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4:45 am we woke up and hit the road by 5:30, splitting the cost of a van with a French couple to go to Segada. Along the road, every few hundred fee there was remnants of the typhoon. The Landslides were not entirely cleared and at 7:00 we reached an impasse. Two backhoes were working diligently to clear the road with cars waiting patiently waiting on either side. After an hour the road was clear again. However, our driver wanted to charge us an outrageous amount to continue, so we haggled and paid him, before jumping into a jeepney for much less.
The jeepney took us to Abatan, where we transferred to get to Sagadan. From there we crossed the river using a raft because the bridge had been destroyed by the typhoon. Finally we took another jeepney to Bontoc. We found a restaurant and I had some fried chicken and flavoured beer. Who would have thought that I would have so much fried chicken in the Philippines? We also found a cute café overlooking rice terraces where we stopped for cheese cake.
In town, I tried some Ube ice cream. Ube is a purple root vegetable that is used in many product. It is quite tasty!
We ended up staying at Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay which overlooks the rice terraces and is the only place that serves food in the area (there are no stores in the village). We met 3 other French backpackers there. We played cards in the evening.