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Bike Ride Around The Philippines


A to Z on a GT - The Ride Of My Life II (solo & unsupported brain and brawn cycling adventure)

7,041 km (4,375 miles) over 124 days from July 26, 2009 to November 26, 2009

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Events, Tour diaries, Equipment lists, MTB, 1-3 months, 3-6 months
Locales: Asia, Philippines, City of Manila, Province of Bulacan, Province of Pampanga, Province of Bataan, Province of Zambales, Province of Pangasinan, Province of La Union, Province of Ilocos Sur, Province of Ilocos Norte, Province of Cagayan, Province of Isabela, Province of Nueva Vizcaya, Province of Nueva Ecija, Province of Rizal, Province of Laguna, Province of Batangas, Province of Mindoro Oriental, Province of Aklan, Province of Capiz, Province of Iloilo, Province of Negros Occidental, Province of Negros Oriental, Province of Cebu, Province of Bohol, Province of Leyte, Province of Southern Leyte, Province of Surigao del Sur, Province of Agusan del Sur, Province of Davao del Norte, Province of Davao del Sur, Province of South Cotabato, Province of Sultan Kudarat, Province of Maguindanao, Province of Lanao del Sur, Province of Lanao del Norte, Province of Zamboanga del Sur, Province of Basilan, Province of Zamboanga del Norte, Province of Misamis Occidental, Province of Misamis Oriental, Province of Agusan del Norte, Province of Surigao del Norte, Province of Samar, Province of Eastern Samar, Province of Northern Samar, Province of Sorsogon, Province of Albay, Province of Camarines Sur, Province of Camarines Norte, Province of Quezon, Province of Cavite
Year: 2009
Keywords: Gilbert Dizon, bike, touring, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/AtoZonaGT-2

Copyright © 2009-2014 By Gilbert Dizon - (contact)

Status: Completed Nov 2009
Last update: Saturday November 24, 2012 21:19 (US/Pacific) (edited Tue 7 Jan 2014 18:30 (US/Pacific))
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The actual journey - 'The Philippine Tri-Loop' - as it eventuated. 7,040 kilometers in 69 riding days. Watch video summary of this epic cycling adventure on YouTube: Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVCBz9b3OeU Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGFTX7chL4M


