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Four of us just went for a quickly planned long ride to Zamboanga Sibugay, particularly at the town of Ipil for a family visit last October 31 to November 1, 2017. It was just a two-day ride from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, with a distance of more or less 400 kilometers.

King led the group using his newly acquired Rusi Classic 250cc motorcycle, followed by Japhete and Al using Kawasaki LS 135cc motorcycle while I was with my Kawasaki Bajaj NS 200cc motorbike.

We left Isulan, Sultan Kudarat at around 6:30 am, passing by Cotabato City and stopped for breakfast in Parang, Maguindanao at around 8:30. After breakfast, we traversed Malabang and reaching the Picong Tunnel all the way to Sultan Naga Dimapuro and reached Pagadian City at around 12:30 where we had our lunch.

The 60 meters Picong Tunnel in Lanao del Sur. It’s my second time to pass through this tunnel using the same motorcycle. The last was in December 2015 during a long ride to Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.

We still had to travel for another two hours to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay. Taking time on the road and the conditions of the most road turns made our ride longer than two hours. We reached the town of Ipil at around 4pm already. After some picture taking and meeting Al’s family, we had to go back to Pagadian City and stay for a night before going back to Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. We arrived in Pagadian at around 9pm, took our supper and called it a day.

The arch at the Provincial Capitol of Zamboanga Sibugay.

 

Pagadian City experience won’t be complete and memorable without trying a ride to this type of tricycle roaming around the city. I wonder why they design their tricycles like this!

The next morning was another day for a long ride going back to our homebase. But before that, we had our city ride and visited significant places in the city. We finally left the place at around 8am and arrived in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat at around 3 in the afternoon completing the more or less 800 kilometers long ride.

Our group picture taken at the Pagadian Tower facing the seaport of Pagadian City

Do you have experiences of staying in Pagadian City and you just want to share them? Please leave comments below.

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