Biyaheng Sagada

Biyaheng Sagada
by The Pinoy Rider

The Pinoy Rider

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The perils of long distance riding

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Solo Ride to Negros Oriental

Solo Ride to Negros Occidental – The Bacolod and DSB Experience

The second part of my Negros island journey brings me to Negros Occidental.

By this time, I am already tired, not just due to the number of kilometers I have traveled but also because of the unforgiving weather. I could feel the sun and rain alternating, with the sky supposedly having an identity crisis of sorts, seemingly now knowing what kind of weather to give for this trip of mine. Not only will it affect the way I ride, and the length of time needed to cover my route, but it also is taking a toll on my body already. If you have been following my regular column here in Inside Racing Magazine, you would know that I came from Manila, then toured Cebu then took the coastal highway to reach the southernmost tip of Cebu, which is the small town of Santander. From there, I had to board a Roro via Maayo Shipping in order to reach Sibulan, Negros Oriental. Last issue featured my Epic Ride to Dumaguete wherein I toured the place dubbed as “Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines.” Dumaguete is located at the southern part of Negros Island, and as part of my Negros tour, I will now have to travel at least another 200 kilometers or so in order to reach the other province in Negros, this time Negros Occidental.

One of the items in my checklist is to ride and experience the twisties of Don Salvador Benedicto – Western Visayas’ own version of Marilaque. Since it was basically the same distance going to Bacolod, I still chose to stay in Bacolod, for obvious reasons – it’s at the center of all the other popular spots, and it will be easier for me to take care of my accommodation. Also, I wanted to try authentic Chicken Bacolod so for me it was an easy choice anyway.



Still a long way to go



Somewhere far away

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A Visit to Museo Ilocos Norte

Ilocos Norte is a province rich in Philippine History and old-style culture. Museo Ilocos Norte in Laoag City holds many remnants of that authentic Filipino lifestyle.

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Panagbenga 2013 – “Session Road in Bloom”

Experience Session Road at its busiest time of the year.

Showcasing different regional products on display, as well as thousands and thousands of people converging at Baguio City’s famous Session Road. This is “Session Road in Bloom.”

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Day 1 route

Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Day 1 route:

Manila to Batangas Port (106 kms – land); Batangas Port to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro (barge – 2 hours); Calapan to Danay Port, Roxas, Oriental Mindoro (148 kms – land); Roxas, Oriental Mindoro to Caticlan, Aklan (barge – 5 hours); Caticlan to Iloilo via Antique National Hi-Way (225.8 km)

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao tour Final Itinerary

I guess this is it. This will be my final itinerary so if you guys will be in the area, I would like to meet some, if not all of you.

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Mindanao Tour update: Gear Preparation

Preparing for my longest ride ever. My draft itinerary puts this ride somewhere between the vicinity of 4500 – 5500 kms, solo.
Gear: Waterproof Motorcycle Boots

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Excited…Anxious…

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider

Photoshoot with pro photographer KenjiroX

Recently, I was contacted by Paul “KenjiroX” Soliman of http://kenjirox.tumblr.com/ saying he wanted to do a photoshoot with me in Batangas. It could be because he saw how ugly the pictures I took were (just kidding). I know myself that I just use a point and shoot (and shoot hurriedly) whenever I do travel, so I really appreciate this opportunity.

Check out his beautiful work here.

I’d have to say that I was definitely impressed with the result.

Thanks again!

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Luzon – Visayas – Mindanao Loop

Tentative Date: December 21, 2012 – January 2, 2013.

I’ve been to Luzon and Visayas via motorbike. How about Mindanao this time?

The Pinoy Rider

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of http://www.pinoyrider.com – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

Follow his adventures on his website or through his Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/PinoyRider

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