The road going up to Valencia by way of Batinguel is fast becoming my favorite trail. I've gone up its gently sloping climb twice before, never quite reaching the goal, and today I made another attempt with results no different. Either I'd run out of time or I'd run out of breath. No matter. It gives me something to work towards. It doesn't matter if I have to tackle that road every day, but by golly, I will get fit and I will make it all the way up!
Where I ended up today was halfway up the trail leading to the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Shrine. From the mouth of Purok Iba, it would have been just another five kilometers. However, the road was far too rocky and my watch was warning me that it was about time to open the store. So I turned back, but with a promise to make it there soon.