Monday, March 24, 2014

Trail Tales at Ka Vergel's

You are a true-blue trail rider at Timberland if you have visited Ka Vergel's Trail Stop. This little piece of land, located at Mount Maarat (coordinates 14.667505,121.177004), is a haven for outdoor adventurers who frequent the trails. Considered as Tatay or Father to all who stopped by his place, Ka Vergel, whose age many are not sure of, is surrounded by aura and mysticism that masks his real age. If you had seen him in the late 90s, you'd swear he looked as if he doesn't aged much. The old man is well known in the off-roading, mountain-biking, and motocross circles. So well known that you can find his place in Google maps. Someone even made him a Facebook fan page.

I went out with friends to Ka Vergel's via AFP Trail last Saturday, March 22, 2014. It is my first time to climb up Mount Maarat via AFP trail. The trail was named so because it ran through AFP housing in San Mateo.

Start of the climb - Bancom Subdivision

Going to Ka Vergel's

Technical trails that will surely keep you busy

At last, we arrived at Ka Vergel's

We ordered the famous staple at Ka Vergel's: Guisadong Mackerel with Sitao and Kamote Tops. While waiting for our food to arrive, we had a chance to chat with the old man. He talks of his life as a mountain man. How he walked for kilometers just to gather firewood, or fish on streams. He lives a simple life, his hut has no electric power. He has couple of dogs to protect him. One can observe that his dogs are trained not to bark at Mountain Bike, Motocross, or 4x4 Riders. But if you pass by at his place walking, you'd be barked at. He has a fish pond, some free range chickens, a vegetable garden where you can buy from.

Ka Vergel's favorite: Big Mac (a big can of Hokkaido Mackerel with Sitao and Kamote tops)
Ka Vergel warned us of recent encounters between government soldiers and rebel communists last March 20, 2014. He said we should never go to the Casile trail where the rebels maybe holding. He then tells of visits from Communists during the 80's and 90's. You can just listen to him speak of the colorful life living in the boondocks.

Tilapia teems in the pond.


Part I
Bike Stats:
Name: 3/22/2014 5:59AM
Activity type: mountain biking
Description: -
Total distance: 11.99 km (7.4 mi)
Total time: 1:55:59
Moving time: 1:16:40
Average speed: 6.20 km/h (3.9 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.38 km/h (5.8 mi/h)
Max speed: 32.38 km/h (20.1 mi/h)
Average pace: 9:41 min/km (15:34 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:24 min/km (10:18 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:51 min/km (2:59 min/mi)
Max elevation: 383 m (1255 ft)
Min elevation: 5 m (15 ft)
Elevation gain: 539 m (1768 ft)
Max grade: 23 %
Min grade: -14 %
Recorded: 3/22/2014 5:59AM

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Part II
Bike Stats
Total distance: 14.53 km (9.0 mi)
Total time: 1:19:51
Moving time: 1:06:58
Average speed: 10.92 km/h (6.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 13.02 km/h (8.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 37.93 km/h (23.6 mi/h)
Average pace: 5:30 min/km (8:51 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 4:36 min/km (7:25 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 1:35 min/km (2:33 min/mi)
Max elevation: 364 m (1195 ft)
Min elevation: -17 m (-54 ft)
Elevation gain: 551 m (1808 ft)
Max grade: 49 %
Min grade: -20 %
Recorded: 3/22/2014 9:23AM

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