The road less traveled is less traveled for obvious reasons. Oftentimes though, taking that turn (intentionally or not) to the off-beaten path is very rewarding. The Sagnay-Tiwi road is no different. I have tried multiple times to ride this road but the conditions were never right.
Tagging with 2 other motorcycle riders, I am finally fulfilling this dream ride. It may only be 30 kms long, but the sharp curves on this coastal road would make any motorcycle rider grin from ear to ear. If Patapat in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is the French Riviera of the North, I call this the French Riviera of the South..
After our first stop to appreciate Atulayan Island, we continued on with Newbie_slow leading the way. I first met him on the road on his Suzuki Gladius 650cc when I was on my way to see Misibis on Cagraray Island. It’s expected that with something that powerful, he will be fast. Now, on a 110cc scooter he seemed even faster!
It only takes about two turns before I completely lose sight of him. Of course, he slows down when the gap is too wide. Yinyan was tailing me and was being
impatient. So, I wave for him to pass me.
I did catch up to them at the Patitinan Rest Area. This place doesn’t know what “price hike” means!
On a view deck right marked as Partido Riviera, Lagonoy Gulf comes in full view with Atulayan Island taking the spotlight once more.
One thing I have noticed that’s very prominent here are the slicks (link needs PDF). You know, the smooth surfaces on the ocean water that looks like a smooth pavement winding through mountains.
So, what is this slick? I haven’t read much about it but it is created either by oil or algae.
Our last stop is on a shrine with another breathtaking view of the gulf. The water is amazingly clear. I envy the kids playing in the water with a raft made of banana tree trunks.
We ate lunch at a turo-turo beside Tiwi church then Newbie_slow took us to DJC Halo-Halo which is a must-try on your visit here.
After a quick gas stop, we took a shortcut in Malinao going to Ligao City via Sabluyon Road. This is where we part ways with Newbie_slow.
It might have been a long trip but the day is far from over.
And finally, the pets have new owners and they are all happy… or maybe still Angry!!