Here’s one of the tours i did this year…
Situated in the Northeast part of the Philippines, Baler is 260 km away from Las Pinas, the route we took was via Nueva Ecija towards Rizal (Day 1). Though the first day was mostly devoted to travel via flats, heat and unfine contours of the roads made the trip a challenge. Though we reached Rizal around 5pm (that’s about 180km from Las Pinas), rest was needed for the next day.
On day 2, starting at Pantambangan until Maria Aurora, several difficult climbs were encountered. Bearing similarities with the Quirino highway on the way to Bicol, the path to Baler had several steep ascents, much more difficult than Baguio. In addition, heat is definitely a factor in the progress as very few stores were available. One consolation though is that the roads are wide, well paved and very few vehicles would pass by making the climb much manageable.
Upon approaching Baler, there are several spots worthy visiting. Of course, i leave it to you to explore the place so as not to pre-empt your adventure. Overall, this ride to Baler and its sheer challenge is a class of its own, truly worth trying indeed!
The Arch is always a reward for bikers
The Iconic Baler Sign
Start of Day 2 en route to Baler
The Centuries Old Balete Tree