It has become a habit, a tradition even, that we go on epic rides during the celebration of Philippine Independence. We have been doing this for quite a while, from grueling mountain climbs to weekend races, and even foreign lands, we never missed a year without riding with our buddies. And to keep up with the tradition, we went out for a quick getaway on the Independence Day weekend exactly a month ago, but way different than what we usually do every year.
Lake Caliraya is about 100 kilometers south of Metro Manila, situated between Lumban and Cavinti in Laguna. We rode 45 kilometers from Calamba to Santa Cruz and met up with our friend Erwin Leyros, who took all these amazing photographs. He showed us through the backroads of Santa Cruz through Pagsanjan, but we fell short of the whole experience as the sun was about to set soon and we still had to climb Lumban-Cavinti road.
We were able to catch a glimpse of the sunset over Laguna de Bay, a view from the other side of where we usually ride to on Independence Day weekends. It was almost dark as the lake welcomed us, and all our alcohol-induced cramps and dehydration went away as we revel at this magnificent view. We got to the campsite at around 7 in the evening, set-up camp, and enjoyed the serenity of the lakeside all throughout the night.
Bike camping is something that we have been enjoying recently, to get away from the city for a few days to catch a breath and refresh. This side of cycling is something else, something special. It''s not about who is the fastest, nor who has the best bike handling skills. It is the friends you are with, the vastness of the outdoors, and the spirit adventure.