Day 14: San Rafael – Roxas

Two boys with fighing cock. These kids were super shy - took a bit of convincing to get a photo.

Two boys with fighing cock. These kids were super shy - took a bit of convincing to get a photo.

Nice fast, smooth roads.

Nice fast, smooth roads.

Mmmm - attack that mango.

Mmmm - attack that mango.

I guess this area got flooded often - all the houses were on stilts.

I guess this area got flooded often - all the houses were on stilts.

single cigarettes, coca cola in a bag with a straw, petrol in coca cola bottles. Pick your bag, pull it off the hook, pay your pesos and it's yours.

Everything's for sale in the Philippines and in any manner: single cigarettes, coca cola in a bag with a straw, petrol in coca cola bottles. Pick your bag, pull it off the hook, pay your pesos and it's yours.

After a 77km day (67 the day before), we rode into Roxas. The town's not much - pretty scruffy - so we found another (deserted) beachside resort for the night. It was mid afternoon, so we decided to sleep for a bit before heading out closer to sunset for dinner.

After a 77km day (67km the day before), we rode into Roxas. The town's not much - pretty scruffy - so we found another (deserted) beachside resort for the night. It was mid afternoon, so we decided to sleep for a bit before heading out closer to sunset for dinner.

Bangka and island (view from beach outside our room).

Bangka and island (view from beach outside our room).

Bangka on the beach.

Bangka on the beach.

Quite nice to go for a stoll before dinner. Our legs were pretty trashed and we were looking forward to something to eat...

Quite nice to go for a stoll before dinner. Our legs were pretty trashed though and we were looking forward to something to eat...

The F/B Filipina Lady

The F/B Filipina Lady.

To get into town we had to walk right through a small fishing village (and volleyball game). Definitely got a few stares here.

To get into town we had to walk right through a small fishing village (and volleyball game). Definitely got a few stares here.

Kids walking home from school.

Kids walking home from school.

Crazy cats.

Crazy cats. No relation to this photo, but the best thing about Roxas is the Vietnamese restaurant on the main drag out of town. It's not in the LP book, but it totally should be - some of the best food we ate on the trip right there. Super tasty, fresh ingredients, cheap and good service. It was so good we went back for breakfast.

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