There’s this road in San Pablo that winds its way around a Sampaloc Lake. its approximately 3.5 kilometers long and has been the most popular walking, running and biking stretch of asphalt ever since I can remember.
One of my first rides was around this lake was organized by a Jesuit brother named James Dunne to raise funds for a cause that I have already forgotten. The idea was that several kind souls would donate one peso to the fund for every kilometer ridden on a bicycle around the lake. Brother Dunne borrowed all the bicycles he could and gathered a good number of volunteers from the grade school and high school departments of Ateneo de San Pablo where he taught and herded us to Sampaloc Lake to ride.
I cannot recall how much we raised that day but I do remember it went to the thousands. I also remember that it was the first time that a ride game me the most fun.
I visited the lake last weekend and I was pleasantly surprised that it was still the most popular road to walk, run or ride on. Below are some of the photos I took (click to enlarge).