Romblon and Masbate - Day 9 - Masbate City to Cataingan
- Distance 76km
- Max Elevation 97m
Romblon and Masbate - Masbate City to Cataingan Ride Profile
After eight days of no internet access it was at last possible to catch
up with e-mail and look into ferries from Masbate island. The web sites
of the various ferry companies are not up to date and don't show all the
ferries, or even the right day and time of departure, so the only
option was to go down to the port and ask.
Once we had confirmed that there was a ferry which goes from Cataingan,
in the south of Masbate, to Bogo, in the north of Cebu, departing every
day at 12md, there was the beginning of a plan.
The next problem was that there was no information about accommodation
in Cataingan. It was too far to try and get there before 12md. Sitting
in the guest house restaurant, searching on the internet, a man
approached us and asked us if we were backpackers and could he help us
with anything. We told him our problem and immediately he made a couple
of phone calls and arranged for us to stay at a resort near the town in a
property owned by a friend.
By now it was 10.30am so we packed up our stuff quickly and got the
bikes. Karen's rear tyre was flat so, with an audience of about twenty
people, Steve patched it using the last patch in the box. The road down
the east coast of the island wasn't quite as smooth and well surfaced
as the one yesterday and was a mixture of concrete, tarmac and
unsurfaced sections. The scenery here was more like the rest
Only 10km after setting out Steve's front tyre side wall split and the
inner tube exploded with a spectacular noise. We had to put on the
emergency spare tyre and use the last patent inner tube. Finding a new
supply of good inner tubes and patches was now a priority.
The road continued along the coast, skirting the edges of some nice wide
sandy bays but except for a couple of shabby local day resorts there
were only fishing communities on the shores. It was very cloudy with a
cool breeze, ideal for cycling. Closer to Cataingan there were several
short sharp rain showers and the sky darkened.
Arriving in the town we went straight down to the small port to check
the ferry details. With possible worsening of the weather there was no
certainty that the boat would arrive from Bogo the next day. We just had
to hope that it would. As we rode back up the hill to get to the resort
it started to pour with rain and we were quickly soaked. Just at the
top of the hill was a newly built hotel so we decided to stay there
instead of continuing a further 3km in the rain.
The hotel may have been newly opened but it had all the annoying
features of most other Philippino hotels. The water pressure in the
bathroom was too low to use the sink, there was no hot water, there was
not a single shelf or anywhere to put anything except the floor, no
hangers or hooks for towels and not a single electric socket except the
one for the TV where there was not enough depth to plug in the adaptor.
The room had a double bed but only one towel. A request for a second
towel put 25 peso on the bill. Breakfast was included in the room rate
but was only available between 6am and 7am and it did not include any
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