Half the year has come and gone, and I have yet to update my blog. So to start things off, we’ll take you on the first part of the Davao Da-folding Society’s multi-day, multi-city cycle tour of Iloilo and Bacolod City last January 2014.
We’ve been planning a cycle tour of Iloilo ever since one of our members went on a solo trip to Iloilo and visited Gigantes Island, we were so excited to see the island that we immediately planned our trip itinerary. And when Cebu Pacific announced a Piso Fare Sale, we hurriedly booked our tickets knowing that seats get sold out quick.
Once that’s done, we were discussing how best to maximize our trip including a side-trip to Gigantes. However, mother nature had some things to say. Yolanda (Haiyan) came in and washed away our carefully laid plans, prompting us to schedule a side trip to Bacolod City instead. Once the details were ironed out, we were all set.
Day 1 Part 1: Departure Day
Heading in to the first day it was predicted to be a wet, rainy weekend, but we were not going to let a little rain get in the way of our trip (as if rain stopped us before). We departed from Davao City on a bright sunny day, and arrived at Iloilo City uneventfully on a gloomy, rainy day.
As soon as we arrived at Iloilo International Airport we unfolded the bikes and took a couple of pictures, and since one of our friends was due to arrive from Manila an hour later, we decided to have breakfast and wait for her arrival. We went out of the airport to a light rain, not too strong to thoroughly drench us, but made the short ride to the food house a bit chilly.
After breakfast, John went back to the airport to fetch Bernice and when they returned, we proceeded to cycle to the city to check-in at our hotel. After a slight hitch on one bike (low tire pressure), we cycled on mostly flat roads on a beautiful cycling weather all throughout. After a little over an hour we reached our hotel, checked our things in, and freshened up.
The Original Biscocho House, a bakeshop and a hotel in one, is a certified bike-friendly establishment; they allowed us to park our bikes in their function room for the night, allowing us to move freely inside our room. The room we had was big enough to hold 7 people on 3 double-deck beds and one extra bed, with each of us paying less than Php150 for the night! The staff were friendly and accommodating, a definite plus! Do check them out when you visit Iloilo City!
Up next: Part 2 of the Iloilo Revisited Tour, The City Tour and Night Ride