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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Low on gas, we stopped in Petron just before entering 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.
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.
Thanks to my riding buddies Yinyan and Mykll. Congratulations to the LMC members who conquered the North Luzon Loop!