Summit to Sea Ride
Another epic ride for the books! This ride was cooked up a couple of weeks ago with John B. plotting the way, for an exploratory ride from Davao del Norte through Davao Oriental taking the off-beat road.
We traversed through the town of Mawab, passing the Mainit Hot Spring Resort along the way to the town of Paloc; where we stopped over for the night. It was a grueling climb, a short 40 kilometers of barangay roads that peaked at 1058 meters above sea level.
We bunked at John’s uncle’s house, where we were fed sumptuously during dinner and breakfast (thank you Uncle Nonoy)!
After an 8-hour sleep, we were raring to go to our next destination.
After breakfast we rode out to Maragusan, we descended around 500 meters over another 10(?) kilometers, stopping by to take a dip at Aguakan Cold Spring Resort (it was cold, ICE COLD!) before stopping by John’s parent’s house at Maragusan for lunch.
After lunch we headed out straight for the City of Mati, where we planned to spend the night at Amihan sa Dahican who were celebrating their founding anniversary.
Upon reaching Barangay Araibo, we were drenched by rain up as we ascended up to over 1000 meters until we reached the highway boundary of Davao Oriental. From that point on, it was almost all downhill on cold and foggy roads.
We finally reached Mati City a couple of minutes past 6 in the evening, and we arrived at Amihan sa Dahican an hour after. TOUCHDOWN! We have reached the endpoint of our trip.
From then on, it was all about RELAXING after two days of arduous biking.
Highlights of the stay in Dahican: Food, Bikini Abre (you gotta see it for yourself), Sunrise, Skimboarding and Swimming.
Just before lunch, we had to bid farewell as rain clouds were rolling in. It was another 9 kilometers from the city, so we had to move fast. We took our lunch at Jollibee, then as soon as we arrived at the bus terminal the rain came pouring down. Talk about good luck! We took the bus headed to Davao, and closed the chapter on this incredible journey.
Cheers to my fellow riders who survived the heat, the climbs, the descents, the rain and fog with nary a complaint to be heard: Presy Mae Q. Enrique Jan Gee Ramil Labrador Batoy and John Buno!
See you all on our next trip!