Averaging 500kms per day, we went through an epic journey of North Luzon from December 26 to 30 travelling a total of 1,500+ kilometers from Manila to Lal-lo, Cagayan to Laoag, Ilocos then to Batangas.
Martin likes to call it the Luzon 360! And it feels like it!
We started our trip meeting up with my dad in Petron Edsa on Dec 26 at 5am. Excited to the bones, we were readying ourselves for a 12 hour journey to my dad's hometown-- Lal-lo Cagayan.
I have never been there -- as most of my family-- so we didnt know what to expect. All we knew is that this area becomes the hottest part of the Philippines during the summer. And is the center of agriculture -- rice, vegetables, you name it.
We made our way through the North Luzon Expressway and was met by the sea of humanity as Martin puts it. Perhaps many had the same idea of going north for the holidays to the point that there was a 3km gridlock leading to the toll plaza. However, after this hurdle it's easy going along the SCTEX and TPLEX. (How I envy the expressways leading to the North, when will there be one to replace the South Road leading to Legazpi, Albay?)
We exited in La Paz, Tarlac and drove our way upwards through Isabella until finally reaching Lal-lo about 17hours after we started. (Of course we made pit stops one of which included a stop at the Carabao Institute in Munoz to buy fresh carabao's milk -- DELICIOUS!).
The convoy was met by my uncle, Tito Jun who then lead us to dinner and housing in his home shared with his wife, Tita Patsy.
The weary travellers ate their fill of kambing (goat), rice and sleep! Tomorrow the real exploring happens.
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