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Mitch's Philippine Loop Day 41-44: Ozamiz to Bacolod Port, Negros

Updated: Mar 20

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Bicycle Riding Day 4️⃣1️⃣

March 06, 2024

From: Ozamiz

Destination: Dapitan Port

Distance traveled today: 148.14kms

Total KM Traveled: 4,435.88


Route:

Ozamiz, following coastal highway through Clarin, Oroquieta, Plaridel, Calamba, Sampang Dalaga to Dapitan Port. 🚴‍♂️🇵🇭



Notes:

I had a taste of Bukidnon mountains towards the end of today coming through Sampang Dalaga. It was long day, but my recovery is fast.


I met another motorcycle Looper named Utoy from Laguna. I was a little slow getting started but had hardest climbs at the end.



Had another blowout today! That tire lasted 500kms. No more. Found a bike shop to buy backup tire for future purposes.



I had some teenagers show me where pier is. I passed KM Marker 1,825 today. This is farthest I have been on National Hwy system.



Had some great roadside fruit salad drink again today. My YouTube channel grew by 88 new people this month. I have a lot of video to edit. Completely hot, not a single drop of rain today. I like it.

💯🇵🇭



Ferry to Dumaguete, Negros Island departs at 0200AM. I expect to finish Negros in two days.



Still targeting March 15th Finish Line at SM Masinag. ✝️🚴‍♂️🇵🇭


End of Day 4️⃣1️⃣


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March 07, 2024

From: Dumaguete City.

Destination: Ayungon, Negros.

Distance traveled today: 90.40kms

Total KM Traveled: 4,526.28


Route:

Dumaguete downtown towards Bais, Manjuyod, following coastline to Ayungon, Negros. 🚴‍♂️🇵🇭



Notes:

I did not sleep last night. The ferry left Dapitan at 0200, arrived in Dumaguete at 0630. I went straight to my host to eat, shower, and change. No sleep.



Traveled up the coastline all day through Bais ending in Ayungon. Very hot today Stopped a lot for drinks. Nearly every municipality has 7/11. Since 1982, there are 3,323 7/11's in the Philippines.


I love the TRUCKS of Negros. The sugarcane industry is amazing! Many of these trucks have bodies from the 40's still. 80+ year old trucks!



I hoped to get farther to San Carlos, but I was sleepy. Only 90kms for today.


I hope to reach Bacolod pier in two more days.

💯🇵🇭


Still targeting March 15th Finish Line at SM Masinag. ✝️🚴‍♂️🇵🇭


End of Day 4️⃣2️⃣


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Bicycle Riding Day 4️⃣3️⃣

March 08, 2024

From: Ayungon, Negros Oriental.

Destination: Escalante, Negros Occidental.

Distance traveled today: 147.96kms

Total KM Traveled: 4,674.24


Route:

Ayungon, Negros, Oriental through La Libertad, Guihulngan, passing Bolado Port, through Vallehermosa to San Carlo City. Continue on through Calatrava, passing by Toboso, to Escalante.🚴‍♂️🇵🇭



Notes:

I chose not to take mountain route across island to Bacolod, but taking the coastline circumferential route also has some climbing between Toloso and Escalante. I like it. There is long, flat, super hot stretches. Thank God it is not raining. Negros would be very hard with rain.


I LOVE the sugarcane industry. I LOVE all the trucks. So many sugarcane trucks. The route reminds me of Kansas and South Dakota, USA corn and wheat fields. The route is hot, sweaty, and dusty.



Everything needs to be cleaned when you arrive in Escalante. I noticed the fading of language from Cebuano to Ilonggo.




Thank God for all this sugar production. I plan on making special video production focusing primarily on: The Sugarcane Trucks of Negros!


Tomorrow, we go to Bacolod and try to get ferry to Iloilo on same day.

💯🚚🚛🇵🇭


Still targeting March 15th Finish Line at SM Masinag.🏁 ✝️🚴‍♂️🇵🇭


End of Day 4️⃣3️⃣


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Bicycle Riding Day 4️⃣4️⃣

March 09, 2024

From: Escalante, Neg. Occ.

Destination: Dumangas, Iloilo.


Distance traveled today: 111.49kms (2 readings).

Total KM Traveled: 4,785.73


Route:

Escalante, Neg. Occ. through Sagay, and all the way around the top to Victoria's down to Bacolod Port + Ferry + short trip to Dumangas, Iloilo. 🚴‍♂️🚢🚴‍♂️🇵🇭



Notes:

Again, overwhelming industry of sugarcane. Victoria's Milling Corporation since 1919. Truck after truck after truck. Most trucks in Phils.


They are great, considerate drivers. I NEVER felt concerned about them passing me.


Seems like Negros is work, work, work. What tourism do they have? Beaches and resorts only?


I had a few people stop me on motors. They said they have been following my journey.



Port entry in Bacolod was easy. I had solo biker show me the way. Bicycle crossers are privileged and easier than if with car. 30 pesos for lobby and 150 pesos for boat.



Iloilo City is 25kms opposite from pier so I made short 8km ride to Dumangas, Iloilo since it will point me in right direction tomorrow. 💯🚚🚛🚢🚴‍♂️🇵🇭



Caticlan Port is my goal in two days.


Still targeting March 15th Finish Line at SM Masinag.🏁 ✝️🚴‍♂️🇵🇭


End of Day 4️⃣4️⃣


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