Day 11: Sipalay – Dumaguete

Sugar Beach, sans bike

Sugar Beach, sans bike.

Not far out of Sipalay we ground our way up a short steep climb. My 10-year old drivetrain was starting skip really badly. It had slowly been dying, but not we were faced with having to replace it right away, before we hit the hills of Palawan.

Not far out of Sipalay we ground our way up a short steep climb. My 10-year old drivetrain was starting to skip really badly. It had slowly been dying, but now we were faced with having to replace it right away, before we hit the hills of Palawan.

At the

At the bottom of the hill we cruised into Hinoba-an, and there it was - a likely looking bike shop (bikes are popular in the Philippines, but are usually in disrepair). Looked like it had Shimano parts too, and we had just enough pesos left ... (Photo: Hana)

At the bottom of the hill we cruised into Hanoba-an, and there it was - a likely looking bike shot (bikes are popular in the Philippines, but are usually in total disrepair). About an hour later we rolled back out of the shop with a new mid-range Shimano drivetrain on my bike, costing a grad total of NZ$60 - bargain!

About an hour later we rolled back out of the shop with a new mid-range Shimano drivetrain on my bike, costing a grand total of NZ$60 - bargain! The guys in the shop were stoked for the business and helped me transfer it all over. (Photo: Hana)

Spot the dog.

Spot the dog.

Hana chatting to villagers on the road between Hinoba-an and Bayawan. Most of was gravel, but we managed to knockout the 92km that day pretty fast.

Hana chatting to villagers on the road between Hinoba-an and Bayawan. Most of it was gravel, but we managed to knock out the 92km that day pretty fast.

70-year-old guy in same village.

70-year-old guy in same village.

Planting rice - got to be back-wrecking work.

Planting rice - got to be back-wrecking work.

Rice and grain shop at Basey. We were right out in the wops here and I think tourists rarely pass this way. We attracted heaps of stares here, and people were really shy. Makes you feel quite self conscious, especially with a big camera round your neck.

Rice and grain shop at Basey. We were right out in the wops here and I think tourists rarely pass this way. We attracted heaps of stares, and people were really shy. Makes you feel quite self conscious, especially with a big camera round your neck.

We stopped at chatted to this village tailor for a while. His sewing machine was treadle operated.

We stopped and chatted to this village tailor for a while. His sewing machine was treadle operated - cool! He and his wife were another couple that seemed so happy, with so little, that you really do wonder about the gig the Western world is on.

After 92km of mostly gravel road from Sipalay we hit Bayawan tired and dirty. We needed to be getting a ferry to Cebu the next day, so to make up time we caught an early evening bus the last couple of hours to Dumaguete.

After 92km of mostly gravel road from Sipalay we hit Bayawan tired and dirty. We needed to be getting a ferry to Cebu the next day, so to make up time we caught an early evening bus the last couple of hours to Dumaguete.

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2 Responses to “Day 11: Sipalay – Dumaguete”


  1. 1 renniet harriet July 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I must say, it’s really a nice adventure! I am from Mindanao and I always dreamed of trailing here! I am really motivated after seeing this blog. I am now slowly assembling my bike. I bought the frame, fork at our nearest bike shop and some bike accessories are bought at the Online BIke Shop in the Philippine – Aventura.

    Cheers to this!

  2. 2 Edgar Santos July 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    wow nice journey,what’s next? take care


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