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Sunday, May 11, 2008

My First True Mountain Bike Ride of the Year: The La Mesa Nature Reserve

I've always loved the La Mesa Nature Reserve Trails. It's probably on top of my list as the best mountain bike rides I've done. Compared to the routes in my hometown where the roads are mostly cemented now, La Mesa's where your true mountain biking skills come into play. It's also quite accessible. It's just in Quezon City near SM City Novaliches so there's no need to wake up early to be at the trailhead by sunrise.

It's been more than a year since I last rode La Mesa. If I'm not mistaken, that was probably with Gary before he left for the States. After that, they closed it temporarily because of the MWSS Housing Case. During that time the rides were mostly in Licao-Licao and Maarat.

Yesterday was my first homecoming ride in La Mesa. And it was the bomb! With the new singletracks, I'm more in love with it than ever! There were lots of twisting and turning over rolling terrain with some planks and wooden bridges along the trail - really, really nice! What's so cool is they made us ride by the actual water reserve. It's beautiful!

The ride can be as long as 31 kilometers, depending on how much you can handle.

For those who are planning to bike inside the reserve, please bring lots of food and water as there are no sari-sari stores inside. I filled up my Camelbak and I still ran out of water. It's a good idea to bring an extra bottle of water just in case.

Check out some of the pictures:
GaryDSC00126DSC00123DSC00118Agu"That's my boy" pose

The other photos as here in my Flickr album.

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