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
16th May, 2008

Arouyang access road again

MirrorYesterday was another nice day, so we decided to go biking again. It had to be a shorter route, since N had an appointment in the afternoon, so we decided to do the Arouyng access road (阿柔洋產業道路), a loop of less than 40km from where we live in the middle of Taipei. We started at the Liuzhangli MRT station and took Chongde St (崇德街) up to the Fudekeng Cemetery (福德坑), an enormous expanse of family graves and mausoleums, Taipei's Muslim cemetery, a cemetery in the memory of 228 and White era victims, and, I'm told, a pet cemetery, although we haven't been able to find that one. I have to spend a day here with the camera some time. Coming down from Fudekeng we took a right and an immediate left to cross the bridge over to Wenshan Rd which has less traffic than the 106 Beishen Rd, and is also a bit shorter. Not much else to say. Take a right at Arouyang and go for about 7km to reach the temple at the high point of the road before taking the very steep road -- about 500m -- toward the trail head for the Ergeshan Hike. It's paved with concrete that can get really slippery, so if it's wet, a walk down is recommended. When you reach the bridge on the way down, you can take a left to go up to Maokong and get some tea or a coffee or a bite to eat, otherwise just continue straight downhill. Now we're hoping for good weather Mon-Wed since we are doing the Northern Cross Island Highway together with a couple of friends.
Facts Here's a map of the route. It's less than 40km and only requires about 2-2.5 hr on the bike. Click the Taipei category in the right column to find a couple other posts aboutthe same ride with slight variations. When you open this map, there is a link to Google Earth, so if you have Google Earth installed on your computer, you can see this map in Google 3D.

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