Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BCP in Tagaytay

Brommie Skywalker in Tagaytay
My fellow Brompton owners and I held our Christmas get-together in Tagaytay City last Sunday. My friend Abel and I left Manila at 6am and drove 60 kilometers south to the windy city. We met up at the Seven Eleven near the rotunda. There were 9 of us. Ruth Rodriguez, Ariel Arias and his son, Dr. Enjo Gatdula, Abel Lazona, Paul Siochi, Zaldy Austria, Al Castillo and myself.
We went to Bag of Beans for breakfast. After our hearty meal and hot coffee, we exchanged gifts and held a mini-raffle. (Thanks to Ms Ruth for my exchange gift and raffle prize!)
Unfortunately, it was rainy that morning. But since we were there anyway, we proceeded to bike. We unfolded our Bromptons and biked from Bag of Beans to Tierra de Maria, the replica of the Our Lady of Manaoag.  
The pictures don't show it, but it was pretty cold in Tagaytay. Not Alaska freezing cold, but cool enough for us to keep our jackets on.
At this part of the ride, Zaldy (originally a mountain biker with PMTB), taught me the correct way to pedal standing up. Use it only for short uphill climbs; put the bike on the heaviest gear; lean forward; and slowly push down on one pedal while standing up. (Thanks for the tip, Zaldy!)
That's Taal Volcano on the right.
This is us in Tierra de Maria.
It was just a short ride--about 10 kilometers. We wanted to bike some more but the weather was not cooperating and some of us had to get back home.
My bike, Brommie Skywalker, should have his own TripAdvisor account!
 I folded my Brompton and hitched a ride with Ariel and his son on the way back to Manila.

Good times! Happy Holidays, everybody!

PS: Thanks again to Al Castillo for the photos in this post.

1 comment:

  1. nice, I am planning to go all the way to go to tagaytay from manila. I hope I will make it.