Performance Level in the 1st Sinnalugan@Sapat Downhill MTB Challenge

Bird's Eye View

Over the weekend, as typhoon signal #2 threatened Ilocos Norte, 58 downhillers from Manila, Pangasinan, Baguio, La Union and Laoag traveled miles to compete against each other on the slopes at Pasuquin in the 1st Sinnalugan@Sapat. Thank God, the heavens were bright and the earth was hard til every bike was packed up! A successful finish for the downhill bike challenge exhaustively prepared for a good many weekends by the Batibols Bikers in cooperation with the peoples of barangays Sulbec and Sapat. The extended support from DROP Downhill Philippines, led by President Erwin Benipayo, and National Downhill Team Coach Arjuna Saulo is very much appreciated. The same goes to the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte, headed by Gov. Imee Marcos; the LGU of Pasuquin; the Philippine National Red Cross Ilocos Chapter; and other benevolent sponsors.

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To be continued.

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

Second Nature

Sapat Road

We make it a point to make our Sunday afternoons peaceful, yet stimulating and spawning, habitually unpremeditated and casual.

On this nature tripping drive to barangay Sapat in Pasuquin, we were bidding farewell to the BJ40. On Wednesday, it will have a new owner. For nine years, the Land Cruiser brought us,  literally and figuratively, to new heights. It was used as props and adornment in countless TV shoots and photoshoots (hahah, they love its distressed charm), from the desert  to the mountains, making its own path.

The family, even our friends who have rode with us through our adventures, will terribly miss our trusty friend.

I haven’t seen what’s gonna take the place of LC03. The 04 is being reworked forever. A 05! God forbid, we can’t be paralyzed! Inertion please!

Sapat MarkerKurong-kurongCall of Nature

-Call of nature

Dumap-ayFloretsAchueteCall of the WildKapitan

Have to thank kapitan Benigno Alba for the little talk in his baluarte.

Paredes Air Station

-Paredes Air Station Marker, Sapat, Pasuquin

weedyStepsGrottoSurfaceLandSide MirrorSunset Beach

-Pasuquin Beach from a distance

Pasuquin Beach from a distanceRoad SunsetThe Setting SunBacarra River Sunset Panorama

-Bacarra River

Photographed by Reny and Blauearth
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Up to the Sapat and Sulbec mountains

Fresh from a thirst-quenching afternoon up in Pasuquin… still in a state of exhilaration while typing.

As the boys locomoted straight down the Sapat-Sulbec mountainside, looking like jackhammers on an extremely-rugged-but-much-less-pristine terrain, with telltale signs of previous mining activities, though now fairly reforested with pine trees, I  did a mini hike, at some point reveled in time alone, sucking in the milieu of placidity, musing on nature’s artistry and playing with my D90.

GreeneryMountain Bikers

{The LEAD boys with Jack, Luis, Edzel, Rey and the rest of the Batibol Bikers}

Wooden BridgeLost in the sky

After the rains, it was difficult capturing the Estancia Sexy Beach, which frustratingly got lost in the cloudy pale blue skies. Lotus stance on a bedrock, sedating cool breeze, chirping bird sounds, the scent of pine — just fleeting, unphotographable moments in between shots…

PineRestLocal GuideBrandon's Tire

Stoked Rey Retuta of Batibols Bikers on LEAD Movement’s upcycled drift trike.

{Another one of LEAD’s DIY projects.}

Yellow FlowersSantanBamboo BridgePink RoseFully PackedMountain BikesRoadside Barbecue Vendor

{Cheap thrill – Pasuquin’s roadside Josie Barbeque, 6-peso BBQ in yummy honeyed pepper sauce devoid of ketchup.}

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012