The Road to Port Barton - A highway in disrepair
Many travellers take the boat north from Sabang to either Port Barton or El Nido. I decided to go to Port Barton after extending my visa back in Puerto. However, I am a big fan of over-land travel, so off I went to Port Barton by Jeepney (see photo). The road to Port Barton was definately one of the most interesting I've ever seen. These jeepneys need to be true off-road vehicles in order to plow these roads. Parts of the road were certainly bumpy, wet and had large potholes. But at one point, the road was so poor that the driver stopped and simply could not pass.
The Always Colorful and Reliable Jeepney
We waited over an hour while one 'bus conductor' moved earth via shovel, while the other used an ax to chop away at a protruding tree stump. Once finished, the jeepney was ready for the task. But first, all passengers were instructed to exit the vehicle, in case this thing either got stuck in the mud (low route) or flipped (high route). Check out the photo... Imagine this road in the rainy season. Maybe this is the design of the hotel owners of Port Barton who want to keep the village quiet and secluded.... or maybe its just the Philippines.
Port Barton is a quiet little beach town with not too much to do. Some simply enjoy the fine beach living, others take day trips for snorkelling or diving, or you can also trek inland and find a spectacular waterfall. A few days in Port Barton were nice to cool the jets and enjoy some beachtime.
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Rene, the Headboiler, Henry (Canadian who teaches English in Taiwan) and I ventured inland and found one of the most pure waterfalls you'll ever see. Spent the day there and were entertained by the Headboiler in his Speedo. What the hell is it with the 'banana hammock' anyway? I don't think I'll ever understand what compells a man to strap a tight piece of material around his junk and parade around like he's proud of it. Don't get me wrong, I've very proud of my endowment, but it seems that even women are turned off by this gross display of a man's middles. Its just plain wrong. Sorry to go off on the tangent, but its something that's been bothering me for many years.
Not too much else to say about Port Barton other than meals at Jim and Judy's were devine and Jim always came by with a complimentary shot of Brandy after our meals. The drive back to civilization was again entertaining. We saw a black cobra in the road, which the jeepney driver tried to run-over. Then, we came to the unpassable part of the highway again. This time, the road had already claimed one victim. Again, we had to get out of the vehicle and allow the driver to make his decision. We were luckier than the truck you see in the photo and we were on our way to El Nido...