Riding Angry (Part 2 of 2): The Coastal Road of Sagnay

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.

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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!

He's leaving me in the dust..

He’s leaving me in the dust..

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.

patient or impatient? :p When I let him loose, the two of them go at it..

patient or impatient? :p When I let him loose, the two of them go at it..

"OK guys, see you in two hours when I manage to catch up!"

“OK guys, see you in two hours when I manage to catch up!”

I did catch up to them at the Patitinan Rest Area. This place doesn’t know what “price hike” means!

A nice place to cool down..

A nice place to cool down..

Etched in concrete!! I guess  the logic here is that it would cost more to replace the sign than the profit they would actually gain for an increase on the rates.

Etched in concrete!! I guess the logic here is that it would cost more to replace the sign than the profit they would actually gain for an increase on the rates.

On a view deck right marked as Partido Riviera, Lagonoy Gulf comes in full view with Atulayan Island taking the spotlight once more.

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Lagonoy Gulf with Atulayan Island and Cabramoan Peninsula in the background.

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Atulayan Island and the coastal road of Tiwi - Sagnay

Atulayan Island and the coastal road of Tiwi – Sagnay

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.

What do you make of that pattern on the bottom right photo?

What do you make of that pattern on the bottom right photo?

So, what is this slick? I haven’t read much about it but it is created either by oil or algae.

We got back on the saddle and enjoyed the last few kilometers.

We got back on the saddle and enjoyed the last few kilometers.

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.

Pay your respects then enjoy the view waiting on the other side.

Pay your respects then enjoy the view waiting on the other side.

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Hey kids, you have an awesome childhood!!

Hey kids, you have an awesome childhood!!

Butt nekkid!!

Butt nekkid!!

It's hard to tell the depth because the water is crystal clear.

It’s hard to tell the depth because the water is crystal clear.

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.

where it all started..

where it all started..

The number of customers says it all.

The number of customers says it all.

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.

Thank you so much for showing us around.

Thank you so much for showing us around.

Touchdown in Ligao City.

Touchdown in Ligao City.

Our route for this trip

Our route for this trip

It might have been  a long trip but the day is far from over.

What's a few laps in the yard compared to 500 kms, right?

What’s a few laps in the yard compared to 500 kms, right?

more playtime!!!

more playtime!!!

And finally, the pets have new owners and they are all happy… or maybe still Angry!!

SQUAAWWWKK!!

SQUAAWWWKK!!

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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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2 Responses to Riding Angry (Part 2 of 2): The Coastal Road of Sagnay

  1. How can anyone say no to a jump in the ocean. I think I would be wet all the time if I lived over there.

    • The lure of the ocean is really hard to resist. So beautiful yet so deadly during a typhoon as you might have recently heard from the news. The higher the risk, the greater the reward. That’s why we travel on two wheels, right?

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