Bacolod Cycle Tour, Part 2
Continuing our Bacolod Cycle Tour… After our brief visit to the Church of the Angry Christ we now set our sights on reaching our next destination, the Silay City Heritage Zone.
After a quick stop for refreshments at the bus stop, we pedaled on a quick pace so as not to waste time, but that did not stop us from enjoying the scenery. Fresh air, sugarcane fields on both sides of the road, huge trees in the road island, plus the perfect cycling weather combined to make it a wonderful day!
After cycling for around 20-kilometers, we arrived at Silay City. After a quick break for pictures at the city hall, we headed to Balay Negrense for, what else, pictures! We didn’t go inside because the weather was turning worse, it started drizzling so we decided to move on, but then turned clear again so we visited more places at the Heritage Zone.
We still had two more areas to visit in our itinerary, so we moved on and cycled our way to Talisay City. It was not exactly part of the trip, but since we were already there we decided to visit their City Hall to take some pictures. It was there that we confirmed from the guard that we could reach The Ruins via the airport access road, it was closer and had almost non-existent traffic on mostly 4-lane concrete roads.
At this point it was already early in the afternoon and we still didn’t have lunch, but since we didn’t really feel hungry and the weather still looking like it’d pour any minute we wasted no time and pushed on for The Ruins. We took advantage of the empty road to really “Own The Road”, with us taking ALL the lanes and have our picture taken. 🙂
It was nearly dusk when we arrived at The Ruins, and we were quite lucky that there were only a few people around that it seems like we had the place all to ourselves. And hey, they let us take our bikes in too! Since we had some time before the famous tour guide, Roger, would be available, we had time to try the sugarcane juice (quite a refreshing treat!) and for a lot more pictures!
We were then given a tour of the place, sharing its origin and history and various tidbits of information. Roger is an engaging guide, quite good at his spiel and make everything seem so effortless. I also found that he was there when The Ruins was not yet well known, when it was just the ruins and no other structure around, and he was probably there as well when I first visited the place 5 years ago.
With the tour done, John ordered a pizza since we realized that we have not had a proper meal since breakfast so while it was cooking we took more pictures and relaxed. After the pizza was consumed, we took some time to settle down and then packed up. It was dark when we went out, we took the shortest way but had to turn back because it was dark and not yet paved. We went back and took the access road again, though a bit farther, was open and well lighted.
We arrived at Bacolod a little past 7 in the evening, so for dinner we headed straight for Manokan Country to have the famous chicken inasal. Ivy met up with us for dinner, and then ordered the chicken and a lot of rice, we were so hungry then! We were quite loud while waiting for our order, but when the food came all you could hear was the sound of people eating, not a word came out except for an order of extra rice!
With our hunger sated, we had some time to relax before making the short trip back to our hotel. After letting Ivy take the jeep back, we made a slight detour to take a picture of the cathedral before moving on back to the hotel. Soon after checking in, and getting our stuff in order, we went to bed for some much needed rest in preparation for our trip back to Iloilo the following day.
And so ends our second day of the tour, and looking forward to the next leg of our journey.
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