Table of Contents

Introduction: Why do it again?
2006 GT Avalanche 1.0: Intentionally 'uglyfying' the bike for the sake of comfort and safety.
Equipment: Travel light - no need to camp, cook, etc.
Route Maps: The Strong Republic Nautical Highway, etc.
Luzon: Kilometer 0
Day 1 - City of Manila to Sta. Ana, Pampanga: The journey a thousand miles begins at KM.0
Day 2 - Sta. Ana to Pilar, Bataan: Km.82 Olongapo-Gapan Road to Km.124 Layac-Balanga-Mariveles Road
Day 3 - Pilar to Olongapo City, Zambales: Km.124 Layac-Balanga-Mariveles Road to Km.120 Gapan-Olongapo Road
Day 4 - Olongapo City to Masinloc, Zambales: Km.120 Olongapo-Gapan Road to Km.233 Olongapo-Bugallon Road
Day 5 - Masinloc to Labrador, Pangasinan: Km.233 to Km.346 Olongapo-Bugallon Road
Day 6 - Labrador to Bauang, La Union: Km.346 Olongapo-Bugallon Road to Km.262 Manila North Road
Day 7 - Bauang to Candon City, Ilocos Sur: Km.262 to Km.345 Manila North Road AH26
Day 8 - Candon City to Vigan City, Ilocos Sur: Km.345 to Km.407 Manila North Road AH26
Day 9 - Vigan City to Laoag City, Ilocos Norte: Km.407 to Km.487 Manila North Road AH26
      Rest Days - Laoag City, Ilocos Norte: Hanging out with Pinakbet Bikers.
Day 10 - Laoag City to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte: Km.487 to Km.561 Manila North Road
Day 11 - Pagudpud to Pamplona, Cagayan Province: Km.561 to Km.649 Manila North Road
Day 12 - Pamplona to Aparri, Cagayan Province: Km.649 Manila North Road - Km.584 Cagayan Valley Road
Day 13 - Aparri to Tuguegarao City, Cagayan Province: Km.584 to Km.482 Cagayan Valley Road
Day 14 - Tuguegarao City to Cauayan, Isabela: Km.482 to Km.369 Cagayan Valley Road
      Rest Day - Cauayan City, Isabela: Fellowship with CAMOTRABI
Day 15 - Cauayan City to Solano, Nueva Vizcaya: Km.369 to Km.269 Cagayan Valley Road
Day 16 - Solano to San Jose City, Nueva Ecija: Km.269 to Km.159 Cagayan Valley Road
Day 17 - San Jose City to Pulilan, Bulacan: Km.159 to Km.40 Cagayan Valley Road
      Rest Days - Caloocan City, Metro Manila and Angeles City, Pampanga
Day 18 - Pulilan to Cainta, Rizal: Km.40 Cagayan Valley Road to Km.20 Manila East Road via San Jose Del Monte
Day 19 - Cainta to Los Baños, Laguna: Km.20 Manila East Road to Km.61 Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Road
Day 20 - Los Baños to Port of Batangas City (ferry) to Port of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
Day 21 - Port of Calapan City to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro: Western Nautical Highway
Visayas: Island hopping
Day 22 - Roxas (ferry) to Caticlan to Kalibo, Aklan: Western Nautical Highway
Day 23 - Kalibo to Roxas City, Capiz: Western Nautical Highway
Day 24 - Roxas City to Iloilo City, Iloilo: Western Nautical Highway
      Rest Days - Jaro to Port of Iloilo City (ferry) to Port of Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Day 25 - Bacolod City to Kabankalan, Negros Occidental: Western Nautical Highway
Day 26 - Kabankalan to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental: Western Nautical Highway
      Rest Day - Dumaguete City to Port of Sibulan (ferry) to Port of Lilo-an, Santander, Cebu
Day 27 - Port of Lilo-an, Santander to Cebu City: Western Nautical Highway
Day 28 - Cebu City (ferry) to Port of Tubigon to Tagbilaran City, Bohol
Day 29 - Tagbilaran City to Jagna, Bohol: With Panglao Island Loop
Day 30 - Jagna to Ubay, Bohol (ferry) to Hilongos, Leyte to Maasin, Southern Leyte
Day 31 - Maasin to Port of Liloan, Southern Leyte (ferry) to Port of Lipata, Surigao City
The Mindanao Loop: To ride where the brave dare not go...
Day 32 - Port of Lipata, Surigao City to Carrascal, Surigao del Sur: Km.1114 to Km.1230 Surigao - Davao Coastal Road
Day 33 - Carrascal to Tandag, Surigao del Sur: Km.1230 to Km.1300 Surigao - Davao Coastal Road
Day 34 - Tandag to Barobo, Surigao del Sur: Km.1300 to Km.1404 Surigao - Davao Coastal Road
Day 35 - Barobo to Monkayo, Compostela Valley: Km.1404 Surigao-Davao Road to Km.1395 to Eastern Nautical Highway AH26 via San Fransisco
Day 36 - Monkayo to Port of Davao City: Km.1395 to Km.1500 Eastern Nautical Highway AH26
      Rest Days - Port of Davao City: Courtesy call on biking priest, Fr. Amado Picardal.
