A near-epic trail ride's toxic for anyone who hasn't pedaled for a long time. Also toxic for those who hate long climbs. But of course cardiac climbs that burn you out fast are the real tests to progress further.
An example and testimony to that was last Monday's bike ride, during our family's joint-birthday celebration held at Subic Freeport Zone.
The route was from Camayan Wharf to Binictican: Padyak Kabayo trailhead via West Ilanin Forest Area / Cubi Point
Upon reaching the trailhead is a long steep climb uphill... from what I remember there were around 9 steep climbs, in which SB8s, AKAs and Race Kings are proven worthless unable to grasp the dusty to rocky terrain.
The first stop after the numerous climbs is Pastulan, a village of Aetas who maintains a protects the beautiful forests within SBMA's compound.
Sadly thats our checkpoint and turn-around point.
As the uphill was steep, tiring, challenging... the return downhill was as challenging as the uphill. Navigating and controlling your descent was the key to reaching Binictican.
[2010-0503] Ride Horse Ride! Part 1 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
[2010-0503] Ride Horse Ride! Part 2 from Bunny de la Cruz on Vimeo.
Next time we'll complete this up to the next mountain from Pastulan. For now its time to train more.