"The sun was scorching hot, and the sky was clear that time. There was no time for rain drama; but even if it was summer, it was cold at Bessang Pass."

🏍️ We are not bad people, but we had to tell lies to pursue this adventure. 🏍️ If you're at a higher altitude, the road below may look like the Great Wall of China!

[Cervantes, Ilocos Sur Province, Ilocos Region, Philippines]
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BESSANG PASS
[CERVANTES] ► I ASKED MY BROTHER TO TAKE A PHOTO OF ME, WHILE I LAID MY BACK ON ONE OF THE ROAD SHOULDER BLOCKS. AT THE BACKGROUND WAS THE BEAUTIFUL PINE VEGETATION OF THE CERVANTES HIGHLANDS.

Oh yes... I'm from Ilocos Sur, and I have heard about the town of Cervantes several times. I always had the urge to go, but there's been no chance; besides, it's too far from the city where I live.

I have always heard that the road going to Cervantes isn't good. It's between life and death! Roads were too narrow with falling rocks from the mountain. Roads were unpaved; and a few steps away, it's KABOOOOOOOOOOM! You're falling into that cliff! If it rains, the town is literally isolated!

BESSANG PASS
/ 1 / [CERVANTES] ► MY BROTHER ALSO LAID HIS BACK ON THE CONCRETE BLOCK, EMULATING WHAT I PREVIOUSLY DID. USING A CHEAP DIGICAM I BORROWED FROM MY LATE AUNT, WE WERE ABLE TO DOCUMENT OUR FIRST TIME EXPERIENCES IN CERVANTES.
...that was before, but traveling through this road now is as smooth as silk. It is a beautiful winding road. If you're at a higher altitude, the road below may look like the Great Wall of China (as what I have seen in photos at least). You may say, "I'm at the Great Wall of Ilocos!"

The highway was not busy. Most of the time, it was only me and my brother who were traveling along this highway. This scenario may change though, who knows? Cervantes might boom later, and the road will become busy. Lucky me, I have witnessed it this way.

BESSANG PASS
/ 2 / [CERVANTES] ► I LOVE TAKING PHOTOS OF MYSELF. SOMETIMES, MY SELF PHOTOS BECOME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE VIEWS. I TOOK ALL THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MY PHOTOS TAKEN FROM EACH STOP WE MADE.
BESSANG PASS
/ 3 / [CERVANTES] ► THE FIRST TIME I SAW THIS MARKER OF CERVANTES, WHICH WAS IDENTICAL TO THE REST OF MARKERS IN ALL THE TOWNS IN ILOCOS SUR THAT YEAR (A PROJECT OF THEN GOV DV SAVELLANO), I WENT ON THE HAVE MY PHOTO TAKEN.
BESSANG PASS
/ 5 / [CERVANTES] ► IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO SEE A MOUNTAIN OF PINE TREES INSIDE MY PROVINCE.
Although ▼ BAGUIOLATEST STORIES COVERING BAGUIO
has given me this kind of sights, it felt different to see pine-clad mountains for the first time in my own province. It was something I did not expect. This was in 2010, when I was still new to this kind of traveling.

 ►  Unexpected Journey

Going to Cervantes that day was an accident. I just asked my brother to join me in a joyride. We reached Cervantes unexpectedly. We never thought we could.

We are not bad people, but we had to tell lies to pursue this adventure. We told our parents we're just going to a resort nearby, because we know they wouldn't let us traverse the highway. They said it was risky. One thing more, we're the only good looking boys-nextdoor in our village. The whole village was afraid its boys will face an accident (this is my secret, keep it between you and me, lol, enough for day dreaming).

BESSANG PASS
/ 6 / [CERVANTES] ► ME AND MY BROTHER STOPPED AT NAKAYANG VIEWDECK, WHERE WE SAW THE BEAUTIFUL VALLEY OF CERVANTES.
BESSANG PASS
/ 7 / [CERVANTES] ► MY BROTHER WAS ENJOYING THE VIEW OF BEAUTIFUL CERVANTES VALLEY FROM NAKAYANG VIEWDECK.
It was a hot day in Vigan where we came from. We just decided to go to ▼ CANDONLATEST STORIES COVERING CANDON
City, only to find ourselves already reaching the remote town of Cervantes with our scooter. That day was hot, and the sky was clear. There was no time for rain drama. But even if it was summer, it is cold in Bessang Pass.

See the images below. The ambiance was really cold. It was so romantic for lovers to hug each other while driving (Huh? That sounds crazy). This time, it was my younger brother with me whom I love; but hugging him while riding on a scooter was a suicide! BRAGGGG!

BESSANG PASS
/ 8 / [CERVANTES] ► LOOKING AT THIS PHOTO, IT REMINDS ME HOW CHILLY THIS SPOT WAS.
BESSANG PASS
/ 9 / [CERVANTES] ► WE WENT FURTHER, UNTIL WE ALREADY STARTED TO DESCEND. THE ROAD WENT ZIGZAGGING DOWN TO THE VALLEY. THE COLD BREEZE WAS REPLACED WITH HOT AIR.
BESSANG PASS
/ 10 / [CERVANTES] ► MY HONDA BEAT JUST MADE IT!
We weren't able to see the must-sees of Cervantes, because we had no tour guide. We didn't know where to go. In fact, Cervantes is so historical. It was where a battle during World War II happened.

The town has the Yamashita Cave, McArthur Tunnel, Bessang Park National Park, Gambang falls, etc which are all part of the history of the Philippines! For us however, the scene we saw along the Cervantes highway was already a must-see, and the romantic freezing breeze and ambiance of the town was a travel bonus! Into my surprise, there were pine trees! It was an awesome view. It felt like I was in Baguio minus the crowd and commerce.

POBLACIO, CERVANTES
/ 11 / [CERVANTES] ► WE SPOTTED THIS RICE FIELD IN THE VALLEY.
While on our way, there was a bike race [going up] to Bessang Pass. Bessang Pass is the highest point traversed by any highway system in Ilocos as of now. It is foggy and cold.

Cervantes is the crossing for the four provinces of Ilocos Sur, ▼ ABRALATEST STORIES COVERING ABRA
, ▼ BENGUETLATEST STORIES COVERING BENGUET
, and ▼ MOUNTAIN PROVINCELATEST STORIES COVERING MOUNTAIN PROVINCE
. Rice terraces are present in Cervantes too! | END OF STORY |

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MAP OF CERVANTES, ILOCOS SUR
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🏍️ This post was filed under the category "Motorcycle Diaries." See more posts related to this below.

🏍️ The maps I used on this post are from Wikipedia.

🏍️ All photos are mine.

🏍️ The insights, condition, and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you try or see the properties or places mentioned here. Names of places and properties may also change by time, so it's not my responsibility to update all the information on this blog because once published, I already consider it as an archive. I don't necessarily update my narratives, because I want them to become my references of what have happened in the past. I'm very particular of the dates, because I want my amazing readers to understand that I am writing stories based on my perspective and insights on the day of my visit. You can see dates almost everywhere on this blog. Exempted from this rule are my travel guide posts that need to be updated.

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