Scouting Bondoc Peninsula

With my body still a bit sore from all the punishment the day before, I forced myself out of bed at 3AM of November 2. The tandem ride to Amansinaya Resort was an all-in-one package but I am not going to let Halloween go without doing a longer ride. I met Yinyan in Sta. Rosa and a few minutes past 4AM we took-off for Alaminos, Laguna where Mykll joined us. We stopped for gas in Petron Lucena City and reached Bondoc Peninsula (KM 152) by 06:30 AM.

BonPen has 12 municipalities and has mostly hilly and coastal areas

We are here to familiarize ourselves with this route as it is included in this year’s Manila-Matnog-Manila Extreme Ride Challenge. Just a few meters after the arch, the road threw a series of uphill and downhill curves which is very irresistible to a rider. How’s the rest of the road?

Pristine!! Well, at least on Philippine road standards. Anyway, yes, the road was so good i felt more confident leaning the bike a little over past my comfort zone. There were also straightaways that offered a chance to test out Dhona’s top speed. We also get to catch a  glimpse of the beach and the sea on several occasions. After Padre Burgos is Agdangan then Unisan.

Unisan Archway on one of the long stretches in the Bondoc Peninsula.

Still blessed with the same road we’ve been enjoying for the last 30 kms, we pushed on for Pitogo. We rested for a while at Petron Pitogo in KM 203.

Petron Pitogo at the corner of Unisan-Pitogo-Gumaca intersection.

After a hot cup of chocolate, we made a left to Gumaca on our way back to Laguna. At KM 197, just a few meters before Gumaca proper is a railroad crossing that’s easier to cross compared to the trio of railway tracks intersecting Maharlika Highway. Read more on the Railroad Crossings going to Bicol here.

Railroad crossing circled in red less than 1km before Gumaca proper if you’re coming from Pitogo.

North of Gumaca is Alabat Island. Knowing that I might visit the island someday, we stopped at Atimonan Port. I learned that the RORO leaves Alabat for Atimonan at 7AM and 1PM with the return trips at 10AM and 3PM. I also snapped the RORO fees (click here) including the ones for the passengers (click here).

the RORO vessel that can take you to Alabat Island in an hour.

our motorcycles at Atimonan Port

Low on gas, we stopped in Petron just before entering Quezon National Park.

the road leading to Quezon National Park

road construction in Atimonan.

stopover in Atimonan Tourist Inn

Yinyan and Mykll at Quezon National Park

Starving, we stopped by SM City Lucena for a quick brunch and another stop at SM City San Pablo for our lunch.

We took the San Pablo-Calauan-Los Banos route on our way home.

I dropped by Mernel’s Cake in Los Banos, Laguna for pasalubong.

After this 340km-ride, I strongly considered joining the M3 Challenge. That’s a separate matter but I’m glad to have explored another route. Next time, i might even make it up to the rest of the municipalities in the peninsula 😀

Here’s our tracks for this ride.

It took as 11 hours to cover this route including stopovers.

Thanks to my riding buddies Yinyan and Mykll. Congratulations to the LMC members who conquered the North Luzon Loop!

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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