The DDS Cutting Class Ride
When everybody else was thinking “Damn! It’s Monday again!”, we were all thinking “YES! It’s Monday!”.
And so began another DDS – MMA (Davao Da-folding Society – Manic Monday Addicts) Ride. We had actually planned for a bike trip/picnic at Playa Azalea in Samal long before this ride materialized, but it was postponed a couple of times since we couldn’t agree on a good date to go. And since this resort was kinda semi-exclusive, we had to wait until John was available to take us there.
And with John, trips like these are an impromptu thing so we really have to be quite flexible with our schedules (which, thankfully are REALLY flexible). True to form, The invite came on a Saturday evening, when the rest of the world were sleeping so I had to wait for Sunday morning to check with other like-minded individuals. Sunday came, and in a matter of minutes, the rest of the group were up to speed on the developments.
Monday came, and we were running a bit late, the original 0700 call time came and still we were not complete at the meeting place. Blame it the usual Monday Blues, traffic and some bike maintenance problems but nothing really big to hamper our adventure. By 0830 we were all complete, and the ride to Samal Island began.
We pedaled a short 4(?) kilometers to get to the ferry boat, then a short 15 minutes over water to get to the island. And from there, we hit a convenience store to buy some supplies (water and chips), and continued to pedal for around 7-kilometers on coastal roads to get to Playa Azalea. We arrived by 1115, and we figured we should just take a break and have lunch before hitting the beach.
And since it was a Monday, we were the only ones at the beach so we had the place all to ourselves. We sat by the tables under the cool shade of the trees, took out our packed lunches and ate our fill. We took our time just talking and resting, and after that’s done we headed off to the waters. We were having fun, taking pictures, diving into clear blue waters; as if we were a bunch of high school kids cutting classes (sure brings back memories, eh?).
It would have been the perfect day out, if not for the unrelenting sun shining down on us all throughout the day. So by 1400 we got out of the water, rinsed off, and fixed our things for the ride back to the city. We had a couple more pictures taken throughout the place, and by 1600 we were riding out back to the port. Since it was a little late, the ferry boat trip back was a bit rough, with waves hitting us and the boat tilting side-to-side causing some bikes to fall down.
After that little adventure, we cycled back to the city, and by then we ALL were looking forward to some ice cream to cool us down. So we passed by a fast food joint, had a snack and ice cream before finally dispersing and went home a bit tired, but feeling pretty good.
See you on our next adventure!
Video by John Buno
Video by John Tomesa