It has been common for mountain bikers biking as a group to go out for a long rides or century rides with biking buddies and friends. But how about biking alone? How much more for a lady biker biking alone in a new place?
I first experienced biking alone in Cebu last year during the XTERRA race and had another opportunity of biking alone when I visited Bohol last December 2011.
I went to Bohol for the launching and turnover of 100+ bikes of Bikes for the Philippines. Most of the beneficiaries were students and teachers of Baclayon Elementary School and ALS (Alternative Learning System).
I flew in from Manila and arrived 7am at Tagbilaran Airport. After which, I biked all the way to Baclayon, Bohol.
One thing I like about biking alone is that I have complete control of the pace. I can go at a fast pace or go at a leisurely pace anytime I want to.
Few of my important gadget were full charged, 3 phones and a tablet as these are for emergency purposes and maps. Medicines like Paracetamol and Loperamide, and of course, few candies and money.
Communicating with Boholanons, the people from Bohol, and strangers were not a problem too as they understand and speak Tagalog with ease.
Ms. Jojie Pestelos of Balay Kahayag provided me the directions but Google Map led me to get to Baclayon. I took Calceta Street then turned right to C.P Garcia Ave, once reached the Plaza Rizal Park, I made another short right turn, then biked the stretch of Venancio P. Inting Avenue and Tagbilaran East Road.
From Baclayon Church, it took about 500 meters pedal power before going to the steep hill of Upper Laya, Baclayon.
It was already 9:00am when I reached Balay Kahayag, an agriculture training center and a dormitory in Laya, Baclayon.
It was patterned to a traditional Bahay Kubo surrounded with green plants, flowers and trees. Bed rates cost Php350/day with free breakfast.