Baguio Via Cabanatuan & Alternatives
As mentioned in earlier trips, I get to do a lot of traveling due to my job as COO of Century Asia. We provide triple play technology (wifi, voip and iptv) to hotels all over the country. On this particular trip, we needed to visit some hotels in Tarlac, Cabanatuan and Baguio. The game plan was to proceed to Cabanatuan via NLEX exiting at Sta. Rita as traditionally done. This is the road to Tuguegarao and the Cagayan Valley on the northeastern side of Luzon. After Cabanatuan, we planned to proceed north to Guimba, Nueva Ecija cutting west and ending back on the National Highway in Paniqui, Tarlac and then on to Baguio. We would stop in Tarlac on the way back.Looking at the map, I realized that some of the roads we were going to take were not new to me as these were part of the alternative routes available while traveling between Manila and La Union or Baguio. When the traffic is light, travelers usually disregard these alternatives for fear of extending travel time. On the other hand, not much attention is given to the actual route when they are taken as travelers just tend to concentrate on locating the next signpost impatient to get back to the familiar old north road onto their ultimate destinations. With just a bit of familiarization, one will soon realize that these routes are a blessing considering that the roads are well paved although narrower, there isn’t the usual volume of lumbering trucks, slow jeeps and obnoxious tricycles, and the countryside very rural and quite scenic. They certainly bring back memories of driving on the national highway 40 or so years ago. Back in the days when packing food and drink for the trip was essential as the worthy stops were far and few in between.
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