Hey, look at the sun! It is a a bright and sunny morning in Banaue. I’m thankful for the weather because of the unpredictable rain downpour days prior to the trip. When Dominic confirmed through his contact in Batad that there’s nothing to worry about, I knew that we will have a safe journey.
For me, one of the highlights of our Banaue-Batad trip is Toploading. Instead of taking a comfortable seat inside the jeepney, most of us preferred to stay at the top of the jeepney and experience how it is like to ride the local transportation like most locals do.
I went up there and chose to seat beside Dong Ho because I am scared LOL. It’s all in the mind, really. We were seated at the back part of the jeepney the butt-numbing adventure starts!
Why butt-numbing? The metal rails which we used as our seat is just too uncomfortable to seat in LOL. I used my gray jacket as support and hoping that I can endure the ‘aray-ouch-ouch-haha’ in the whole duration of the trip.
The weather is perfect, but most of us forgot to apply sunblock. I braved staying there with the heat of the sun not anticipating that I will get darker after. It’s ok as long as I’m having fun!
The road from Banaue to Batad is one adventurous ride. It helps that my companions are fun to be with screaming and laughing all the time. Some parts of the rode are slippery (because it is muddy wet) and rocky.
Some parts are undergoing major constructions up to the point that each transportation must give way to one another to avoid accidents.
I am glad that I pushed through with the plan of trying the Topload ride as I was able to enjoy the scenery. I also saw some locals and appreciate the natural beauty of Mountain Province.
You will also see the rocky history of the landslides that appear on the news yearly. I do salute the Ifugao people as they were able to surpass these challenges. Bilib ako!
We were almost in the edge of glory… I mean edge of the cliff in some parts when the jeepney needs to overtake or give way to other vehicles. I know that what I did is risky, but I want to take videos and enjoy the trip in the best way possible. I also know that our dear leader Dong Ho will not compromise our safety.
Here’s a video that will summarize our Banaue-Batad Jeepney Topload trip. Enjoy and try to analyze if you’re willing to take the same risk. I am not pushing you to do so, ok?
Apply Sunblock Before Toploading – Remember that you will be grilled under the sun for an hour or so. If you didn’t bring one, a protection from a bandana or jacket will do.
If you think you can’t do it, you are right – Toploading is not for everybody. It is a risky activity, actually. Just stay inside the jeepney and enjoy the scenery through the window.
Use your jacket or slippers as cushion – Sitting up there can be… hard and challenging LOL
Make sure that one hand is holding to the rail – Just to ensure your safety. Mahirap na!
Have you tried Jeepney Toploading? They often mention that a trip to Banaue, Batad or Sagada is not complete unless you tried it.