Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Motoring in the country

Out in the countryside of the Philippines, life is a bit more simple than in the big city of Manila.  Things aren't as crazy and there's alot less cars.  Where the main of transportation is the iconic tricycle.

This time the main mode of transporation will be a Hyundai Starex van.  A nicely sized mini van for the 6  hour trip.  It's diesel powered so it's pretty slow but we won't be doing crazy driving anyways.

Getting out of manila was ridiculous due to the high amount of traffic. I it took us two hour just leave the city. If it wasn't for the traffic, the trip time would be been 4 hours.  But once we got past the tollway it was smooth sailing.

That was until I discovered how awesome the country roads are.  It's so good that even the bus drivers are pushing the limit. 

They are also dangerous, passed by a couple of accidents on this trip.  Just a couple of minor fender benders

Lunch on a banana leaf.  Can't get any more country than this.

Which way to the home of the ancestors.

Various modes of transportation.

Two of my favorite things, intercooler and turbo.  If they sold the Ford Everest in the states, would it catch on?

Nissan Patrol a favortite for middle east sand drags.

Mitsubishi Adventure never heard of it.

The streets of Labo.

The local fire department.  Anything larger will have a hard time maneuvering through the narrow streets of town.

I notice all cargo trucks, whether it be in the city or the country are like this.  Haven't seen the tractor trailer type that i'm used to in the states.  I grabbed the picture cause I thought it read Toonami until I saw the picture.

Just like in Mexico, it's common for passengers to ride in the bed of the truck.

Motorcycles and scooters are another favorite mode of transportation down here.  The most common size engine is 125cc.  Because of it's small size they can maneuver in and out of traffic with ease.  Larger sizes are rare and usually found in cities like manila.  But they are  expensive and not as practical.    Since it's used more for basic and transportation and not pleasuring riding like we see in the states, it makes sense just to get something cheap and simple.

Helmets are optional here.  Here 's a chap who's concerned for his safety.

Rush hour traffic in down town Daet. Good luck trying to get around all this traffic.

Many of the tricycles seen anywhere in the Philippines, are usually beat down dailies.  This is one of the few (I seen less than 5) that is superbly clean.  It's even got tinted windows for privacy.  Definitely stands out in the sea regular tricycles.

Time to head back to manila.  Some touristy shots on the way back.

The last day in the Philippines.  It was raining, humidity was high, and our flight was delayed.  Even with all that I had a great many experiences and met alot of relatives i've seen only in picutres.  Thanks for making it an enjoyable stay and hope to visit again soon.

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