Monday, January 23, 2012

crossing cebu's mountain range on two wheels

 
whether it's riding or driving a bike, it has always been one of the best way to explore the islands of the Philippines. next to trekking, this is the most exciting option to access remote areas under rough road conditions.
 
still with Edwin, Doi and Ed  negotiated two motor bike drivers to bring us downhill. an unusual route. it took us some time to convince them as they have to return back to Mantalongon without passengers. but then they agreed at certain price.
 
i expected this diversion road to Badian to be part of Cebu's major highway, until we started to access this small unpaved road. along the way, we were passing by rocky hills and some few remaining pine trees.
 
 
in Cebu, to cross from East coast to its West coast, majority of the routes would require crossing its mountain range except for the Northernmost and Southernmost portions. among these traverse routes are Sogod to Tabuelan, Cebu City to Balamban, Tabunok to Toledo, Carcar to Barili, and Dalaguete to Badian.
it was in Sarangani when i last experienced the habal-habal ride. doing it this time South of Cebu was amazing. the one hour road trip via Mantalongon's diversion road to Badian has some of the nicest views of the hilly peaks. another side of Cebu that i never knew.
want to experience this?
from Mantalongon market place, you can easily find motor bike drivers but it would take you some good negotiation skills for them to bring you to Badian via this diversion road.

30 comments:

doi said...

hahaha. kalingaw! starring kaayo akong backpack and back! LOL

but this was one of those trips nga lingaw kaayo bec of the company of cool friends. thanks Dom! sa uulitin! ^_^

gillboard said...

katakot yung nag no-hands.

i liked the pic though from the top. didn't realize cebu had that kind of view as well. di ako sanay na di beach or city pics.

:)

Elal Jane L. Lasola said...

Wow. First time ko rin dito kuya dong! :D And I can relate to this post kasi every summer kami nagbabakasyon, nong student pa ako, sa Bayawan City, Neg Or and the means of transpo sa bukid part ay habal habal. hehe \m/

Traveling Hawk said...

this should be an interesting ride!

kurda deva said...

Wow, what a liberating ride... great sceneries to add. Perfect!

Thanks too for the return visit. :D Love reading your blog.

Photo Cache said...

drive by shooting done magnificently. i love road trips.

docgelo said...

hindi ba parang buwis-buhay ang pagkuha ng photos habang nakasakay sa motorsiklo? did you yelled, "look, ma, no hands! no hands!" ? hahaha!

i love the last shot, dom!

ps: the oc-oc MD in me says, hala, dom, bakit wala kayong helmet? buwis buhay nga! :D

SandyCarlson said...

Fun stuff, and a beautiful post. As usual. God bless!

Micamyx|Senyorita said...

Naalala ko nung first habal-habal ride ko sa Mindanao. Hindi kasi ako sanay sumakay sa motorcycle kasi dini-deprive ako, pero wala akong choice now lol. Masarap i-enjoy ang scenery through that ride, pero hindi ako marunong magpatakbo nyan :D

Pinoy Adventurista said...

enjoy talaga ang habal-habal rides! puro likod ni Doi at ang backpack nya... hehehe!!!

dong ho said...

>doi, hahaha... apil na sa ads imong bag. lingaw bitaw kay binuang man sige. hapit biya ka mahulog ana nga ride. more thanks to you Doi.

>gillboard, same here. ive stayed cebu for 5years and believe it or not i didnt had the chance to explore this side.

>kurda, thanks too for dropping by!

>photocache, cant help but have my camera out the whole time. at some point it was actually drizzling.

>doc, good that i was not at the rearmost portion of the ride but i was surprised to learn after the ride that my companion at the back actually slept.

walang helmet kasi di uso dun sa probinsiya.

>micamyx, i can imagine your own experience as ive seen you enjoy the topload ride to batad. hahaha...

>mervs, ad yan. hahaha... saya talaga pag habal habal.

alicesg said...

Thanks for the visit to my blog. Hope you have a great time with your Singapore friends.

Pietro said...

A wonderful ride and great views. I really enjoy these landscapes!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I suppose you guys paid the motor bike drivers more for this road trip into the mountains. Just be careful with that DSLR :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Ooh... I just remembered. My last habal habal ride was in Negros, en route to Casaroro Falls and I was almost three months pregnant. How fast time flew!

Chyng said...

ed is a dare devil! insured ba yan? =)

lesgow roam the south too, with the habal habal!

Reena said...

i tried habal habal sa samal. it was the scariest ride of my life! and i kept on telling the driver to slow down. haha.

ian l Brownmantrips.com said...

wow pwedeng maghabal papunta sa taas... para akin ang trail na ito... hahahaha

Rizalenio said...

I must experience habal habal. With sceneries like this, a must try talaga.

dong ho said...

>hi alicesg, they are. on their first day they watched mamma mia today they went to tagaytay.

>nomadic pinoy, just right including their return to the town of mantalongon. dslr was well secured.

>hi gay, wow! with luna in your tummy! i wont be surprised if luna will soon be one of the hippest traveler.

>hi chyng, hahaha... tagal niyang naka ganun. sure. let's do it!

>hi reena, we tried that too in samal. exciting lalo na pag di sementado yung daan.

>ian, ibang side ng mga peaks pwede makita with a habal habal.

>rizalenio, go for the outskirts in minadanao and visayas.

Batang Lakwatsero said...

kainggit naman ang saya. gusto ko din mag habal habal sa probinsya. hndi ko pa ito natry.

asiong32 said...

ang saya! gusto ko ring matry yan.

pusang kalye said...

galing sa tawaran portion nila Ed and Doi ha.hehehe---I agree, the view of the mountain range is amazing ha.Tas fresh air with the habal-habal.tas kasama mo pa si DongHo sa travel.sarap!!!

Bino / Frameless World said...

Riding a habal-habal while having that kind of sceneries is a superb experience. I'm sure, I'll enjoy it too.. kahit gano pa kahaba ang biyahe.

Sendo said...

cool!!! i miss riding in habal -habals hihi...most nearby landmarks from dumaguete can be reached by habal-habals mang gud...and when i was in camote island..i went around through habal habal pud..cool man mag habal habal gyud!!! ayos ah ^^..chada pud nindot ang feeling..hangin hehe

SunnyToast said...

Ka miss ang habal-habal ride:)...kahit nakakatakot but the experience is such liberating:)

bertN said...

Riders are not required to wear helmets?

Traveling Morion said...

been here Dongho:) Mantalongon, Tabon, caleriohan? hay namiss q ang habal habal,,

lakbay philippines said...

nkklrq nakatulog talaga ako. buti nalang di ako nahulog wehehehehehehe...

one of the best trips so far i've ever been! great companions, great place!

soloflightEd said...

@chyng: haha, ngayon insured na ako. lol

loko talaga tong si edwin, nakatulog talaga. i think nasa likod pa sya di ba? hahaha

thanks again for the company dom! kahit simpleng habal-habal, kakatuwa na. ganda pa ng scenery. i remember na may konteng ulan pa dito.

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