Biking up in the sky-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
IT’S fun to bike. Aside from saving hard-earned cash, biking is also a good form of exercise.
But it's more fun if you do biking on top of a cable that is 60 feet high! That's what skycycle is all about.
The Eden Nature Park and Resort, in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, has recently added this sort of extreme adventure in their must-do activities.
"It's like pedaling your way through the sky," said Tina Dotimas-Huab, the resort's marketing manager.
However, it's not for the faint-hearted. Aside from the height, you have to pedal your way through the cable which is 200 meters. That's not all. You have to return back to where you have started once you get to the other end.
"The whole routine will take about four minutes the most," Tina said. "That is, if you pedal fast. But if you do it slowly, it may take you about six minutes or so."
We were one of the Davao media to be invited to try the skycycle. But since I have fear of heights, I didn't try it. However, my friend, Armando A. Mortejo, who tried it two times, said it was fun. "I really enjoyed it," he said.
Television host and columnist Ian Garcia said he was afraid in the beginning. When I asked him why he never moved his head when I shouted (from the ground) to face right so I can capture him in my camera, he replied: "As if my neck has a life of its own."
"I never looked down," said Deng Fuentes, of ABS-CBN Davao. "I was pedalling fast because I couldn't see Ian." She pedaled so fast that she reached the other end in a record of more than just a minute.
At the age of 27, Armando was the youngest among the group who tried the skycycle. The oldest, at age 68, was Rene Lumawag, the photographer of "Mindanao Times." "It proves that even if you are old, you can still do extreme activities like this," Rene said.
P200 per person is the rate for either adult or child. But if you want a combination of skycycle and skyrider (that's how it calls zipline), the rate is P300 per person.
The operating hours is 1 to 4 p.m. during Mondays to Thursdays and from 8 to 12 p.m. and then 1 to 4 p.m. during Fridays to Sundays.
Aside from skycycle, Tina also brought the group to its Butterfly Garden. Here, you can learn something new facts not only about butterflies but also other insects found in the resort.
The Butterfly Garden is located near the Aviary, a little walk away from the Day Tour Center.
Now, Davao City has three butterfly gardens. There's one at the Davao Crocodile Park in Ma-a, and another one at the Malagos Garden Resort in Baguio District in Calinan. Which of the three is the best, compare it yourself and visit the three gardens.
There are several other points of interest you can do while at the resort. One of the most often-visited is the Amphitheatre and Flower Garden. Here, you can feast on the colorful sights and smell of the flowers aside from enjoying the excellent view of Davao City and the Gulf.
In Tinubdan, you get to experience "a cultural journey into the heartland of indigenous wisdom." Occupying over 5,000 square meters, it is described as "an outdoor museum/cultural park, featuring an educational tour, for everyone to appreciate the indigenous cultural heritage of Mindanao."
Also a sight to behold is its Vegetable Gardens and Greenhouses. Vegetables like tomato and cucumber -- to name just two -- are organically grown. Several varieties of lettuce are also grown using the state-of-the-art hydroponic technology.
Never to be missed is the Matinlo Pond. "Matinlo" comes from a Palaweno word which means "beautiful." The boulders of the pond itself are believed to have been spewed by the raging Mount Talomo during its eruption more than a century ago.
There are several more other places of interest. But before doing a tour, be sure to get a guide map from the Day Tour Center so you don't get lost during your stay at the resort.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 29, 2013.