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Philippines adventures – Pico de Loro Cove

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Nearly at Pico de Loro

I finally arrived in Pico de Loro, Philippines, late Friday.  Pico de Loro lies on the Hamilo coast , about 120km South West of Manila central.  It took about 3hrs to drive here from where we were staying just south of Manila, warmly hosted by Ani de Leon- Brown, in San Jose Village, Binan Laguna.

Manila abounds in crazy super-modified vehicles called “Jeepneys”

Stu is with me and we are yet to explore the actual Cove, but we had a little tour around the resort Friday night courtesy of the General Manager, Len.  Here’s a link to the resort http://picodeloroclub.com. We are actually staying about 4km away from the resort, up over a big hill with 14% grade (should get fit riding that every day) in the managers’ residence.

Farmland en-route to Pico de Loro

Today is my 7th day post-Singapore 70.3, with a very bad tummy bug.  I thought I was clear three days ago but the bug came back in full force Friday.  What would have been a really scenic and interesting drive to Pico de Loro, up and over some mountains in extremely hairy traffic, was very uncomfortable.

Mad traffic jam of motorcycle tricycles outside wet markets in Nasugbu, Batangas, around 20kms north of Pico de Loro

Stu is currently out finding some medication for my tummy, about 20km away in the nearest village on the other side of some mountains, and I am catching up on what I have been doing in the last couple of months. Stay tuned for belated updates on

.            Singapore 70.3 (pre and post) on March 18

.            teamTBB camp in Mooloolaba Queensland February 20 to March 11

.            Darwin Aquathlon Champs February 5. It has been a very busy several months!

Pico de Loro Resort - Hamilo Coast