Ah… the good old outdoors. Every now and then, it’s great to make Lakwatsa amongst nature… with all the clean air, lush greens, insects, and mud. Last August 8, 2009 , at the prodding of high school buddy James Guiab, I went on a trail bile trip to the La Mesa Ecopark in Novaliches. (website)

This was my 3rd trip to La Mesa, but it doesn’t get any easier.

August was certainly weird on the weather. I had opted out of a trip with James a few days earlier because it was raining. Now, a few days later… the sun was kinda out but it was muddy.

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Me and my trusty bike…

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James lives for the photo-ops

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Due to the rains, the rivers were higher than normal. One had two options… the on the left… or the one on the right. I took… the one on the right.

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Are we there yet?

La Mesa Ecopark 

But of course, in some cases there is just no choice, so you have to just attack the water head on!

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Bikers familiar with La Mesa will recognize where the above picture was taken. This is the first time I have seen the waters so brown and so “active.”

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During these trips, you meet new people. With me here are King, DenDen (our guide) and Jovan.

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This is s treat! Met Aling Norma who had suman available for the weary. The one the right is "puti" daw, or plain and salted. On the right… ube na madyo matamis. Yum. I ended up buying more to bring home. P10@ though James suggested she sell them at P100@

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At the end, my bike was covered in mud.

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This is a new service. For P30 they clean your bike with a power streaming water thingamajig. Yes, I know this is potentially bad for the bike. But hey… it was a cool service and I wasn’t going load a mud-caked bike on my car.

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After all that… the reward. Lunch at Chowking.