28-Year Old Filipino Biker Fulfills Dream Bike Ride Around Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao!
Kenneth Mheil Mangaya- Ay | July 07, 2020
Photos by BatangGala
Life on a bike is very simple. Suddenly, you no longer have a thousand things in your head, but only three main priorities: drinking, eating, and sleeping. It comes down to the basic needs of life. That is also a real adventure in its own right. When you sit on a bike, you sometimes feel a bit like a snail. Not because of the speed, but because you have your own house with you. A bike gives you the possibility of an I-don’t-need-to-plan plan which leaves space for adventure.
On a longer tour, you get the chance to have time for yourself, just like what 28-years old Melchizedek Aranas Garcia availed for himself. It took him 4 months (120 days, 84 riding days, 36 chill days/side trips) and about 10,200 kilometers of riding around Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao to fulfill his dream ride. “I ride because I want to fulfill my dreams. I want to go on an adventure and at the same time share the advocacies of our group about Climate Change and the Environment and what can we do about it. Also, to spread kindness, care, love, unity, and camaraderie #ThisIsWhyWeRide,” shared Melchizedek on his Facebook page.
His passion and advocacy ride him and his team to Mariveles, Bataan, Hundred Islands in Pangasinan, Vigan, Pagudpud, Aparri, Tuguegarao, Isabela, Baler, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay, Leyte, Butuan, Surigao City, Zamboanga, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, Sarangani, Oslob, Dumaguete, Bohol, Bacolod, IloIlo, Calapan City, Puerto Princesa, Bataraza, Sagada, Siargao, Davao City, and Davao Oriental. “I can’t really do it without the help of God who answered my prayers and all the people who supported me, prayed for me, accommodated me. All of your positive comments motivated me not to give up the ride,” he shared.
He also acknowledged his family, fellow cyclists, and unknown people he met along the way who were curious, open, and extended hospitality to him often. “To everyone that I met and have helped me along the road, I am deeply grateful and thankful to you.” It’s hard work, but it paid off. You get to know more the country authentically, not just from the normal touristic perspective. The path is the goal. #ChoosePhilippines