10 Wheeler Truck Mindanao Road Trip: Day 1

Driving your car or riding a bus would be your typical mode of transportation when moving about in Mindanao. However, I was lucky enough to experience a unique (and more adventurous) way of traveling in the southern region of the country. The title says it all, It's my 10 Wheeler Truck Mindanao Road Trip.
The 10-wheeler truck that would bring me around three provinces in northern Mindanao
I got the privilege of riding a 10 wheeler truck for the first time during my latest visit to Mindanao during my summer vacation. It was my wife who suggested that I should try to write about something unique. She told me to join my father-in-law on one of his trips. I found the idea very tempting because I know that very blogger experienced this kind of adventure and aside from that I was also eager to know the "how to" in the logging business in Mindanao.

The Backpack Adventure goes trucker mode
This is where I'll be for the next two days.

Check out our load
Wheels needed to be cooled. Check out the smoke!
The old Milestone... 77 kilometers to Butuan City
The trip was scheduled in the afternoon because the wood to be delivered was going to be  loaded to the truck sometime in the morning. I spent the day planning about the trip and talking to my wife. (She experienced the trip way back, so I asked about how she felt.) I also prayed that the weather conditions would be favorable for us because it was cloudy the whole day. Luckily my prayers were heard and my 3-day, 266 kilometer Prosperidad-Cagayan De Oro  trip on a 10 wheeler truck pushed through.
Lunch time in Bayugan City
We left Prosperidad, Agusan Del Sur at around 5:30 in the afternoon. My brother-in-law decided to join us. He served as my translator and my Wikipedia during the whole travel. (He knows a lot about Mindanao and trucks plus he could talk using the Visayan dialect.)
A truck weighing device in Butuan City
One of our coffee break along the road
We stopped at Bayugan City, Agusan Del Sur for dinner at around 7:00PM. we had several more stop overs along the way due to Police check points and coffee breaks.
Lights out for me
and kuya JP
Our last stop for the day was in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental. My father-in-law decided to call it a night after 9 hours of driving, so we pulled over near a police check point and we set up our "military type" hammock. My brother-in-law and I were the ones who slept in it. Lucky for us those hammocks have built in mosquito nets and the huge truck and its cargo protects us from the dust coming from other passing trucks.

That pretty much ends day 1 of our three day adventure.

Watch out for 10 Wheeler Truck Mindanao Adventure: Day 2 and 3.

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  1. That seems so awsome trip u had friend Neil..hmn..and lunch looks so dilicious..hahaha

    1. Hahaha that's true Raavi! At first I thought I was going to eat frogs but when I found out it was chicken whoa boy I shouted for joy!


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