After someone has ridden a motorcycle 500 kms to Bicol, there’s little reason not to ride 150 kms more to the southern tip of Luzon. It’s one of the more common item in an adventure rider’s bucket list after all. Yinyan wanted to do it and my job is to make sure he enjoys the trip.
I’m his tour guide and you’re welcome to tag along…
We left Ligao City at 07:30 in the morning. The road was good and the weather was even better.
Sixty kilometers later we were in Sorsogon. Sorsogon is a province of the Bicol Region and is at the southernmost tip of Luzon Island. The name is from the Bikol word “sosogon” which means “follow a path or a route”.
A short distance away from the welcome arch is a rest area known as Pepita Park. Sorsogon Bay comes into full view with a bonus of a cool sea breeze.
We refueled in Sorsogon City proper. The streets were busy but traffic was manageable. There’s a (longer) diversion road for an alternate route.
The last time I was in this part of Sorsogon (Feb 2011), Bulusan Volcano was spewing ash and I tried going around it. Ironically, the route I thought was safer was actually very rough and it even brought me just a few kilometers from the angry volcano.
During that trip I accidentally stumbled upon Mt Bulusan National Park. Surprisingly, they let me in even if the volcano was active. Since that visit I have heard more news about improvements to this tourist spot so we are doing another visit.
All these fun new activities are good of course but for those who wants to get closer to nature, I would suggest doing the trek around the lake or even the more advanced climb to Lake Aguinay a little higher up the volcano. A hike to the crater is even possible.
Obviously, we couldn’t do the trek so I tuned out of the noisy kids running around and I tried to remember the lake like the last time I saw it – a body of water with trees around it and a beautiful mountain rising in the background. I was lucky enough to find old school subjects nearby.
Where to next?!?