The northern most part of the Philippines is one of the best places to ride a bike. It has wonderful sites- both historical and natural, good road conditions, little traffic and pleasant atmosphere and environment. Doing a Manila to Pagudpud is one big challenge (which I haven’t done yet- only a Manila to Vigan; though a few of my friends has already done that leg). This one is about riding the northern part only and not the long ride from Manila. Since long road trip vacations to Pagudpud have become a popular activity during long vacations- an avid cyclist is advised to bring their bicycle during this trip due to the vast possibilities for adventure. Here are options you can consider with the trip:
- Vigan Environs
- Vigan to Laoag and/or Laoag to Pagudpud
- Laoag Environ (Try the Sand Dunes)
- Pagudpud Environs
- Pagudpud to Patapat Viaduct
- Pagudpud to Adams Ilocos Norte
Here is a map to help you explore the place:
The best place to make as your home base for exploration is Pagudpud itself. Maybe after the road trip from Manila to Vigan, you can already ride your bike from Vigan to Pagudpud. Maybe spend a day in Vigan then a day in Laoag then to Pagudpud. If you have limited time, the best would still be to ride the Pagudpud environs and explore Kapurpurawan (White Rocks), some waterfalls within the vicinity, Bangui windmills, Cape Bojeador and Patapat Viaduct. You will need a whole day to explore Adams and other destinations near the place like the Blue Lagoon or the Sting Ray Memorial.
Here is a person you can contact while Pagudpud to further get information on trails you can ride within Pagudpud- Mike (better yet, stay in their facility for more convenience and better info sharing time- Kapuluan Vista Resort – www.kapuluanbeachresort.com).
This is one exploration we did during the long Christmas break of 2012. With me are Buboy Serapio, Yebah Manalo, Beth Policarpio, Tintin Henson, Louie Serapio, Lia, Nina and Gab.