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SLEx to NLEx
Part 1 of the Libotero Baguio-Banaue Roadtrip series
After six long years, we were finally going to visit Baguio City again! A night before our trip, I had a hard time going to sleep as I was too excited. Also, I really made sure that I won’t leave behind anything that would be essential to our trip.
And the day has come, we will be seeing Baguio City once more. We were supposed to wake up at 5 in the morning but I went ahead and got up at 4. We ate a light breakfast of bread and a chocolate drink.
At EXACTLY 5:30 in the morning, we left our home in Laguna and immediately hit the roads.
By 5:33am, we were already at the area of the Susana Heights Interchange of the South Luzon Expressway.
LIBOTERO TIP: When planning a roadtrip, consider leaving early to avoid rush hour traffic.
By 6:05am, we were already at the Walter Mart Munoz Area in North EDSA, Quezon City. Wow, it only took us 30 minutes to travel from Laguna to Quezon City. On normal hours, it would take you at least 1-2 hours. Travelling early indeed helps curb down your time on the road.
6:11am. By this time, we were already at the mouth of the North Luzon Expressway, the Balintawak Interchange.
6:33am. We were already halfway through Bulacan. The North Luzon Expressway rocks! It is the best road system in the country in my opinion.
The plains of Central Luzon
By 6:40am, we were already by the San Simon Exit of the North Luzon Expressway. The heavy early morning fog, as seen in the above photos, caused almost zero visibility and made navigating quite tough. We hoped that it wasn’t an indication of bad weather in Baguio City.
If you can’t appreciate the simplest things in life, you’ll be quite bored as you pass through the North Luzon Expressway as you’ll only see the road, vehicles, trees, and seemingly endless rice fields. The younger ones would rather sleep or play with their toys.
6:49am. Approaching Mexico, Pampanga, Philippines, not Mexico, North America.
By 7:00am, we were already at the newest tollway system in the country, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway.
(…to be continued)