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Old 01-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #1396
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i met herc several years ago and immediately struck me a a nice guy. gave him some adv stickers and old riding gear which fitted him well.

yeah, herc is always smiling and helpful. he's a true ambassador of our sport. i'm going to miss him.

if someone making a collection for the service, please PM me where to send the $.

he's the heart and soul of this thread. hope someone carries on the flame.

let me know if i can be of help.

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Old 02-15-2014, 10:10 PM   #1397
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Thumb we will be missing you , Herc

Ride and Camp, Cordilleras, December 2013.

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Old 02-17-2014, 01:36 PM   #1398
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That's shocking news. Rest in peace, Herc old chap. You'll be sorely missed on this thread. From another LC4 rider.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:00 PM   #1399
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As our 2 wheeled brother Herc would have liked it, here I am contributing my latest ride adventure. It was my 2nd time to ride up Aurora province to tour some of my motorcycle neighbor/buddies. Thinking it would not be as exciting enough for me as it would be the 2nd time around. Here it goes...

Leaving at about 11 in the evening following the normal gps suggested route until we decided to go other way, the beaten path It was not until this point where we began taking pictures as our point of origin until this place was a bore.


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Old 02-24-2014, 10:28 PM   #1400
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Instead of following a route which would pass Pantabangan lake/Diayo dam. We ended up in a place with photo above. It's the nueva ecija aurora route which goes through the mountains. It was creepy, terrain mixed with sand, gravel, loose rocks, and darn slippery mud. passing here with no daylight gives you goosebumps as civilization was nowhere in sight. No one bothered to stop long enough to take photos. Yes everyone admitted being a chicken and worse we were running out of gas.
The last part of the mountain terrain was challenging as wheels begin to spin and slip from the clay thick mud and it was not until this place, where we were able to cough out back our balls. The first sighting of a human being. A trucker stranded in the mountains with his truck blocking the way. Squeezing our tiny steeds through a small gap is where we sighted lots of other trucks waiting for the path to be cleared out. A few hundred meters ahead and we finally reached civilization and a chance to buy gasoline in 1 liter bottles sold by small stores on the road side. This is also where we caught our first glimpse of sunlight while waiting for the store to open. Gassed up and ready to go, we passed through Baler and passing this scenic road "ampere bay"




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Old 02-24-2014, 10:49 PM   #1401
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On the way up is a place called Dinadiawan.







Second time same place, guess I'll never get tired of this view.





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Old 02-24-2014, 11:14 PM   #1402
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Riding a few kilometers up from this view is where we would be spending the night.

Entrance to Rock and Sand resort.


As we get closer, here's what the pathway looks like.



And a close up of what's lined up on the side of the dusty pathway. Ornaments made from tree stems, coconut shell, and husk. Looks like a candle holder of some sort. The locals' beautification of their fishing village was on going this time.



Children playing on the road.

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Old 02-24-2014, 11:36 PM   #1403
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At long last we finally reached our target destination. Welcome to rock and sand. A quiet place only for us to enjoy, at least before the summer long weekends comes up I think. Room rates are from 800 pesos above. Fan rooms and airconditioned rooms with 2 beds to 4 are your options. You got it right, we got the cheapest one, which is the best for me as our hut was sitting right in front of the beach.

The owner was very kind and offered to cook our first decent fish and rice meal for the day. It was good and cost a measly 80 pesos per person, we ate till we can't anymore.



As sunset approaches, a swarm of big mosquitos (at least by Philippine standards) attacked! Good thing one of us brought insect repellant and so should you when you plan to go here. Insect repellant and a camp fire made us bullet proof. later on the owner told us that those mosquitoes only come out a couple of minutes and leaves before you know it. True enough, it was time to drink the night away.



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Old 02-24-2014, 11:48 PM   #1404
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As much as we had wanted to get more sleep, we had to leave just right after day break and head back to Baler (one of the popular surf beaches in the Philippines ) and morph from adventure rider to plain tourist



Coffee breakfast before hitting the saddle.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:01 AM   #1405
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We chanced upon these 2 girls walking on the roadside selling their parents' hand made brooms on our way back and finally got our first group picture.



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Old 02-25-2014, 12:04 AM   #1406
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Sign says it all.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:09 AM   #1407
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Forgot to post this picture. Here's the address of rock and sand if it's readable though.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:26 AM   #1408
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Sabang-Baler


This place is lined up with various accomodation for you to choose from Transient houses, shacks, surfer friendly rooms, surfer girls lodging, camp grounds, budget frindly and elegant hotels.
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Old 02-25-2014, 12:39 AM   #1409
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This is where I always stay during my visits here. Bay's inn a budget friendly hotel woth decent food. People from other hotels go here to have their meals which at an average would cost about 3U$D. Room rates are from 1,500 pesos and up roughly $ 33

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Old 02-25-2014, 12:44 AM   #1410
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Now that we've taken off our boots and riding gear. It's time to enjoy the life of a tourist

Cheers to the good life and let's drink to that...while it lasts

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