Philippines, Luzon loop, from ~4th Feb

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by osbane, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. osbane

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    Yo,

    Planning a short 5-6 day loop starting at Angeles City (rental, likely XR200), relatively flexible as to route (dates are fixed however).

    Attached what I have in mind. Total of ~800 Km or so, i.e. nice easy pace, enough time to enjoy the scenery, mountains and terraces. About ~1/3 on roads which are expected to be in no-so-great shape (hopefully, not too much rain, so not too much mud).

    Going through Banguio, Kabayan, Atok, Tinoc, Hungduan, Banaue, Bonoc, Sagada, Abatan, Cervantes, San Fernando, Bugallon, and back to Angeles.

    Drop me a line if interested.

    Cheers

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  2. pakawala

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    I've traveled your proposed route and other routes in those areas. You may want to bypass Atok & plan your route Baguio to Tinoc. Your entire route will likely be mud free, all good road.

    Your average speed will be 35kmh. Suggest you depart NLT 6am each day & plan your ride to end NLT 4pm. That allows for approx. 6 hours of actual riding & 2 hours of stops during daylight hours (allows for approx. 210km each day to fit into your 5 or 6 day trip).

    It can get very cold and sometimes rain in those mountains so either bring rain gear or cheap plastic rain gear, gloves and a warm jacket preferably Gore-Tex type water resistant. Great if you have a hand held GPS like a Garmin E-Trex.

    Be cautious of the roads when you start seeing trucks hauling chicken dung from Chicken farms to farmers in the mountains. Some dung falls to the road and it can be slippery in the early mornings or when it rains.

    You may get additional interest in your ride posting it here as well. https://www.motorcyclephilippines.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?4-Rides-and-Touring

    I think I know who you may be renting from in Angeles City. He has CRF250's now. I haven't seen XR's lately.
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  3. osbane

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    Thanks for solid advice. I imagine you mean the attached route (in Green).

    As for bike, seems like Google comes up with only one place to rent bikes in Angeles...

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  4. pakawala

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    You could do this route which is highly traveled. Problem is you would have to back track to see the Banaue Rice Terraces.
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bag...aa2af22d2ba525d!2m2!1d120.907304!2d17.0981353

    Or the more adventurous route. No Mud.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bag...f22d2ba525d!2m2!1d120.907304!2d17.0981353!3e0

    Both routes are very scenic. I typically use Google maps, then zoom in on the roads using satellite street view to get an idea of the road conditions. You can see the road conditions of both routes using street view for both routes.
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  5. osbane

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    Thanks! Very helpful indeed.

    I typically use Garmin BaseCamp (as I use a Garmin device on my trips) loaded with relevant OpenStreeMap (which I get from http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/); BaseCamp has a feature to view the route (or just the currently zoomed-on section of the map) in Google Earth, which I guess is based on same database as Google Maps...
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  6. pakawala

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    Too bad your ride is not the following week. I just got notified a group will ride up from Manila and meet in Baguio on Feb 15 or 16 and do a Chinese New Year weekend ride to Sagada, Bessang Pass (Cervantes) then down the coast to San Fernando, La Union and beyond.
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