The WThF Ride: DDS Epic (Mis)Adventure!

Thanks to John Buno for the rush invite, we got to visit this magnificent place! It was a long and arduous trip, 60kms+ of mountain trails, but it was all worth it in the end.

One lazy morning, out of the blue, John posted a message at our group page at around 0900 asking if anybody was interested on a bike tour to Cape San Agustin. The only catch is, it’s happening in 15 hours. Things got hectic and in a matter of minutes, Mae and I signified our intent to join. There were now four of us, with John’s buddy Lorenz also going for the trip. In a matter of hours, Julius signed up. And John T (or JToms as we call him), confirmed with us a few hours before the ride because he thought the ride will take place the following day.

With barely any sleep, or rather none at all, John picked us up one by one starting with me at around 0100, followed by Mae, Julius, JToms at Damosa for  the final packing of the bikes. When all bikes were packed, we picked up Lorenz last and we headed off to Davao Oriental at around 0230 on September 27, 2012.

We arrived at Barangay Tibanban, Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental at around 0530. We had our breakfast at the only open carinderia at the bus terminal, looked for a spot to park our vehicle and then took out the bikes. We were mobbed by kids who were on their way to school, they were fascinated  by the multitude of folded bikes coming out from the rear of the van.

We took some pictures, and started to bike out at around 0645…but it brings me too much pain to recall the details of this trip, so here it is in a nutshell, coined by JToms:

0600 – uy naka full make up oh early in the morning naka folding bike…
0700 – oh wow! ang ganda ng sigaboy.. smile.. picture..
0900 – hayyy offroad…
1200 – continue pa ba natin?
1400 – of sh#t uphills..
1600 – of f#ck sh#t t@ngina!
1700 – woooooo…. success!!!
1800 – dude, bakit natin to ginawa? di dapat natin to ginawa… this is insanity!!!

It was a bittersweet experience: what started out great cycling through the coast on cement roads had turned to a full-blown dirt/gravel road that was better suited for mountain bikes. But we persevered, we really wanted to get to the Cape Lighthouse. And get there we did! All our efforts paid off when we finally arrived at Cape San Agustin, and we saw the 3 lighthouses side by side.

After taking a break and shooting pictures, we headed back the way we came. We reached the spot where we hired a truck to get us back to the town proper, loaded our bikes and let the driver do his job. Had we not hired the truck, it would take us probably another 8 hours to get back to town, and it would have been real dangerous since there were no street lights along the road.

We finally arrived at Tibanban at around 1915, exhausted, dust covered, but with grins on our faces. We packed our bikes, and started the drive home. We stopped by Lupon, Davao Oriental at around 2030 for dinner, and made the final push for Davao City, arriving at around midnight.

It was a long and arduous trip, but it was all worth it in the end.

So yeah, we made the trip without any bit of sleep at all. How’s that for a challenge?

See you on our next adventure!

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About franciscolme

I've had fantasies of touring all the 7,107 islands (well, I guess not ALL of them) of the Philippines on a bike ever since I was introduced to riding folding bikes over a year ago; it sure has opened up a whole new world, or rather, a new perspective in seeing the places I used to frequent. Touring on a bicycle has shown me sights I rarely see when riding in any other means of transportation. It allows me to take time and absorb the sights and sounds each place has to offer.

One response to “The WThF Ride: DDS Epic (Mis)Adventure!”

  1. mae says :

    Tibanban – nothing beats the craziness of our very first folding bike adventure! more surprises & sorrowful mysteries along the way 😀

    zombie mode activated: biked without sleep, took a nap on our way back to Davao City, freshen up, went to the office for my 12-9am shift, went straight to SM City (first day opening and we were eager to experience the iMax cinema) finally reunited with my bed at 9pm (Sept 28)! Got countless text messages & missed calls when I managed to wake up at 2am, doomed! i was late for work 😀

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