May 07, 2013, Valencia, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. An adventure like no other with cycling buddy, Tina dela Cruz. Highlights were visiting the market, breakfast at the boulevard, bathing in the river, and conquering Valencia.
Buying breakfast and souvenir at the Dumaguete Public Market
Looking for local breakfast
Tina having some local sandwich made.
Riding with my bayong and boom box
On our way out, this “ATM” machine made us very happy.
For me and Tina, going local is always the best way to go.
Breakfast at the boulevard
A morning to behold
Immediately after breakfast, we pedaled our way to Mt. Valencia
The road ahead
On our way to Valencia, we passed by this river/stream
We crossed the bridge and took a dip
The water was too beautiful to ignore.
The water was cold and clean. First time river bathers. What an experience!
A few meters from us were local women washing their clothes and bathing their children.
Up up we go
Surrounded by green.
Meeting an american cyclist on the road. Tim has lived in Dumaguete for 25 years and has a Filipina wife.
When we got hungry or thirsty, we stopped. There was no rushing. We made sure we tasted and experienced local delights on our journey.
I got too tired so we hitched a ride to Valencia town proper.
Thank you Manong! Apparently, the muti-cab we rode was the property of Valencia municipality. So we got a free ride!
Here was where we left our bikes. A carinderia just in front of the plaza. We just knew that our bikes would be safe here.
The road to the Writer’s Village was not going to be flat and smooth so we were advised to take the habal habal.
The road to the Writer’s Village was misty and cold, they call this place the little Baguio of Dumaguete City.
Finally, after about 15kms of habal habal ride, we arrived at the Writer’s Village.
The Writer’s Village
The Writer’s Village
Meeting up with Tracy.
Then it was time to say goodbye.
We took a habal habal back to Valencia town proper, and of course our bikes were still there. Had lunch at a local carinderia, then pedaled our way back to Dumaguete City, about 12kms of downhill. Fun! Thank you Tina for the unforgettable experience.
Thank you to the gentle people of Dumaguete city. We shall return for sure! More PHOTOS.