since we’re all first timer to Baler, naligaw kami onti sa me pagkanan namin ng Cabanatuan at napadpad sa isang dead end haha.

Actually there are two road options go to Baler from Cabanatuan. First is the Pantabangan-Casili Route which is the longer route but offer much better travel though there’s still some unpaved section along the way. The other is the Baler-Bongabon Route, much shorter distance to Baler and offer the road user to an adventurous, winding and rough road trip. We love to try this route, but thinking our bikes are not design for it, we choose the first route. Mahirap na baka me masiraan pa.

Canili Dam Maria-Aurora via Pantabangan Canili Basal Baler Road

We’re not disappointed naman sa napili naming ruta. We’re all amazed sa ganda ng daan, patag pagkakasemento, yun nga lang me mga part pa rin na lubak-lubak. Ang masaklap lang madalas after ng downhill naka-pwesto yung mga lubak kaya mejo nakakagulat lalo na siguro dun sa mga gabi bibiyahe.

At sa totoo lang, napaka technical yung dadaanan mo dito. Not recommended for newbies sa zigzag kase magsasawa ka sa twisties (downhill and uphill), hindi matapos-tapos, parang roller-coaster, almost 80 kilomoters ba naman grabe! Liko dito liko jan, siguro matagal na 200 meters na straight yung dadaanan mo hehe. I can still recall seeing a twisted or pilipit na daan yung parang sa mga Indy 500 na aakyat yung sasakyan mo habang paliko ka hehe. Astig! Sarap dalhin dito mga Pinoy Drift Trikes posse ko at I’m sure magsasawa sila sa dami ng downhill spot!

Sa dami nga ng pahinga, ligaw, lunch, groupie shots, flat tire, at Cobra break. We finally reach Baler at around 1:30pm. Yeap we travelled a gruelling yet satisfied 9 hours. One factor why I say gruelling was the heat from the sun. Dati basta huminto ka dun ka lang maiinitan kase pag running ka na me wind ng sasalubong sayo, now it’s different, andun pa din yung impact ng hangin sa face mo, only its humid kaya mainit pa din at ito ang nakakapanlata. Ultimong baon kong mineral water na nasa harapan ko hindi ko na din mainom kase maligamgam na sya.

After we set foot on our rented house, we just rest our asses for more than an hour tapos ayun. Biyahe na naman, this time on a van going to Mother Falls, one of the tourist spot in Baler, only to be surprised later on that we’ll have to hike almost two kilometers uphill just to reach it. Wappakkkk, ano ito triathlon? wahhhhhh.

Stopover for a groupie shot on the giant replica of a motorcycle somewhere in Cabanatuan

The rest of the evening was history, a few shots of Empelayts and down I go to sleep to recharge myself for next day beach and surf activity and of course for our travel home.

my odometer reading for the whole trip

Take Off
Lagro QC – 34092

Touch Down
Baler – 34348 – 256kms

Finish Line
Anonas QC 34597 – 249kms

Unleaded Gas Intake

Lagro QC / 2.90 liters

Nueva Ecija  / 2.24 liters

Baler / 2.78 liters

Cabanatuan / 2.12 liters

Total Gas – 10.04

Total Distance Travelled – 505 kilometers

Average Fuel Consumption – 50.29km/liter

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Manaoag Ride II

manaoag ride II

Once we set our bikes at the parking area, we took turns on going inside the church to pray and meditate. Its because we brought lots of things kaya hindi pedeng iwan, kaya pinauna ko na yung mag-partner. After 15 minutes they were back. Its my turn naman. I lit up 3 candles at the candle areas, line-up in the confession, and took some photos before I leave. (all in all I spend almost an hour din cguro hehe)

Walandyo, paglabas ko wala na yung mga kasama ko. Nag-txt na pala (sa celphone kong naka-silent hehe) at sabi ay sumunod na lang ako sa hotel (though they told naman the guard about my things before they left it).

Wow Hotel! Yessss! I hopped on my Mio and rode for about 5 minutes before I reached Star of David Hotel. Its a modern design 4 story Hotel near the church. Not that big, but its the coziest place around (i think so) and besides, they got WiFi hehe.

Our night time were not so jubilant, after dinner at Mang Inasal, we bought eight beer-in-cans at 7-11 and sneaked it inside the hotel. The problem is Sergs was not feeling well, after gulping half of his first beer-in-can, he got an upset stomach. The second problem was that
he goes inside their room and bade me goodnight! Bottomline, I got all the beers and the pulutans (Sisig na Bangus and pistachio nuts) all in my room. (Im solo in my room, haven’t I told you that?!).

What else to do? (the tv has no cable channels, kamusta naman yun!) So no choice, but to drink and surf the net. I’m just lucky I got a decent signal since my room was at the 2nd floor, and the wi-fi router were located at the looby of the hotel. Cguro, I’ve finished 5 in cans before calling it a night hehe.

The next day, we were discussing if we’ll take the loop instead of the the usual route we take. (The loop – via Lingayen, Dagupan, Zambales, Olangapao road) Its not in the original plan, so pinili na lang namin yung dating dinaanan namin (Urdaneta, Tarlac, Apalit, Bulacan road) kase iniisip namin baka maligaw kami or hindi namin kayanin sa sobrang layo at init ng panahon. Its about 9am na rin kase when we take-off at Manaoag.

On our way home, the ride was a bit faster now. I can’t believe it, but Sergs says the highest speed we made during some stretch was 115kph. OMG!

Para nag 2nd break-in ng motor ko, first time ko syang naamoy sunog na langis ng pinilit kong i-overtake yung Honda Wave 125 (success naman hehe).

We’ve reached Monumento at around 2pm. I thank God we all got home safety from our ride. All I can say, its a GOOD RIDE and a GOOD FRIDAY after all.

See what’s inside my Givi Box –

Manaoag Ride I

manaoag ride

Sa sobrang tambak ng work (office at sideline) naipon na mga ipo-post ko hehe. Naudlot tuloy itong mga photos namin ng Gala de MIO – the name we called for the meantime to our very small group of riders – we’re only two haha!

manaoag ride

Two Yamaha Mio owners to be exact. I got the Mio Sporty while my friend Sergs got the Mio Soul with a converted body kit of a Mio MX.

We (me. sergs and his partner) took off at around 4:30am Holy Thursday at Anonas Quezon City, and reached the church of Manaoag before 10:00am. It took us one breakfast stop at McDonalds San Fernando and two gas stops along the way.

We go ovenight this time, unlike last year na balikan ginawa namin, sakit kaya sa katawan argggh! At sosyal pa kase we were billeted in a classy hotel. I-blog ko na lang sa susunod.

More photos on my facebook account. but siempre, add nyo muna ako to view it hehe.