Ride. Rest. Repeat.

Iron Butt Indeed! Pt 2

As the alcohol slowly drained away and the cholesterol was assimilated into my blood stream, we found ourself waking up to a beautiful 2nd day of our trip. This was the push towards Pagudpud, the northernmost point of the island of Luzon. From Mayor Farinas, we learned that Pagudpud was a mere 80 kms away. This would be a welcome relief from the grind of yesterday.

The road to Pagudpud is as scenic as any I’ve ever seen. The sea was our constant companion all throughout. Long stretches of well paved roads greeted us as we approached one of the landmarks of Ilocos Norte, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse. Built in 1892 and taking 30 years to construct. Cape Bojeador Lighthouse is the highest lighthouse in the Philippines. We were greeted warmly by the lighthouse keeper who gave us an informal history of the area. Most notable is how this particular lighthouse has been upgraded to run on batteries charged by solar power….cool.

Up to the lighthouse
The approach to the lighthouse itself
Lighthouse View
The view from the top of the lighthouse…..really really really nice

From the lighthouse we stopped momentarily to take a few group pictures that didn’t really go well. Everyone was getting hot under all the armor we were wearing since the sun was really beating down on us by that time. It was around noon time and we were getting anxious to get to Pagudpud.

Group Pic
Tisoy with his Vespa friends in Ilocos Norte
Peekaboo
Of course Tisoy couldn’t have come here without me!

Another landmark we wanted to have a photo op in was the Ilocos Windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a way to get to them without deviating from our route. We were able to view it from a distance and I can tell you that these things were huge!!!! White towers with 3 big propeller blades that power the turbines. It was really a pity I couldn’t stop and at least get a picture of it. I’ll look out for the other guys cameras if anyone took a picture and I’ll post it here.

As we entered Pagudpud itself, the road took a dramatic change of charachter. From the mostly flat lands we were travelling on from Laoag till Bangui, we were greeted with a sudden rise in the road and a sharp right hander which signalled the start of the twisties of Pagudpud. This is truly a riders’ playground. Properly cambered roads, wide enough for two busses to pass each other without blowing each other off the road. A well paved hard shoulder for those emergency moves. Properly placed and easy to view road markers signifying what turns are coming next. These cemented Ilocos Norte, at least for us, as the best place to ride in Luzon. You really have to experience it to know what I mean. Cornering at around 80-90kph was a breeze, the sweeping turns combined with the camber of the road literally shot your bike out of each exit faster than when you entered. It was heaven. If there was any road to learn how to corner, these roads were it. The highlight of this was our entering the area of the Patapat Viaduct. This is probably the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The highway on stilts hugging the mountains one side and dipping it’s feet on the ocean on the other. You really can’t help but think how utterly beautiful our country is.

We finally arrived at our destination, Pannzian Beach Resort in Pansian, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

Pannzian
Touchdown Pagudpud

The rest of the day was a blur to me, as Tony so rightly put it, “The Night of the Living Dead” it was. A combination of fatigue, alcohol, herbal medicine and awe drove me to bed in the late afternoon and had me stay there until the next morning. It was a shame really, but who was I to complain, I was in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and I had come here on my Vespa. It’s one of those “To-do” things in my lifetime that I can now tick off as….Been There…Been That…;)

Gratuitous
My gratuitous Pagudpud tourist shot.

2 Responses to “Iron Butt Indeed! Pt 2”

  1. jbo says:

    yes,

    that it was,

    thanks for all those words and pictures,

    they do make reliving those moments much much more vivid sans herbal aids

    mmmmmmhhhh …

  2. pal says:

    yann… yann…

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