What started out as a joke, molded into a full blown reality. Ronald, my friend from Aparri, invited us to ride to Aparri, 560 kms. away. We laughed.
After a while of researching, we decided to do it. After all, Aparri is the northest ridable part of Luzon. The real “END OF THE ROAD” can be found here and that is what we came to see.
Aparri was then a Japanese trading post established on 1405 because of its location at the northern tip of Luzon. But it was established as one of the major ports of the Galleon Trade on May 11, 1680 because it is located at the mouth of the mighty Cagayan River towards the flourishing city of then Nueva Segovia. The original inhabitants of this town were the Ybanags/Ibanags. Later, as the Spaniards settled and with its strategic location, Ilocanos and Chinese people settled in the area.
The valley is one of the largest tobacco-producing sections in the Philippines; and the town has a considerable coastwise trade.
Aparri is one of the most famous towns in Cagayan, rivaling that of Tuguegarao, the Capital City.It is also famous for its foods such as the “bulung unas” which is dried baby eels and the “ludung” which is the Philippines’ most expensive fish ranging from 4,000 pesos to 5,000 per piece. It is only caught in the Aparri delta where the Cagayan River meets the Babuyan Sea and is only available in the rainy months of November.
This is the Aparri Beach.
from left to right: Ronald, Raffy and Larry
The Mighty Cagayan River