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Venturing through the Northenmost Cordilleras Philippines

Discussion in 'Asia' started by brandorosales, Sep 5, 2014.

  1. brandorosales

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    Back in '09, I posted a query on a local motorcycle forums about the route between the Ilocos and Abra to the Kalinga and Apayao on the northernmost part of Luzon. I wasn't able to fulfill this adventure until only recently (talking about 5 years of daydreaming about this ride! lol)

    I was given a couple of days straight paid vacation. So I planned, prepped up the motorcycle and even had Telly (a friend) warm up the bike with Kaskassero with their Baler-Zambales ride. But the good thing about planning is that things always don't go as planned.

    I planned to traverse the Bangued - Pudtol road via Balbalan from my jump off point in Bangued, Abra.

    Day 1

    The plan was to take off from Cavite @ 2am 8/14/2014 - That didn't happen. Took off instead 7am :(:

    Cavite to Bangued, Abra

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    Well, since most of us here know what the Manila North Road looks like I didn't took many pictures for day 1. The ride was great all the way until I reached San Fernando La Union. Traffic was comparable to EDSA (highway within Metro Manila) rush hour traffic.

    Brunch at Hungry Hippo

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    Reached Ilocos Sur arc at about 2pm.

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    Spectacular view along Ilocos Sur - Abra Rd

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    Ilocos Sur - Abra Tunnel/ Boundery

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    Reached Bangued, Abra @ around 3pm. After looking around, the locals referred me to Lucky's Hotel and Restaurant for a value stay. It is located along Rizal St., near the town Plaza.

    Please call or text Sir Richmond Venus for reservations 09065844357

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    After eating my mer-hap (meryenda and hapunan or snack and dinner in one), what better way to call it a day than having 2 bottles of old-fashioned San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen.

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    Day 2 began with the usual early morning regimens.

    Planned route for the day:

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    When I was preparing my bike, A guy approached me and we chit chatted. As it turns out, it was Sir Richmond Venus himself, the hotel owner and also and avid off-roader. He also mentioned that he was a friend to SuperNeo and Kap Rod (rjmvirgotaurus) and Sir JunRos (local offroad boys). What a small world.

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    Again Sir Richmond, thank you for your hospitality!
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    And so I took off with some pointers from Sir Richmond.

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    The mountain pass is comparable to the Halsema HWY between Baguio and Sagada, only narrower, but still with the same twisties punch. After a couple of hours of playing with its curves, the real fun began.

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    The problem of travelling solo is that there's no one to take pictures of you but yourself! LOL

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    Reached the Balbalasang National Park, Balbalan Kalinga.

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    Views that will have your butterflies in the stomach flying again

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    Lone gas station besides the Bote-bote (1 liter bottle system) refilling stations

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    Biyaheng Tabuk

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    Spectacular sceneries are endless!

    If I were to stop and have a snapshot moment every now and then, I will not reach my destination before dusk.


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    Brgy. Balbalasang

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    These fire roads go all the way!

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  17. brandorosales

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    Simple life

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    Nice post man, looks like it was fun ride!


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    Glad you liked it, more pics to come :thumb
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    Subscribed :thumb


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