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
24th November, 2008

Defeat and humiliation on the Balaka Road

After three months with only two short rides (Xiaogetou and Balaka) and basically no other exercise due to pulled muscles, back problems and a three-week vacation, I played street hockey/floorball Saturday. Two hours of running around chasing a ball can be really tiring. Then yesterday, we finally got on the bikes again and went up the Balaka Road. Everyone but me. I couldn't even make it to the top. And it's not even that steep. What can I say? It was just the wrong day. Got up late, tried to eat breakfast. Forgot to bring a towel to wipe the sweat off my face. Couldn't find my shades. Forgot to bring the water bottles, both of them. Even forgot to brush my teeth for God's sake, one of those things you do in your sleep. And then defeat and humiliation. Completely out of shape. Exhausted. Muscle pain and still tired from the street hockey session. For the first time unable to keep up with D. Defeat and humiliation. Gotta get back in shape. This time we went back the same way we came, stopping for a coffee and and food in the combined coffee shop/restaurant a couple kilometers below the Zhuzihu visitor information center. Good coffee and food. Then we rolled down to Danshui and continued onto Hongshulin where we got on the MRT for the ride back into town. And I still was an hour late to work. Just one of those days when I should have stayed in bed. I'm not even putting up a picture today. But Nathan joined us for the first time, and that was nice.
Facts Here's a previous road description with a Google map.
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