Saturday, April 11, 2009

Black Saturday Romp: Samal

After a long hiatus, I got back on the saddle today and biked Samal. My trip took me from Babak to Penaplata to Kaputian. It's a trip I've been wanting to do since my biking trip in Christmas 2007. All in all, it was a trip of over 30km, with a lot of uphill sections.

This is the best photo of the trip, taken at Penaplata.

To get to Samal, I had to take this rickety ferry from Sasa launch terminal. The terminal is in a public market found at Km. 11, locally called "onse." There were several other bikers on the trip, though I found out later they were travelling north.

I really wasn't up to the uphill climb. It's been a while since I've been on a bike. And talking about uphill, there were plenty of long uphill sections. I had to take plenty of breaks in between.

I enjoy meeting barrio folk on these biking trips. This roadside barber was right beside a sari-sari store where I stopped for drinks.

This old fellow sells gasoline in softdrink bottles to passing motorcycles. Roadside gasoline stalls are quite common in rural areas.

Kaputian! It was a long trip getting here, but the roadside scenery was quite monotonous. Hence, the fast-forward.

At the beach.

And finally, my souvenir from this trip. I took a hard tumble on a steep rocky road from Anonang to Kaputian. Thankfully, no broken bones, just scratches on my knee and my hands.


  1. wow! iwanna try that. soon.. .challenging...

  2. Debbie O SabladaApril 11, 2009 7:11 PM

    I love what you did... über cool adventure indeed...

  3. That looks fun. And painful. All in one post. :)

  4. Awful scrape you have there. But I'm sure it was worth it.