It’s was a great outdoor weekend. Went diving in Anilao on Sunday 8/30/2009, if only the aborted trek to Mt. Pinatubo pushed through on Saturday (didn’t push through due to closure of DOT of the trek… more).

This trek to Maarat was with fellow Ateneo batch mates and planned by Ricky Gomez and James Guiab two weeks prior. We sched to meet up by 7:30am, but as Pinoy times go, we got going at 8:00am… which we learned later was late considering. We met up at the Timberland clubhouse as no one was in the mood to go up “The Wall” from Aling Tina’s.

This was my second trip here. My friends Bong delos Reyes and Joey Cruz brought me a few months earlier via the Shotgun trail on the other side. I have not forgiven them for that yet.

This particular trek was quite leisurely and not too difficult. Though we did have one friend drop out for medical reasons during the first 15 min up.



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Picture taking moments are excuses to rest. So we had lots of photo ops.


After reaching the end point at around 10:45am we stopped for corned beef, luncheon meat, and drinks before going back down.

When we got down at around 12:30 The “parking lot” was devoid of cars… except for ours. Kind of subtle hint that we started off (and ended) later than the other bikers.

More Pictures (and that of turkeys) at our respective Facebook Albums (Mine, Kathy Vergara’s, and James Guiab’s)

This was pretty good ride. And I hardly lived up to my PinoyMTB username “BikeWalker” much this time :).

Till the next ride!