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
13th May, 2008

And yet another one…

me.jpgThe weather was too good today to waste another day working, so I didn't. At least not in the morning. Instead, I took another trip up to Fengguizui, almost completely alone on the road on a Tuesday, only one other biker on the way up. Not a cloud in the skies until I got closer to the peak, and almost complete solitude. The only sound I could hear was my own breathing, the birds and the breeze. If it hadn't been for the wind, I'd probably even have heard the flutter of the wings of all the butterflies, that's how quiet it was. The wind was a bit too strong, though, almost killed me on the final section up to the coffee shop, but the weather was so good that it doesn't matter that I didn't push below 30 minutes this time either -- I ended up at 35 minutes. The great weather and the ride put me in such a good mood that I didn't even try to get out of a "conversation" with the only other customer at the coffeeshop -- "Did you bike here (pointing to to my bike)?" "You must be tired?" Aren't you cold?" "You speak such good Chinese." "How long have you been in Taiwan?" "What do you do for a living?" "Are you American?" "Where are you from, then?" "Are you married to a Taiwanese woman," "Where do you live?" "Yes, but where in Taipei?" "OK, I have to go, bye-bye." Having found Jiannan Rd which allows me to bypass the Ziqiang tunnel, I think this ride is probably the best in Taipei, just because it is so easily accesible from where we live. A short ride down to the river park, which is also an agreeable ride, and then just another 5 or 10 minutes from the park over to Jiannan Rd and away from the traffic and the pollution. Not many cities with several million people where it is so fast to get out in the mountains. jiannanrd.jpg
A view of Neihu and on toward Xizhi from Jiannan Rd
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3 comments to And yet another one…

  • Edson

    Hi there, interesting your blog. I live in Danshuei snd I have a road bike that I use to climb Yaming mountain with and also to keelung. I always ride alone because I don’t know anybody that is willing to ride along me, do you know any road bike group around here? regards Edson

  • tbv

    Glad you like it, thanks. Try the Yangmingshan Biking Club and also the forums at Cycle Taiwan, a new community site for biking in Taiwan. There are links to both under the header English biking links in the right column on this blog. Maybe you can find groups there who ride on Yangming Mountain.

  • Edson

    Cool, I found many informations on your blog, thank you very much, now I need to find time to read all.
    Best regards Edson