Semana Santa 2012 (Part 4): Back to the Island of Luzon!

I didn’t see a lot of Leyte but it’s okay. It only meant I have a lot of reason to go back to the island. For now, I have to make my way from Tacloban City to Allen, Samar to catch the RORO back to Luzon before it gets dark.

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Come to think of it, I also didn’t get to see a lot of Samar either. If you recall, I passed through Samar going to Leyte at night. I was too busy trying to stay awake. This time, I have daylight on my side. I’m praying it doesn’t rain though.

The road from Tacloban to Calbayog is in good condition. Mountain slopes on one side, the sea just a few kilometers on the other side. Very refreshing!

The road from Tacloban to Calbayog is in good condition. Mountain slopes on one side, the sea just a few kilometers on the other side. Very refreshing!

Catbalogan, Samar's capital  is 100 kms away from Tacloban City, Leyte.

Catbalogan, Samar’s capital is 100 kms away from Tacloban City, Leyte.

Weather is very unpredictable in this region but the sun was shining brightly when I got to the Capitol

Weather is very unpredictable in this region but the sun was shining brightly when I got to the Capitol.

Catbalogan City's tricycle. Colorful, sturdy, and spacious

Catbalogan City’s tricycle. Colorful, sturdy, and spacious.

I forgot to refuel and Calbayog is still 70kms from Catbalogan

I forgot to refuel and Calbayog is still 70kms from Catbalogan. I have already traveled 100kms and a full tank usually only lasts for 150 kms.

I wish I have this habal-habal's roof and widshield. It's been raining on this part in Santa Margarita

I wish I have this habal-habal’s roof and widshield. It’s been raining on this part in Santa Margarita.

I traveled 171 kms on one full tank. I refueled with 3.52 kms or P238 at P67.65/L. Slowing down and maintaining a 50kph speed can really save fuel

I traveled 171 kms on one full tank. I refueled with 3.52 kms or P238 at P67.65/L. Slowing down and maintaining a 50kph speed helped save fuel.

I normally rest no longer than 30 minutes and only intake energy bars and energy drinks if needed.

I normally rest no longer than 30 minutes and only intake energy bars and energy drinks if needed.

While resting, I noticed this little fella stuck in my knee protector. Poor thing!  Never mind those "list of interesting facts", it is not true that they have 24 hours life span.

While resting, I noticed this little fella stuck in my knee protector. Poor thing! It lived to tell his story.

Calbayog "tricycle's" trademark has got to be those small wheels. It has 4 wheels in total.

Calbayog “tricycle’s” trademark has got to be those small wheels. It has 4 wheels in total.

Calbayog-Allen road has a lot of road works going on and since I am ahead of schedule, I thought, I can go the long way - via Catarman

Calbayog-Allen road has a lot of road works going on and since I am ahead of schedule, I thought, I can go the long way – via Catarman. This will double the distance to be traveled.

The roads leading to and from Catarman are OK. Not polished like asphalted roads though. It cuts through the mountain so best to avoid it when travelling at night or alone. Wait, I am alone!

The roads leading to and from Catarman are OK. Not polished like asphalted roads though. It cuts through the mountain so best to avoid it when travelling at night or alone. Wait, I am alone!

Finally got myself to Allen Port by 5PM. Goodbye Visayas!

Finally got myself to Allen Port by 5PM. Goodbye Visayas! I shall return.

Best part of the RORO crossing is the sunset. God it's beautiful!

Best part of the RORO crossing is the sunset. God it’s beautiful!

By 7PM we are already approaching Matnog port.

By 7PM we are already approaching Matnog port.

Who needs complicated computers to safely guide the ship into port? Send someone down there and tells us where to go!! lol!

Who needs complicated computers to safely guide the ship into port? Send someone down there and tells us where to go!! lol!

I'm back Luzon. Did you miss me? I'm waiting for some buses to leave the port.  I'll tail them all the way to Legazpi! Haha!

I’m back Luzon. Did you miss me? I’m waiting for some buses to leave the port. I’ll tail them all the way to Legazpi! Haha!

I needed to stop and refuel somewhere in Sorsogon City. I was left alone again. Good thing is Sorsogon roads are in excellent condition and has reflectorized paint.

I needed to stop to refuel in Sorsogon City. I was left alone again. Good thing is Sorsogon roads are in excellent condition and has reflectorized paint.

I was home by 10PM. My niece and nephew are still awake. I’ll make it up to them the following day. I had a long day, almost 450 kms actually.

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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4 Responses to Semana Santa 2012 (Part 4): Back to the Island of Luzon!

  1. iko says:

    hi sir, posible po ba ung manila to tacloban, 2 wheels solo ride?

  2. iko says:

    ano po ba yung preparations po para jan? Salamat.

    • basic preparation na yung tune up at change oil para sa MC. make sure maganda pa thread ng gulong mo. para sa rider naman, disiplina lang.. the rest, you’ll figure out on your own as you put in more miles under your belt. good luck!

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