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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Pcq, Jun 14, 2018.
More pics of the area
Hanging out at the goat house, great crowd !
pcq. hope everything is fine and you're in good company.
my hunt for a used XR200 is on.
All is good will update the RR soon. Super happy so far with the bullet proof XR !
Go for it and let us know how it goes getting hold of one!
Just getting caught up and wow, epic trip! Really enjoying your adventure. Great pics too. Keep 'em coming!
Just finished reading through. A great trip report for what looks like a magic tour. Hope your are still on tour and enjoing!
Thanks for taking the time to share the experience!
I’ve now wrapped up an amazing 4 month tour of the Philippines...
After riding up and down the coast one of Samar a couple of times, I rode on to Leyte to catch the ferry to Surigao, Mindanao.
From Surigao down the Northeast coast of Mindanao to the Lanuza spots. Not much swell around those parts so I headed back up to catch a ferry back to Siargao and spent the last few weeks riding, surfing and enjoying the scene on that amazing island.
In Pintuyan, Leyte we swam amongst whale sharks
One just circled continuously and we spent a good half an hour hanging out
The area is gorgeous
In Samar I hung out with Oli, a Canadian surfer and fellow biker. He was on a similar route from Siargao up the Pacific coast exploring islands and surf spots on his custom scrambler. We shared some very cool waves, rides bonfires, and laughs... Oli kills it in the waves. He basically thrashed the waves so hard and far that he wrecked his second board onto the reef hahaha... really cool guy
Here we are on a small ferry with our bikes and boards in the north of Samar
Oli and his setup
Post surf bonfires at the beach
here and following along. good to see your latest updates.
I spent my final 3 weeks back in Siargao.
I had some great surf sessions and met some very cool people. Between the north (Pacifico, Burgos) and General Luna. We took boats and explored some breaks off shore.
The XR did its job so well. Siargao is perfect for a bike like that!
I just had an issue with a short in the electrics that was causing the bike to intermittently cut out.
The local mechanic pulled all the wiring out and checked one by one, quite a tedious job. The harness is getting old and wiring ends up accumulating moisture or rubbing out the insulation.
Here we are dismounting the tank, and front plastics. This bike needed some TLC!
There were some cool bikes around the shop
Here are some additional shots of good times in siargao !
From siargao I flew to Manila and on to Hong Kong. I took 3 days there to meet a friend and check out the city. It did not disappoint!
Like a NYC in Asia...
The ethnic and cultural mix is inspiring and the food offering is amazing. I went nuts on the dim sum...
From Hong Kong I flew back to Madrid via Dubai.
That now has wrapped up this leg of travels and adventures.
10 months, 5 bikes (not counting the rental scooters), 18 countries, thousands of kms ridden, others on buses, ferries, trains, and aeroplanes. I even flew in an ultralight.
Countless moments of joy when riding on unknown trails, some scary moments that worked out Ok in the end, hundreds of amazing secluded spots, some of the best waves of my life, and definitely some of the most memorable people I have met, and like to now refer to as family and friends...
Lots of experience and lessons learnt. The biggest one is live life to your fullest, it will continuously surprise you if you put yourself out there and are open to it...
The XR and my board stays in Siargao at a friends who will enjoy it, and as I plan to come back maybe next year in the summer-fall swell season. Philippines has left a mark and might well be a regular destination for me.
This is the entire sketch of the tour:
RED = moto riding
BLACK = plane
YELLOW = ferry
GREEN = bus or train
My next adventure is coming up shortly.
I’ll post a link here to a new thread that I’ll create in about a months time. This is going to be focussed on long distance dirt riding.
Here’s just the a glimpse of the wheels I’ve procured for the ride
See you soon for a new adventure and thanks for the support !
I see you like riding while standing?
Awesome ride!, thanks for taking the time and effort to write this fantastic report