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.
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 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..
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.