Philippines Adventure Rides

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  1. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    On the way up is a place called Dinadiawan.

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    Second time same place, guess I'll never get tired of this view.

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  2. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Riding a few kilometers up from this view is where we would be spending the night.

    Entrance to Rock and Sand resort.
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    As we get closer, here's what the pathway looks like.

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    And a close up of what's lined up on the side of the dusty pathway. Ornaments made from tree stems, coconut shell, and husk. Looks like a candle holder of some sort. The locals' beautification of their fishing village was on going this time.

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    Children playing on the road.

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  3. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    At long last we finally reached our target destination. Welcome to rock and sand. A quiet place only for us to enjoy, at least before the summer long weekends comes up I think. Room rates are from 800 pesos above. Fan rooms and airconditioned rooms with 2 beds to 4 are your options. You got it right, we got the cheapest one, which is the best for me as our hut was sitting right in front of the beach. :wink:

    The owner was very kind and offered to cook our first decent fish and rice meal for the day. It was good and cost a measly 80 pesos per person, we ate till we can't anymore. :lol3

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    As sunset approaches, a swarm of big mosquitos (at least by Philippine standards) attacked! Good thing one of us brought insect repellant and so should you when you plan to go here. Insect repellant and a camp fire made us bullet proof. :clap later on the owner told us that those mosquitoes only come out a couple of minutes and leaves before you know it. True enough, it was time to drink the night away.

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  4. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    As much as we had wanted to get more sleep, we had to leave just right after day break and head back to Baler (one of the popular surf beaches in the Philippines ) and morph from adventure rider to plain tourist :puke1

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    Coffee breakfast before hitting the saddle.
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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    We chanced upon these 2 girls walking on the roadside selling their parents' hand made brooms on our way back and finally got our first group picture.

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    Sign says it all.
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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Forgot to post this picture. Here's the address of rock and sand if it's readable though.
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  8. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Sabang-Baler
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    This place is lined up with various accomodation for you to choose from Transient houses, shacks, surfer friendly rooms, surfer girls lodging, camp grounds, budget frindly and elegant hotels.
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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    This is where I always stay during my visits here. Bay's inn a budget friendly hotel woth decent food. People from other hotels go here to have their meals which at an average would cost about 3U$D. Room rates are from 1,500 pesos and up roughly $ 33

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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Now that we've taken off our boots and riding gear. It's time to enjoy the life of a tourist :jkam

    Cheers to the good life and let's drink to that...while it lasts :freaky

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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Time to check put the attractions baler has to offer.

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    Oldest and largest Balete tree

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    You can walk through the tree trunk.

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    Looking up from inside the tree
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    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    We then got on our bikes and explored places nearby.

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    We were supposed to check out 2 other waterfalls but this place was hard to leave especially with great cold beer.

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    Drinkers guide. Have your beer at hungry surfer or yellow fin and meet wonderful people. Beautiful women :evil or men if you're of the opposite sex that is :wink:
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    Waking up just before day break with a hang over just before heading home :puke1. Good thing our lodging includes a breakfast buffet to ease the headache.

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    Love is in the air early in the morning.

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    Ok enough of the tourist thing, it's saddle time. This time we pass through the supposedly original route. Via Pantabangan lake/dam.

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    The roads going home are filled with twisties enough to make us dizzy and stop for coffee it's either that, or the beer still flowing through my veins from drinking the night before. :puke1.

    One thing we learned from this ride. Sometimes getting deliberately lost is better than reaching destination on time. On the other hand, never party too hard the night before a ride. :freaky

    This one's for Herc :2cry

    Till my next adventure...
  15. YnotJP?

    YnotJP? Long timer

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    Carlos, Thanks. Nice report looks like a good trip. I am sure Herc would have loved it.
  16. jeepsterman75

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    Thanks for the thread...I will try it in April...if I can suck-it-up and be as brave as you...coming from Montana and California to get lost in the PI...
    Do you ride at night because of the Heat?
    How much is the Hand Carried Gas in the mountains?
    Thanks for keeping Herc alive!
    "It's time to die when you can't ride Dirt anymore"
  17. YnotJP?

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    Welcome, It is great that your first posting was to this site. Unlike Montana, there is no chance of hitting a deer riding in the Philippines. It is still not the best idea to ride after dark, sure it can be done, but, understand there are trucks, buses etc. that run with no lights at all. Think of a Montana logtruck coming down the road with no lights.

    If you ride when you come in April, you will most likely be renting a small bike. So the cost of gas should not matter too much. During the day in most areas gas is no problem with a little planning. The same goes for lodging.

    If you have been following Herc's, Carlos's and the other ride reports here, you are aware of the great riding the Philippines has to offer. Come, you will have a great time, and not just from the great riding.
  18. carloscyclecare

    carloscyclecare Been here awhile

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    Thanks YnotJP. It was all good while it lasted. It's back to reality once again :puke1

    Jeepsterman75 come visit the Philippines as there are a lot of beautiful ride destinations in store for you, apart from that you'll love the accomodating Filipino folks. Regarding your query, we ride at usually at night to save up on the available time/days off we get from work. We often gear up and ride straight from work and arrive at our destination by day break, by doing this we get to spend a whole day relaxing at the destination of our choice and get to do more exploration and side trips. This means riding while sleep deprived, quite stupid but the views along the way is our natural caffeine. Regarding fuel availability, it is sometimes hard to find gas stations that are open when you're riding up north by night. This is our usual concern when riding up to baguio or sagada at night. Gas stations along the tollways are usually open 24hours but we don't have access to that since we ride sub 400's which aren't allowed in the tollways. However, if you plan on riding down south to bicol region, finding fuel stations wouldn't be a problem. A tip when running low on fuel in the Philippine provinces, just ask a local where you can buy some, and surely you will be pointed to a small "sari sari" store selling fuel in 1liter soda bottles will be most likely available nearby. :D
  19. hondav2

    hondav2 Kiwi Fukengruver

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    Where are you going to and how long will you be in the Phills . I arrive back there mid April for 6 months . Cheers Toddy
  20. Adventure Addict

    Adventure Addict Doin it in the dirt

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    If any of you guys will make it to Cebu during your visits to the Philippines
    let me know. We do lots of good riding and mostly avoid the paved roads...

    And we do it on proper dirt bikes, not scooters or china bikes :ricky

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