Call time was 5:00 am to 6:00 am at Shell Marcos Highway in Marikina. The Shaman always do a half ride, meeting up with the pack at the middle of the ride. This time it will be different, he will be joining from start to finish and do more by doing solo ride to complete the other half of Laguna Loop.
It was 3:00 am dusk partly cloudy and cold. The Shaman started the expedition from 711 in Checkpoint, Calamba City with a bottle of energy drink and taking notes of his odometer reading.
3:30 am Started gearing up to head north to Marikina via SLEX service road and C5. It was a breeze, with minimal traffic and clear streets cruising at nominal relaxed velocity of 60-90 kph. It was 4:30 am for the first stop at Petron C5 to stretch out some discomfort.
|Early bird win26 @ the starting Grid|
|SHELL Marcos Highway @ 5:00 AM|
|Click_me and Criscinco Arrives.|
|Win26, JON, Papa Floy chats|
|Pepe_amoy, Cyrus and Knobz Arrives|
|Aprilia Scarabeo 500cc 2004 - Stir's Ride|
|Yamaha TMAX 500cc - Al's Ride|
|Safety includes High Visibility Vests.|
By 5:00 am sharp the shaman arrived at the assembly spot and joined with win_26 for a chat while waiting for the others. As the sun started to spread its prowess in a partially cloudy sky, darkness starts to hide, one by one participants arrived until they reached a head count of 16 riders. Started with a buttercovered pandesal thanks to ichie and begin the journey with a short prayer.
The pack started to weave thru the traffic with two 500cc scooters who marshalled the group Sir Stir and Sir Al, assisting the team to safely pass and remind other motorists to slowdown. By 8:00 am the group reached Shell Sampaloc to fill up their tanks before continuing.
The view in this twisties of Marilaque is spectacular, with smooth asphalt, thick lush greens to the left and right of the road, including the cliff and sorrounding mountains. The clouds kiss the road, it was foggy and the air was fresh and chilled. It was beautiful as we put it. Made a stop at a 3 way intersections where riders always hangs-out to have breakfast and coffee.
The pack encountered some two short rough road ranging from 10-20 meters, 1 half road with the other half landslided to the depths. The fog was thick giving you a 10-15 meter visibility, it was challenging. NOS encountered a few breakdowns in the middle of the mountains with a faulty ignition, and it was then decided to fix the bike at the town where the group will rest and have lunch. Dadi Pits the road warrior mechanic then pushed with his right foot of the downed bike at a speed of 70-100kph from cornering to straights and overtaking. The defective bike was like its engine was on. It was impressive, looks easy and difficult as hell. Soldering the wires didn't help so an idea was to bypass the wires with a toggle switch. Now you have a bike with a keyless ignition.
|Rain Gear Mode|
|Cliff side Fog|
Lunch was served by the beach with just a few dishes that made the group smile with ecstacy. Buttered Shrimps, Grilled Pork belly or Liempo and Yellow Fin Tunas, and some Sinigang Tuna and the best part of it is, it's free thanks to Sir Click_me . A few more fun photo ops and Redman entertained us with his yoyo exhibition tricks that made bypassers struck an awe look and a round of aplause.
It was 2:00 pm when the NOS started to take off for the journey home.
Rain will be expected so Rain Gears was on. The pack heads home via the same route, this time it was cruising mode doing 60 kph smooth acceleration and in 1 line tight formation. Darkness will soon meet them at Sampaloc. So it will be a dark way home in Marilaque for the rest of the gang.
|Nouvo Classic with Cab|
|win_26 and Stir|
|Foggy Skies ahead|
As for the Shaman, it was only half the way. He then take instructions to find his way home thru Tanay, Rizal via Mabitac to Siniloan. Pitch Black darkness started to cover the way, it was cold and some road kills with insects as it hits the visor. The road was beautiful, smooth asphalt with smooth turns and twisties.
|The Shaman's Solo Ride home at Tanay overlooking view of Laguna Lake.|
Siniloan and onwards will be a majority of straigths way back to Calamba City via Sta Cruz, Laguna. It was 8:15 pm when the Shaman touched down with a final ODO: 26806.8 reading. Clocking a Gross total of 447.6 KM of Road and priceless experience with a dash of comraderie of disciplined and defensive riders.
|Multishot means wacky|
|NOS' Year-End Ride of 2011|
|The Dynamic Duo - Al and Stir|
List of Attendies;
3. Fafa Floy
7. Dadi Pits
10. Redman Toys
11. Papa Bong
12. Lyrdna (jon)
13. Sir Stir
14. Sir Al
15. Cyrus (mio)