Benguet, a province located in the southern tip of Cordillera Administrative Region is one of the many routes that are admired by bike-packers because of its fascinating mountain range, the cold weather and the famous Halsema Highway. It was a perfect route for our long weekend spontaneous bike trip.
Avoiding the long stretch of Tarlac, we took a bus ride from Cubao and decided to start biking from Sison, Pangasinan. Climbing through Camp 1 up to the Lion’s Head with complete gas was almost a piece of cake and it made us enjoy the Kennon scenery. It also helped us save some energy to finish the last stretch of the gut-wrenching eight kilometers to Baguio City proper, also known as the “Killer 8”. We touched down before sunset and decided to cap the night off with a good home-cooked dinner and some booze.
Unsure of our riding status the next day, we decided to rest our body for the whole day and took a little trip around the city on the afternoon.
Fast forward to our third day, we sailed off before sunrise so we can go back before dark and not miss our bus trip back to Manila. Entering La Trinidad going to Halsema Highway up to Atok where the Highest Point is located, was a love-hate relationship for us. We were loving every bit of the view, the cold weather and passing through Halsema Highway was a thing of beauty. While on the other hand, we were welcomed by a lot of heavy, steep climbs and random dogs that kept on chasing us.
After reaching the Highest Point around 1:30pm, we just took some souvenir shots and decided to go back to Baguio and made it back by 6pm. We made the bus trip in time and we’re already back in Manila at around midnight. It was one hell of a spontaneous bike trip for the three of us and we’re so stoked to share it to all of you.