Day 2: Wawa – Mamburao

Abra de Ilog. Just a short ride from Wawa, we stopped here to get some breakfast. Our first Philippines town by bike and we were definitely attracting a few stares - something we'd have to get used to fast.

Abra de Ilog. Just a short ride from Wawa, we stopped here to get some breakfast. Our first Philippines town by bike and we were definitely attracting a few stares - something we'd have to get used to fast.

Nipa huts are the most common form of housing we saw on the trip - basic bamboo huts with dirt floors (sometimes with electrocity). They come in all forms, shape and sizes - but always bamboo.

Nipa huts are the most common form of housing we saw on the trip - basic bamboo huts with dirt floors (sometimes with electricity). They come in all forms, shape and sizes - but always in bamboo.

On the road - between Abra de Ilog and Mamburao. We rode 44km on this first, proper, day of riding. I had quite a hard time in the heat - finding that i'd be starting to overheat after only 10km or so. We stopped often to cool down and drink.

On the road - between Abra de Ilog and Mamburao. We rode 44km on this first of riding. I had quite a hard time in the heat - finding that I'd be starting to overheat after only 10km or so. We stopped often to cool down and drink.

River and bankas (pump boats) at Mamburao. Mamburao is a small but hectic little fishing town. We hung out here and had some late lunch before riding a short way back up the coast to a (very) budget resort on the beach. We discovered that 'off season' here actually means 'deserted' - often we were the only people in any of the accomodation. And the hosts often seemed suprised to see people turning up. Especially a couple of joes on bikes!

River and bankas (pump boats) at Mamburao. Mamburao is a small but hectic little fishing town in a scenic spot by the river mouth. We hung out here and had some late lunch before riding a short way back up the coast to a (very) budget resort on the beach. We discovered that 'off season' here actually means 'deserted' - often we were the only people in any of the accomodation. And the hosts often seemed suprised to see people turning up. Especially a couple of joes on bikes!

Pretty much anywhere we stopped for long during the trip kids would soon surround us. Usually they'd be a bit shy at first, especially of my camera. Once you show them a shot on the display they all want to be in a shot and usually start going nuts - crowding around, laughing and pressing their noses into the lens.

Pretty much anywhere we stopped for long during the trip kids would soon surround us. Usually they'd be a bit shy at first, especially of my camera. Once you show them a shot on the display they all want to be in a shot and usually start going nuts - crowding around, laughing and pressing their noses into the lens.

Kids on the jetty north of Mamburao

Kids on the jetty north of Mamburao.

Petrol for sale.

Petrol for sale.

We were also soon to discover that in the small towns lunch options for hungry cyclists were quite limited! We ate a few of these funny little burgers on Mindoro.

We were also soon to discover that in the small towns lunch options for hungry cyclists were quite limited! We ate a few of these funny little burgers on Mindoro.

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2 Responses to “Day 2: Wawa – Mamburao”


  1. 1 cragrat August 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I bet the breakfast was good after no dinner

  2. 2 Jovan January 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I was so inspired by your ride that we did a Mindoro loop from the 27th to the 30th of December 2010.

    Here’s the link to my blog with the pictures and the stories
    http://www.bisikleta.ph/2011/01/mindoro-bikepackers-day-one-batangas.html


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