Biking in Kalinga

Route: Butbut – Sungang Viewpoint – Poblacion Tinglayan – Lubuagan – Pasil – Tabuk Total Time: 9 hours and 15 minutes Saddle Time: 6 hours (approx) Distance: Approximately 70 kilometers We woke up ahead of the sun on our third day of biking in Kalinga, technically it was our second after being stranded for 10 hours in Caranggalan on our way to Banaue because of an overturned truck that blocked the National Road near Dalton Pass. After the strenuous bike and hike from Mount Polis to…Continue Reading “Bike Diary: Trek and Bike to Tabuk (Buscalan – Lubuagan – Tabuk)”

Tinglayan

Route: Mount Polis – Bayyo Rice Terraces – Bontoc – Sadanga – Buscalan (Tinglayan) Total Time: 8 hours and 45 minutes Saddle Time: 6 hours (approx) Distance: Approximately 60 kilometers With its temperate weather, challenging trails and scenic views, there is no doubt that the highlands of Cordillera is one of, if not the best place in the Philippines for mountain biking. Its trails, off roads, ascends and down slopes are haven for bikers who love surprises and challenges. Challenges that are rewarded with the unparalleled…Continue Reading “Bike Diary: Bike and Trek to Buscalan (Mount Polis – Bontoc – Buscalan)”

Batanes

Route: Basco Town Proper – Mahatao Plaza – Ivana Town Proper – Uyugan Town Proper – Songsong Ruins – Alapad Rock – Marlboro Hills – Tayid Lighthouse – Mahatao Town Proper – Basco Total Time: 6.5 hours Saddle Time: 5 hours (approx) After biking North Batan on my first day in Batanes, I thought I can do more. Biking in such a place can be quite addicting so I decided to spend one more day in the saddle to see more of the island with…Continue Reading “Biking in Batanes: Batan Island Loop”

Batanes

Route: Basco Town Proper – Naidi Hills – Vayang Rolling Hills – Valugan Bouklder Beach – Tukon – Mahatao Town Proper – Tayid Lighthouse – Mahatao Town Proper – Basco Total Time: 8 hours Saddle Time: 5 hours (approx) Batanes welcomed me with a perfect weather. It was sunny but cold January morning, the sky was blue with patches of pearl white cotton clouds and the wind was blowing in subtle speed. What an awesome day to bike around the island! I planned to tour Batanes on my own and with the help of Ate Fe…Continue Reading “Batanes by Bike: North Batan Tour”

Taal

Route: Manila – Las Piñas – Tagaytay – Talisay – Laurel – Taal – Batangas Total Distance Biked: Approximately 144 Kilometers Maximum Elevation: 2,080 feet Total Ascent: 4,716 feet Total Time: 15 hours Saddle Time: 8.5 hours (approx) I know this is quite a late post but I believe this one is worth sharing, please bear with me for I have tons of backlogs. 🙂 The previous year was another exciting year of biking for me. Well, there were actually fewer rides compared to the earlier…Continue Reading “Bicycle Diary: Taal Heritage Town Ride”

Biking in Marinduque

Dubbed as the heart of the Philippines, Marinduque Province is the geographical center of the Philippine Archipelago. This is made official by the Luzon Datum which serves as reference point of all maps of the country. The island lies in between Tayabas Bay and Sibuyan Sea, surrounded by scenic coastline and clear waters. It is subdivided into six municipalities with Boac as the provincial capital.  Coincidentally, the island is shaped like a human heart, making its moniker really fitting. Back in 2012 when I and my…Continue Reading “Bicycle Diary: The Marinduque Loop”