Motorbiking El Nido
I didn’t even see the 90º turn in the highway until it was too late. I had enough sense not to make a high speed left turn and in seeing the road did technically continue, I knew not to slam on the brakes either. I braced myself to hit the dirt road, while gently squeezing both breaks for a controlled stop. Or so I thought. It works on a mountain bike.
Normal, fully automatic motorbikes (scooters) come with very basic tires – thin and very little tread – whereas the manual bikes more like dirt bikes come with some beefier tires. My best analogy for this is that it’s like having road bike tires versus mountain bike tires. There are simply things that should not be done on road bike tires (at least for normal people)… Like fast speeds on gravely roads with large rocks.
Instead of a controlled stop, I hit some 3″ deep gravel. There was nothing I could do as my front tire dug in and was kicked left by a large 4″ rock. It was slow enough where I wasn’t thrown from the bike, but I slid out a foot or two as I hit the ground – mainly just bruising my hip and getting some sweet road rash up my right arm.
Luckily I only broke a headlight; A 1″ break from it hitting another 4″ rock dead on, which was a $40 fix. But other than that, it was only my ego that really hurt. It was dumb, avoidable, but most importantly lucky.
This was pretty early on in the day so to say that I was kind of timid the rest of the day would be an understatement. And the roads only got worse.
Moral of the story? Take a trike/van or know how to drive the full-on dirtbikes to get around the area.
At least El Nido has some spectacular beaches….