Alishan

Alishan, April 12 - 13, 2010. Click pic for album

Taroko to Kending

Taroko Gorge to Kending, Feb 14 - 19, 2010.

Northern Cross Island Highway

Northern Cross Island Highway, May 19 - 21, 2008. Click pic for album
21st January, 2008

Back in the saddle

Handlebars
Handlebars
Finally, after almost a month looking at the bikes hanging there on the wall, there was time for a ride, if short. We met up with N at Liuzhangli MRT and went via Chongde St to Fudekeng and then on to Shenkeng and Arouyang access road over to Muzha and back. Neither D nor N had done that ride before, N because he just bought his ride, a Giant OCR3 and D because she was going around the island when I first did it. D on the Arouyang road
D on the Arouyang Access road this morning
Crappy weather, and although it wasn't raining, the mist was so thick up on the mountain that it was as wet as if it had been raining. D and N on Arouyang road
N's front wheel is in Taipei Cicy and the back wheel is in Taipei County. Concrete in the city, asphalt in the county.
On the way back, we went to our Giant store to get some stuff and a chat with Tim who told us, not without justified pride, that he did the Northern Cross Island Highway and the Beiyi Highway -- known as "shuangbei (雙北)" in bicycle speak -- in one day a couple of weeks ago. That's 240 km in a day. He and a buddy left Taipei at 5.30am and returned at midnight the same day. That's hard core. And they even had time to squeeze in a dip in the hot springs in Jiaoxi.
Facts I did both Fudekeng and Maokong before, but not in one ride. The Fudekeng part and the Arouyang-Maokong-Muzha part. The whole ride was about 35km, so it's not a very long ride. It only takes around three hours and is perfect for a short morning, leaving at seven and returning at 10-10.30.
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