Mindoro: last days

Trip Start Nov 20, 2013
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Trip End Feb 13, 2014


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Flag of Philippines  , Mimaropa,
Thursday, December 12, 2013

To San José, cycling was a pleasant stroll, all flat and so I reached bustling San José just after noon with plenty of time for a swim - the water is 27 to 28*C.

The next morning I got on the road early, exspecting a mountain crossing to come, my first real climbe. The climbe was suposed to come right after San Jose - hm, Michael, 20km -> for a cyclist is not exactly right after :-)
Anyway, there was this mountain ridge of about 300hm, usually not that much of a problem, but for me the road was to steep to pedal and so I had to push. But lucky me again, after struggling for about 10min a motorcyclist felt sorry for me, turned back, tide a rope to my cycle and pulled me up to the top - thanks very much again! (that much to my actual fitness level...)
The good thing about it, the view was great anyway, and I was still quite relaxed :-)

In Bulalao, a pretty little fishermans town, I take a bus to Roxas because I want to catch the 4:00am ferry to Caticlan/Panay and relax a bit before the trip. The idea was to be early so I could cycle to Pandan where I wanted to stay & dive for a few days. Fortunately I called Nico (dive Shop in Pandan) and he recomended not to come. He said, we could go diving, but there is no place to stay because the taifun destreued all the resorts and also no power. Better to go directly to San José (another one, popular name - like every name starting with San ...). Quite a long day travelling!

The villages along the road looked ok, but most of the houses right beside the beach are damaged and still lots of wood laying around - but nothing alike the pictures on tv we saw from Tacloban.
A bit sad, the Panay West coast is beautiful, it would have bin great cycling.

Summary Mindoro: great for cycling! The West coast is a perfect start, pretty landscape, its mostly flat, little traffic, and allways a hotel whithin a comfortable cycing distance.
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