From Andaya highway, you will exit via Sipocot. Sipocot has spotty highway – now it’s smooth, later you will find yourself in a crater-size pot holes. However, moving to Camarines Sur, the highway is much better – except for some short sections, but quite tolerable for a 13″ tires.
One thing that can change the behavior of the driver when he encounters numerous potholes along the way is that the stretch of Sipocot-Milaor has Acacia trees on both sides of the highway. When driving the later morning or afternoon, the shadow of the trees give the driver an illusion of huge potholes, slowing him down on the process. But better slow down than be sorry.
Note: There’s a diversion road right after the bridge (across Bicol River) that avoids the city traffic.
Between Naga City and Daraga, it’s about 150 kilometers, approx. 1.5 hours (less than 1 hour if you are travelling at midnight, but not exactly less dangerous).
From Bato, one enters the province of Albay. The one has to pass the following towns:
- Camalig – along the national highway, it offers an excellent view of Mayon Volcano on the way to Sorsogon – that if it’s not cloudy in the area.
- Daraga – if one has time before reaching Sorsogon, just turn left on the intersection (just beside Shell gas station) towards Legazpi City. Don’t miss the Cagsawa Ruins, just before the intersection after Camalig or visit the baroque cathedral, Our Lady of the Gate Parish, on top of the hill of Sta. Maria Hill on Brgy. San Roque. Otherwise, turn right towards Sorsogon City.
- Driving from Manila to Sorsogon (Part 1 – Driving along Laguna-Quezon Area) (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)
- Driving from Manila to Sorsogon (Part 2 – Driving along Quirino Highway) (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)
- Driving from Manila to Sorsogon (Part 4 – Driving along Sorsogon Area) (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)
- Driving from Manila to Sorsogon (DPWH Highway Markers) (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)
- Beware of Parked Cars Along Maharlika Highway (sorsogoncity.wordpress.com)