Safe motorcycle riding is more fun in the Philippines
This is Marcos Highway / Marikina-Infanta road. I’d like to share my experiences traversing this road as of March 2012. A scenic drive, it offers spectacular views of the Sierra Madre Mountain range as well as the Laguna Bay. Why the name Marikina-Infanta road on most maps? simple, the road begins at Marikina City, Metro Manila and ends at the municipality of Infanta, Quezon province. It’s just one road all the way.
The road is now approximately 97 percent complete, thanks to DPWH. The entire stretch from Marikina to Quezon is passable but I hope it would be 100 percent complete so that the entire route can be utilized to its full potential.
I used EveryTrail GPS to track my journey. I forgot to turn it on, good thing I noticed it when I was still at the area of Robinson’s Metro East, Pasig. For map details, please visit my EveryTrail page at:
I’ll share more details on the latter part (countryside) of the highway which is past Barangay San Jose in Antipolo Rizal.
This is the bridge after the Cogeo area at Marcos Highway, Antipolo Rizal. I think most motorists would agree with me that there are lots of obstructions (traffic, road problems) up to this part of the highway. There are less obstructions starting from this bridge, justa few small town areas.
uphill to Baras, Rizal. Saw several bicycle riders.
Garden Cottages Nature Park and Residential Estate, Marcos Highway, Baras, Rizal.
Can’t help but be amazed of the views.
Zigzag roads, Tanay Rizal Area, along kilometer 50 post.
Look at those trees…
Sierra Madre Mountain Resort, Marcos Highway, Tanay Rizal.
Pranjetto Hills Hotel and Resort, Tanay Rizal
Road straight (double yellow line) leads to Tanay Adventure Camp and University of Rizal Main Campus. Road to right (Marcos Highway; double orange line) leads to Sampaloc Town Proper. There are two gasoline stations at Sampaloc, Tanay: Flying V and Shell. These are the last gasoline stations en route to Infanta. There’s no gas station for the next 80 kilometers.
1st road obstruction that I’ve encountered, at Barangay Jose Laurel, Santa Maria, Laguna. The right side of the road collapsed on the ravine below and less than one-half of the original paved road is passable. Motorcycles can pass at the left side. Trucks won’t fit. The sight of the ravine is somewhat acrophobic as shown in the picture below.
2nd road obstruction, still at Santa Maria, Laguna, one lane of paved road is passable.
3rd road obstruction, the 1st unpaved, off-road portion. Looks easy on the picture but it was challenging on the actual scale, especially if you have a bike designed for paved roads. Based on my odometer, this first unpaved portion is approximately 400 meters long.
The road is paved again after 200 meters of rough road, and it’s much better.
Kilometer 100 post, at Real, Quezon. There’s a restaurant near this area.
More mountain views, Rizal province is now at the farthest part of the photo.
More roads up
on the way to the Summit. The place looks similar to Baguio and the climate is very cold.
one of the views at the Summit, elevation 762 meters or 2,500 feet above sea level. No cellular phone signal. I was just running at around 40 kph because of the strong winds.
start of the descent. Check brakes, the roads are really steep.
I got dizzy on this downward portion. The cars were going up at around 10 kph because of the road gradient of approx. 40 degrees.
a piece of advice, never ignore the road signs, watch out for falling rocks. There are signs on critical parts of the road, specifying if the approach is ascending, descending, sharp curve, etc.
All of the bridges are now complete.
4th road obstruction, 2nd unpaved road portion with a length of approximately 450 meters.
When you see “Agos” River with the blue water as shown in the picture, it means that you’re already near Infanta, Quezon.
Barangay Magsaysay, Marcos Highway, Infanta, Quezon. The 1st barangay after the countryside.
At last, the edge of Marcos Highway, Marikina – Infanta Road. 120 kilometers from SM City Marikina (140 from Rizal Park, Manila) The Infanta town marker can be seen on the photo’s background. The road straight ahead is the Siniloan-Famy-Real-Infanta road, leading to General Luna Street on the Infanta town proper.
Infanta Fish Port
Petron Gasoline Station at Dinahican, Infanta, Quezon. There are five gasoline stations in Infanta. Three Petron gas stations, one Caltex at the town proper, and one Flying V. (The Shell gas station was closed)
I took a rest. I went to Cote d’ Azur beach resort near the fish port.
On my way back to Manila, I decided to try the Siniloan-Famy-Real-Infanta road and I regret it somehow. It’s the road on the left, with the tricycles passing by. The road on the right is Marcos Highway where I came from. The portion at Real Quezon is okay, but when the ascending part begins, the road starts becoming terrible. There were so many potholes and the like along the way. Some parts of the road were being rehabilitated, one lane passable, and it was really muddy.
It took me three hours one way. I was running at about 40 kph on some portions because of the strong winds and slippery road surfaces. I recommend bringing along a raincoat because it keeps on raining on some of the mountainous portions. Also, tire grip is very important. It is not advisable to traverse these roads if a bike has worn out tires. Motorcycling and sight-seeing is indeed more fun in the Philippines.