The day after our epic motorbiking journey in Moalboal, Cebu we headed to the island of Negros. After 2 hours on the bus, 40 minutes on the ferry, 1 hour on a jeepney we made it to Dumaguete. The city was rugged to say the least.
We found a room and headed out to rent motorbikes for 6 dollars each(for 24 hours) to explore the sights around the island. Kris left his massacred Ontario health card as collateral at the motorbike shop(!!!) and we were on our way. I honestly have no idea how motorbike rental shops actually make money. Our first stop was Twin Lakes because Jonathan said it would be cool and we trusted him.
Recently a typhoon went through the area which was followed by an earthquake. We were told that the road was washed out. Our crowd does not go well with warnings so we continued on the “very dangerous” road. Also, the previous day was my first on a motorbike but, in my mind, that helped me be ready for anything including single track routes, deep ruts with puddles and steep drop-offs on the sides. The road leading to Twin Lakes park had all of those. It was patchy, muddy, and washed out in a couple of parts. I was the only one who didn’t have a pseudo-dirt bike but rather a city scooter with smooth tires. I called it a motorized wheelchair and it definitely fit the part.
After an hour of motorbiking up steep muddy roads we arrived at Twin Lakes only to find out that it was washed out as well. Everything was pretty much flooded and underwater, including many picnic tables and paths, so we had to canoe across the lake and enjoyed epic log battles.
It was then time to head back but before we got out of the Twin Lakes a park employee fed us jack fruit by the lake. His family was laughing at us the whole time we were eating it. I don’t think we were eating it properly as I cannot explain another reason for their incessant giggling every time Jonathan tore apart a bulb of the fruit. Because of the natural conundrums that happened the month before there was nobody else at the park. We had the whole place to ourselves and it was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. Lesson learned here is to continue traveling to places with travel advisories.