Day 37 - Port of Davao City to Digos City, Davao Del Sur: Km.1500 to Km.1565 Asian Highway AH26
Day 38 - Digos City to General Santos City, South Cotabato: Km.1565 to Km.1652 Asian Highway AH26
Day 39 - General Santos City to Isulan, Sultan Kudarat: Km.1652 to Km.1767 Asian Highway AH26
Day 40 - Isulan to Cotabato City, Maguindanao: Km.1767 to Km.1855 Asian Highway AH26
Day 41 - Cotabato City to Malabang, Lanao Del Sur: Km.1855 to Km.1939 Narciso Ramos Highway AH26
Day 42 - Malabang to Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur: Km.1939 to Km.1666 Asian Highway AH26
      Rest Day - Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur: A short ride with PEBI riders.
Day 43 - Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay: Km.1666 to Km.1801 Asian Highway AH26
Day 44 - Ipil to Zamboanga City: Km.1801 to Km.1938 Asian Highway AH26
      Rest Day - Zamboanga City: Ferry to Port of Lamitan, Basilan Province
Day 45 - Port of Lamitan to Port of Isabela City, Basilan, (ferry) to Port of Zamboanga City: with a sidetrip to San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm
      Rest Day - Zamboanga City: Trails and uphill climbs with ZAFCO riders.
      Rest Day - Zamboanga City: Media interview and Courtesy call on Mayor Celso Lobregat
      Rest Days - Cagayan De Oro City: Drivetrain overhaul
Day 46 - Zamboanga City to Tungawan, Zamboanga Sibugay: Km.1938 to Km.1831 Asian Highway AH26
Day 47 - Tungawan to Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte: Km.1831 to Km.1919
Day 48 - Sindangan to Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte: Km.1919 to Km.1836
Day 49 - Dipolog City to Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental: Km.1836 to Km.1742 (+16km sidetrip to Dapitan)
Day 50 - Oroquieta City to Aurora, Zamboanga del Norte: Km.1742 to Km.1630
Day 51 - Aurora to Iligan City, Lanao del Norte: Km.1630 to Km.1525
Day 52 - Iligan City to Cagayan De Oro City, Misamis Oriental: Km.1525 to Km.1437
      Rest Days - Cagayan De Oro City: Media Interviews
Day 53 - Cagayan De Oro City to Gingoog City, Misamis, Oriental: Km.1437 to Km.1315 Central Nautical Highway
Day 54 - Gingoog City to Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte: Km.1315 to Km.1211 Central Nautical Highway
Day 55 - Cabadbaran to Port of Lipata, Surigao del Norte: Km.1211 to Km.1114 Eastern Nautical Highway
Back to Manila
Day 56 - Port of Lipata, (ferry) to Port of Liloan, Southern Leyte to Abuyog, Leyte: Km.1056 to Km.965 via Pacific Area
Day 57 - Abuyog to Ormoc City, Leyte: Km.965 to Km.1012 Eastern Nautical Highway
Day 58 - Ormoc City to Tacloban City, Leyte: Km.1012 to Km.908 Eastern Nautical Highway
Day 59 - Tacloban City to Balangiga, Eastern Samar: Km.908 to Km.977 via San Juanico Bridge
Day 60 - Balangiga to Borongan, Eastern Samar: Km.977 to Km.938 via Pacific Area
Day 61 - Borongan to Catbalogan City, Western Samar: Km.938 to Km.806 via Taft-Buray Junction
Day 62 - Catbalogan to Catarman, Northern Samar: Km.806 to Km.743 via Lope de Vega
      Rest Day - Catarman, Northern Samar: Hanging out with SCRAMB.
Day 63 - Catarman to Port of Allen, (ferry) to Port of Matnog to Irosin, Sorsogon: Km.743 to Km.624 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26
Day 64 - Irosin to Legazpi City, Albay: Km.624 to Km.531 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26 via Pacific Area
Day 65 - Legazpi City to Naga City, Camarines Sur: Km.531 to Km.435 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26 via Tabaco City
Day 66 - Naga City to Daet, Camarines Norte: Km.435 to Km.347 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26 via Bicol Natural Park
Day 67 - Daet to Plaridel, Quezon Province: Km.347 to Km.185 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26
Day 68 - Plaridel to Lipa City, Batangas: Km.185 Pan-Philippine Highway AH26 to Km.80 Manila South Road via Quezon Natural Park
Day 69 - Lipa City to Rizal Park, City of Manila: Km.80 Manila South Road to Km.0 via Tagaytay City
Watch videos
News Items
Looking back
Facts and Figures
Next: A to Z on a GT - The Ride of My Life, Part III


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