Glenn is a bit apprehensive with the thought that I will be on my own considering I haven’t been biking for quite along time now. As a result, he fixed his schedule to squeeze in time to accompany me but not to bike, rather take our photos instead.
The arrival of Fr. Picx to Tiaong, Quezon was delayed for an hour due to the some muscle cramps he encountered when he reached Sto. Tomas, Batanggas. Glenn waited near Quezon Arch and began taking photos of him somewhere until we met.
I immediately handed him electrolyte drink. He said, I am the first biker he met in this advocacy ride. After a few pictures he had a piece of mango from local store and bought a newspaper from a convenient store. There he showed us the article where he was featured.
Apparently, it was the only time he could comfortably take a break because he forgot to bring his bike lock . By God’s providence, I brought mine which l normally don’t do and so I gave it to him. He still have fourteen days cycling journey and a lock will help him reach his goal with his bike. Soon we began kicking those pedals until Lusacan. At Petron Lusacan, where I am to end my bike ride, my friend Edwin Cueto gave him few snacks supply. Had last sets of snap shots and bid our goodbyes. I returned home feeling blessed.
CLIMATE BICYCLE RIDE
Fr. Amado Picardal is one epic biker and running-walking priest. He expresses his prayers and advocacy by walking several miles or biking it. At age 60, he thought he will not bike again. But with the super typhoon becoming “normal” in Philippines, he was compelled to do another epic advocacy ride. In his blog he appeals to the government to adress the causes of climate change while to the ordinary citizens he wrote:
As I bike behind Father Picx¸ I witnessed a gigantic lesson on strength, determination, perseverance, love for humanity and the environment emanating from his deep faith in God. Fr. Amado Picardal is one great priest who walk or bike the talk epically.
Bikers He Met on the Road
Naga, @ 8:00 AM, December 12
Tacloban, December 16, 2014 at 6:15 AM, with 20 cyclists(Oneway bike club) including 1 priest all the way to Tanauan.
RTE Agusan del North to Tabun Tabun, Agusan del Sur, December 17, sometime between 8:30am to 6 pm
The journey continues, more pictures in Part 3: Kring, kring, kring Still Calling