Mt. Puting Bato s24o

I wasn’t so thrilled when some friends wanted to go on a bike/trek to Mount Puting Bato, IGaCoS. But then there was this guy who on a crazy whim spoke out two days before and said he might go BUT he wanted to do it a day before, and do a S24O bike/hike/camp trip but that he’s still undecided since he’s got errands and stuff to run. That’s when the bells started to ring, since this guy was famous for his spur of the moment epic adventure trips.

On the day before, I was woken up by THE call at around 1330 (pardon me, I like to use the 24-hour time), and asked if I was still interested to go to Puting Bato and do the S24O trip with him. Of course I said yes! More calls were made, and Mae was willing to join us. Meetup was scheduled for 1500 at McDo Bajada, and Mae and I were on a rush to pack our things and prepare the bikes.

Little did we know that the 1500 call time would be extended to 1730, and by then there was one more crazy guy who was available, so now we were a party of four. By 1830 (there was light rain) we were one our way to the ferry at Sasa Onse (much cheaper at 26Php than taking the barge at 60Php), and by 1930 we arrived at Babak, Samal. By that time rain was in full swing, and we had no choice but to continue (as if we weren’t used to it already).

And so at 1930 we started pedaling our way to Mount Puting Bato, and by 2200 we have reached Tayapok. That’s when we started the bike/hike part of the trip to the peak of Mount Puting Bato, and it was still raining then though it was reduced to a light drizzle by the time we reached the peak at around 2330. FINALLY!

We were able to pitch our tents by 0030, and have our dinner inside. It was so cold outside, with the wind and fog coming in and by 0100 we were ready to head in though it took some time before the sandman came.

I set my alarm for 0500, hoping by then the weather clears up enough to see the sun rise. We woke up to a cold breeze, and a cloudy day at the peak. The moon and stars were still up, and looking to the side we see Davao City still covered in night lights. We took our time taking pictures, and prepared food for breakfast. While that was going on, we were rewarded by a stunning sunrise. It was quite a sight to behold.

We had our breakfast of coffee, cup noodles, bread, ham and boiled eggs as the sun shone down on us. By the time we finished breakfast, the group that planned a dawn ride to Puting Bato arrived. They had breakfast while we packed up our things for the ride back home.

By 0800 we started the hike back down the trail, and by 0830 we were cycling back to the city, stopping by periodically to let the others catch up and take pictures and took the ferry back to Davao. By 1000 we were in the city, and by 1100 some of us took our lunch as we still had a long way to go before we can reach home. We took our time eating, sharing stories, and relaxing before we finally dispersed for the day.

I arrived home at around 1330, washed the bike, took a bath, uploaded the pictures and went to bed for some well deserved rest.

Congratulations go out to the Crazy Four (lol) for taking the risk to do a night bike/hike/trek to Puting Bato in the rain: Presy Mae Q. Enrique, Jan Gee, and John Buno (the Mastermind!)

And shoutouts to the other riders who went on the early morning trip: Rey, Jason, Epsoy, Carlo, Raksil, Micoy and James.

’til our next Crazy 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.

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