Monday, November 2, 2015

Long ride to San Felipe Zambales October 30 to November 1, 2015

Wheels of Happiness

Rizal Philippines
November 1. 2015

                                   The brave strong riders at Babaybay in San Felipe, Zambales

                                   At Subic overlooking SBMA opposite the cemetery

This was initiated by Gerry and Jeff.  The original joiners were Jeff, Gerry, Angel, Weng, Ed and Me (Jorgeusbiker) I was 50 50 because our business involved the dead.  However, since a daughter was in charge, it was time for me to get out of the box.

Only Angel, Gerry, Jeffrey and I appeared at the starting block.  I was awakened by the text of Jeff at 440.  I arrived at the Angono Plaza at 5:00 and still had to eat my breakfast at Rapsa lugawan at Balite and so we left at 5:30.  We were at junction at 6:00 and there was so much traffic. All ready.  We were at Marilao at 7:30 where we had additional breakfast/snack of pansit. We were at San Fernando at 10:00/  We had to quench our thirst there. I bought one 1/2 liter and 1 liter of water (15 pesos vs P20)but then again, Nestor Mariposa (father of choco2) phoned Angel that he would join us at San Fernando.  We waited for him until he arrived at 11:30 at Mcdo cor MacArthur and Gapan Olongapo road.  We arrived at Dinalupihan at 12:30.where we had lunch at a newly opened resto near Petron Station.  I had saging, chopsuey, rice and I paid for one additional 1.5 liter of RC cola to quench our thirst.  We left at 1:00 pm for Olongapo

We arrived at Olongapo by 3:00 pm where we went to a grocery near Mercury and even got acquainted with the SG Manuel who sold us his bike.  He said he had three and claims he is from Pasig.  The climb from Dinalupihan to Olongapo was torturous because there were two long climbs.  It is 18 km to Olongapo.

We hit San Marcelino by about 4:30 and there would still be 20 km to ride (San Narciso and San Felipe)  We took the shortcut so that we would by pass San Antonio. (that saved some 10 km)  The stretches of road were long and there were not too many vehicles.   Angel and I alternated in sprtinng on the stretch from San Marcelino to the crossing of San Antonio and San Felipe.  We arrived at 5:30 in San Felipe.   (Angel had a flat in San Marcelino, Nestor had a flat at second bridge some 3 km to San Felipe.)  Jeff could not locate the residence of his cousin George and the lights were all ready fading.  We did find him later after inquiring from bystanders.

The ride is significant in many ways because:

1.  It had the least number of participant in a long ride

2.  It was  long ride without back up;

3.  It is 200 km long and passed through 4 provinces:  Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan and Zambales

4.  We have not been to this area.  We planned for this last year but we were able to do this.

Congratulations hardy riders:   Angel, Gerry Jeff, Nestor and Jorgeusbiker

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