East Mindanao Discovery Journey (5) – Floods in Davao

Really we had believed to invest the night time at Pulangi lake. This reservoir supplies water for about a quarter of the electricity generation of Mindanao. The reservoir serves also as a drinking water and irrigation storage. We had imagined to keep in RR Family Resort on the lake. But as we drove on the access road, substantial bass sounds thundered from a karaoke machine. We determined to continue on in direction of Davao.

26 km after Valencia we remaining the Sayre Freeway, which continues to Kabacan, North Cotabato, and followed the new Davao-Bukidnon Freeway. The complete Highway to Davao was in incredibly fantastic problem with the exception of isolated maintenance websites. From the junction, we had practically no targeted traffic until eventually the suburbs of Davao City. Maybe we crossed each and every 10 minutes a different motor vehicle. It was a authentic pleasure and we appreciated comfortable driving on this highway.

Davao-Bukidnon Highway
Soon after the Quezon place became extra hilly and the map confirmed and that very a winding street laid in advance of us.

Davao-Bukidnon Highway

Over the hills and mountains already piled massive cumulus clouds  and in the southwest a thunderstorm loomed. But we drove to the southeast. There might be some chance to escape…

Then looked at the map of the path like this:

Davao-Bukidnon Highway
Even from a distance we saw that we could assume something up there. On one of the hills we noticed a temple-like creating. After on the best it turned out to be the Overview Character and Culture Park.

Overview Nature and Culture Park

This park is definitely really worth observing. It is divided into two areas still left and proper facet of the highway. During our check out he was extremely well guarded by the military. I have counted some 40 soldiers. This time we ony frequented the lower aspect on the left – the eastern portion. On our subsequent visit we will also have a appear from the western aspect.

Overview Nature and Culture Park


Overview Nature and Culture Park

Mainly because of our incredibly quick lunch in Valencia – correct fast foodstuff – it was only 2 p.m. up listed here. The watch over the heart of Mindanao is definitely unbelievable.

I am about to patch collectively a panorama. Since I sad to say photographed without the need of a tripod, the photos nevertheless require rather a bit of customization get the job done. Thus, for the time being only two photographs.

Overview Nature and Culture Park
Looking north. At the decrease edge a single sees the excellent street.

Overview Nature and Culture Park
From the southwest, the storm front came nearer and closer.

This storm then caught us instantly after about 20km. Any person who has at any time experienced these kinds of a definitely hefty storm right here in the tropics is familiar with what has happened to us. The good thing is the road was in extremely superior affliction, normally we would have experienced to prevent and hold out.
Some Pinoys experienced no perception of appropriate velocity and so we noticed a pickup truck in a curve lying on its back . The driver had fortunately by now helpers to set the motor vehicle back again on its wheels.
Another car definitely stuck vertically in the ditch. Also there they previously experienced gotten help due to the fact I identified fresh wheel and bloodstains, which have been being washed away by the large rain.
After about 45 minutes the rain subsided and then stopped completely. Shut to Mount Sinaka we reached the border to the province Davao Town.

Davao Province
The climate was not very pleasant, so we drove instantly to Davao City. Through our quit at the Overview Park we had made the decision to continue to be at the Waterfront Lodge in Davao. We normally respect the high-quality of the Waterfront inns in Cebu City and Mactan Airport. In addition, the price / overall performance ratio is appropriate.
The hotel is found at the east conclude of the major town. But we arrived right here from the north-west. So I experienced the dubious pleasure to dig myself through the urban targeted visitors. Our navigation pill provided us with outstanding guiding services. This was unquestionably important mainly because barely within just the city a second storm front caught us – only a great deal much better this time.

Tropical rain in Davao
Exceptionally humid

Tropical rain in Davao
And it bought worse. The h2o was partly 30-40cm substantial in the streets. Quite a few motor vehicles remained with flooded engine in the center of the street. The chaos was excellent.

Tropical rain in Davao

On R. Castillo Road we experienced even to u-convert, because the h2o arrived up to us in waves. There was true doom and gloom. But our free of charge navigation app also aided us in this circumstance. We drove to start with to the northern and a little bit greater laying quarters and followed  small and smaller streets. The drinking water flooded the houses and huts.

The reception at the Waterfront Insular Resort was superb. The workers was really experienced, pleasant and pleasant. The services was great.

Davao - Waterfront Insular Hotel
If the navigator is a Pinay, then ought to not be lacking, this sort of a image.

However, the dinner at the Waterfront in Davao was the worst thing we ever have eaten in a Waterfront Lodge. Though the costs of food were being appropriate, the wine rates were being astronomical. We stayed with San Miguel beer and pizza. The pizza was insult of Italy’s amazing gastronomy.

Summary of Day 3 – Section 2:

Landscape: From Quezon to 20km hilly to mountainous, breathtaking
Attention-grabbing: landscape in normal, Overview Character and Culture Park, Philippine Eagle Centre *, Malagos Yard Vacation resort *
Street: Incredibly good condition, a couple of brief building internet sites, very minimal site visitors
Length: 178km
Driving time: 3 – 4 hrs (rain allowing)

(*) Equally are in Davao on the Davao-Bukidnon Freeway. Because of negative climate we experienced to thrust the go to to the next day.

Tomorrow we remain in Davao

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