The Manila to Bicol Inspiration

I'm now inspired to do the adventure rides after reading Raul Angeles' two-day Manila to Bicol ride.

Their first day was a 245-kilometer trip from Manila to Calauag. They left Malabon at 6:00 in the morning and passed through Antipolo, Bugarin, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Atimonan, Gumaca and Pagbilao before arriving at Calauag at 5:30 in the afternoon.

The two cyclists left Calauag at 5:30 in the morning the following day and tortured themselves further on their way to Legaspi City. They passed the Quirino junction, Tagkawayan, Sipocot, Naga, Pili and Guinobatan before arriving at Legaspi City at 5:30 in the afternoon.

Talk about a real Amazing Race with the whole trip totalling a whopping 497 kilometers.

We're now planning on training for this type of trips starting with some not-so-epic rides. Yesterday over dinner, after King texted us that he wants to do a Manila to Calatagan trip then spend the night there, Mike and I are talking about doing a Manila to Calatagan, Batangas trip then do a Calatagan to San Juan, Batangas the following day. When that pushes through, we can probably do a Manila to Baguio or a Baguio to Sagada trip.

How I wish there's a sabbatical leave in the office to do all these things.