From Butuan Airport, we took the 4-hour van ride to Mangagoy, Bislig, where we immediately found ourselves a habal-habal driver, Kuya Don Don. We ate at Ocean View Park for lunch and had a short trip to a doll museum next to the restaurant. By the time we finished, the rain was pouring and I began to get worried if we can still make it to the falls with a weather like this, on a motorbike, with our backpacks.
“Kaya po yan ma’am, sir!” said Kuya Don Don who also pointed at his motorbike which surprisingly has a roof! Seeing the roof on the motorbike triggered wide smiles on our faces. We went off to see the beautiful Tinuy-An Falls.
It was an hour habal-habal ride to get from the town to the falls. And the entire ride was everything except smooth. The rough road had my butt go up and down the entire ride and I was holding on very tightly to the metal frame of the motorbike. It was definitely an adventure, and yes it was fun, and every now and then my heart seemed to be on a seesaw of exhilaration and dread.
After all, Tinuy-An Falls proved to be worthy of that butt-numbing ride.