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Riding Mt. Maarat with the UP Mountaineers November 27, 2005 Sunday

Riding Mt. Maarat with the UP Mountaineers

After so many missed rides with the UP Mountaineer riders, I finally caught on one for Mt. Maarat. Daddy-o led the pack with some of his friends as well - oldies but goldies. I say that in a good way. These guys have gone beyond the big 5-0 and still kicking ass on the trails. Not surprisingly, all the riders held their own. After their ride from Banaue to Sagada at night a month ago, this ride was a walk in the park.

The ride was mostly along paved roads that reached decent altitude. Lung power was a pre-requisite. Some parts of the trails had deeply rutted foot paths that can do for technical single-tracks. It felt crazy hammering downhill with those ruts. If you get swallowed up, we're talking major concussion. The mostly-clay ground was moist in a way that provided traction without caking...really nice on the steep climbs. Still, I was left wanting for good mtb-designed technical single-tracks that's both challenging and fun.

Ending Thoughts
It's always a treat for me to be on the saddle and hooking up with new riders. Like having a new bike, it takes a bit of acclimatization to fit myself within the different but subtle ways they do things. Every group has its own personality. I enjoy listening to their tales-from-the-trails and sharing the laughs. The rider aspect of mtb is an adventure unto itself. Can't wait what crew I'll be with on the next ride.

--- TheLoneRider

November 27, 2005

Reader Comments:

(Nov 29, 2005) lupit talaga ng site mo! galing mong magsulat, kakainggit mga adventures mo =) thanks sa pagsama sa ride, the best ka talgang kasama nasabi ko nga kay jerry na sa simpleng kwentuhan lang sayo eh madaming aral na makukuha. good luck sa mga next adventures! =)

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