Day 5, Batad to Banaue to Solano to Tuguegarao
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April 14th, 2003 – by: jilltrekker
9:00 a.m. Peds and I were in hurry to make the 11 a.m. bus. We didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to the Brits who’d gone on a trek. Mang Bino said he’d accompany us up to his shop. So despite my aching thighs, I had to take the long painful trek back. We were so much faster this time, and had only a couple of stops. We passed a shop that sold finely-made bulol idols and walking canes, but I was already short of cash so I left with regret.
11:00 a.m. At the junction, we chatted with the istambys but there were no vehicles traveling the road.
11:45 a.m. Lucky for us, an ambulance passed by and gave us a lift. We stopped next to a roadside stream to fill our water bottles. It was a wonder how fresh the water was.
12:00 p.m. At Banaue, but jeepney not full yet, so we had lunch. Cheap at PhP 35 per person! We had some Pinaitan, a local dish cooked in a sour sauce that I’d never tried before.
2:00 p.m. The jeep wasn’t moving, and we knew that it wouldn’t take us all the way through to Solano, and just stop at Lagawe.
4:00 p.m. At Lagawe we changed jeeps for a Solano-bound one.
5:00 p.m. Solano finally! Where there were lots of banks. Found a BPI, but it was offline! We decided to move on, regardless. Peds had enough to pay his own fare back to Manila, and I still had enough for the trip to Tuguegarao in Cagayan, where I could find another ATM.
5:30 p.m. On the road again. An uneventful trip. Saw a lot of eucalyptus-like trees, and huts with stacks of firewood outside. It felt odd to be going back down to the lowlands.
11:00 a.m. Woke up from a fatigued sleep in Tuguegarao. Got into an argument with a pushy trike driver, until I found a friendlier one. He drove me around the sleeping town while I looked for an ATM, but again had no luck. People acted differently from the gentler Ifugaos. A couple of hotels I went to asked for money upfront. I found Pensione Roma that charged PhP 400/night. The room was small and had no TV but was relatively clean. So I finally slept.
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