It’s the second and final day of SAFERUN 2012. Alaminos City was awakened by 500 motorcycles making it’s way to Baguio via Dagupan, Urdaneta, San Jose, Dalton Pass, Aritao and Ambuklao – a total of about 300 kms.
In terms of familiarity with the route, this is more challenging for me compared to the that of Day 1. The plan stays the same 1) I stick with my riding buddy then 2) We stick with our clubmates until our first gas stop then 3) We are on our own. Where’s Sir Emman when you need him?
Aside from a little mishap just a few minutes after take-off, our journey to Urdaneta City was uneventful. I enjoyed the scenery to its fullest because we are only going (again) no faster than 80 kph. This is my first time in Lingayen and Dagupan City.
We have already pre-determined Petron Urdaneta as our first stop and we got there 7:10 AM. There was (as expected) a long queue. Sir Emman caught up to us (he overslept!!) and will be once more our guide for the rest day. We left Urdaneta by 8 AM. We will reach San Jose City by 09:30 AM.
The road condition from San Jose City to Santa Fe up to Aritao (famously known as Dalton Pass or Balete Pass) was unforgiving but the view was breathtaking. I badly wanted to stop on several occasions to snap a picture but that would mean losing precious minutes and (more importantly) our spearhead.
11:25 AM. We finally reached the small Petron Gas Station in Aritao with 2 gas attendants on shift manning the pumps. For most riders, especially those with small tank capacity (like Dhona), the stop here is a MUST because Baguio is at least 100 kms away. On this stop, I consumed 1.87 L for 139 kms going at an average speed of 41 kph to give an efficiency of 74.33 kmL. Looking good once more, but just like yesterday, TIME is playing the biggest factor.
After more than 1 hour waiting, we pushed on. Just a few kilometers after the gas stop, we were greeted by a mountain as tall as the clouds and seems to stretch endlessly on both sides. We are going to snake our way UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT and OVER that mountain.
Again, I wanted to stop but I can’t. Not only because we have to be in Baguio by 3PM but also because the twisties are very challenging and i was sort of getting the rhythm (after a few close calls!) leaning side to side to avoid crashing into the face of the mountain or flying off a cliff! I never rode in such conditions with possibly fatal consequences. I remembered tweeting after the event:
Some lessons are taught this way: Realize that too much speed can cause you to overshoot the turn and fall off a cliff or lean closer to the pavement 😛 banking 101 at aritao twisties..
We barely made it on time to Petron Kisad! After the final refueling, everyone was once more reviewing how efficient their run was. The 105-km run from Aritao to the Finish Line took 2.5 hours and consumed 1.86 L. It’s a huge drop from 68 and 74 earlier to only 56.5 kmL efficiency.
We stayed until we have submitted our passports and exchanged stories then left to look for a place to stay for the night. It was definitely a wonderful experience. More importantly, I made new friends and get to share the road with some of the best riders in the Philippines!
The following day was the awarding ceremony in Supreme Hotel, Baguio City