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
11th August, 2008

On the road again

Let’s see…

  • Busy working
  • Typhoons
  • Rain
  • Everyone else was busy
  • Party

That’s it, that’s all the excuses I can think of for not having been on the bike for six (!) weeks. I haven’t even taken it off the wall where it normally hangs. When I did Saturday night, the tyres were empty and the chain dry as a…
And the weather has been beautiful the last week. Clear skies and no air pollution to speak of. I have been able to see clear all the way to Luzhou from the paper’s offices in Neihu, without the slightest sign of a pollution cap. When we went yesterday, I could hardly see the tall building by the railway station and once again there was this sickening grayish-yellow-green cap all over the city and even 101 was disappearing in the haze.
No matter. We took the road past Taipei’s Fudekeng municipal cemetary, always a pleasant ride, and at 6am it is full of elderly people walking down (probably took the first bus up) or younger people jogging down. And everyone smiles and says “Zaoa” because there is a secret connection between us all, the kind of people that get up at 5am to go exercising before the city wakes.
From Fudekeng we went to Muzha Zoo where we meet up with the rest for the ride up to Xiaogetou, where we had the traditional Sunday mornig double cappuccino. We then went back to Taipei for brunch at Carnegies, where we as always were allowed to park our bikes inside, leaning on the counter behind the door.
Oh, and another excuse: It feels as we’ve done most of the short half day rides around Taipei which made us sort of lose the enthusiasm for a while there. But now we’re aiming for another Sunday ride next week, and then a Mon-Tue excursion somewhere in northern Taiwan. Maybe that Hsinchu ride Feiren was talking about, or another ride along the northern cross, or… We’ll see.
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