My TIMBERLAND [ a mountain biking story]
When I am bored, stressed-out or feeling sick from too much cholesterol build-up, I grab my mountain bike and always visit my friend, my TIMBERLAND.
But who is Ms. TIMBERLAND?
TIMBERLAND is not a who, she is a where.
TIMBERLAND is a place located in San Mateo, Rizal with ridiculously kicked-@#%@# 50 degree incline. TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS ROAD to be precise is a friend not easy to get along with or to be with.
Before you even reach her gates, you will encounter a 5 kilometer, masochistic pain from her 50 degree “WALL” as this roadway section’s name is famous for. It took me a year to intelligently deal with this non-welcoming “WALL”.
“90% mind, 10% body! 90% mind, 10% body!” Those words I always chant in my mind and I always tell my friends, “BEFRIEND this BEAST, and IT WILL BEFRIEND YOU.”
My,my,my… it is not that I own this place or have a piece of property here, it is just that me and my friends are always here. It is just like calling TIMBERLAND…a dear friend. MY DEAR FRIEND.
For 4 years, we are always here on weekend mornings. Then, weekday mornings. Then again, weekday afternoons that we call sunset rides. And then again, weekday evenings that we call night rides. WE ARE TRULY FRIENDS.
BUT BE AWARE! BEEEEE VERY AWARE!!!! For those riders, who cannot get along with the “WALL”, disaster awaits. Due to its steep uphill slopes, the down hills are…very, very dangerous. Speeding bike on a 50 degree downhill plus gravity..YOU GET THE PICTURE. Apple Sauce. So BE AWARE. BE VERY AWARE.
ARE YOU SICK!? OR ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? OR ARE YOU CRAZY!?
These are the words I always hear from people I invite to meet my friend, my TIMBERLAND. The place is so high up that the road inclines are ridiculous.
Well I told you my TIMBERLAND is not easy to get. But if you say at your age you can’t do it, you just have to meet MANG OCA, a rider who is 76 years old and climbs the “WALL” on a mountain bike 5 times for breakfast. Do I need to say more?
ID! You have to have ID! Identification Card! With your photos on it. Yeah, you need ID to enter the gate of Timberland Heights.
Isn’t the “WALL” not enough exercise or challenge for you for the day? Why do you have to go further?
AH! BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Inside TIMBERLAND HEIGHTS there is more. You guessed it! MORE UPHILL. Enter the gates, you will immediately encounter more uphill but with a stunning view of the metro at your side. After that, you will encounter rough terrain, a little work- out for those very expensive suspension systems. A few kilometers more, there is a store and a resto much like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Upon reaching those destinations, you can, seat down, chillax and chat with other riders, have a good rest and snacks then head down back to my TIMBERLAND and then straight to your home.
Thanks for reading.
This is FB Larry T. Herrera | PINOY ADVENTURE RIDER
and this is my ride report.