The Little Eme Road of Los Banos

Quezon National Park in Atimonan is home to the (in)famous Eme Road or officially known as The Old ZigZag Road. Eme Road is said to be derived from the Spanish name of the letter M (pronounced as EY-may) that resembles the shape of the road. I think Ampersand (&) would be more fitting. The road has tight, slippery and steep curves that makes it a dangerous but exhilarating experience.

a portion of the Eme Road in Quezon National Park

a portion of the Eme Road in Quezon National Park.

I know some motorists who opted to use the longer and rougher New Diversion Road used by trucks and buses because of concerns that their cars won’t be able to handle the steep ascent. If you want to get a feel how to handle such road conditions, you can try a much shorter but equally-steep and equally-tight uphill and downhill curves by going up a trail in Mt Makiling.

You know my story last week when I went up this trail via University of the Philippines Los Banos and how incomplete that ride was. This time, I’m taking the backdoor.

the backdoor route I used is the one highlighted in ORANGE. That's about 3kms

the backdoor route I used is the one highlighted in ORANGE. I have yet to try the red and green routes.

The backdoor route is via the Philippine Council for Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCCARD) road that starts with a steady ascent on the asphalted road with lush vegetation on both sides. Then after just about 1.5 kilometers, things start to get very steep..


and very tight..


entering Jamboree Road

entering Jamboree Road

A Scout Sign Monument near the Camping Grounds

A Scout Sign Monument near the Camping Grounds.

10th World Jamboree Totem Pole

10th World Jamboree Totem Pole.

I attempted to get to National Arts Center once again but was denied entry because it is only open until 4AM. I guess I would have to come back for a 3rd attempt. For now, I’m contended with the thrill brought by the Little Eme Road of Los Banos.

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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