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
22nd December, 2008

A coffee at Helen’s at Xiaogetou

We missed last Sunday because it was raining when we woke up, and then we almost missed this Sunday, too, because Norman and Alice were over Saturday evening and when I came home from the paper, the wine and the cheese and the salami had somehow made its way onto the table. So we slept too late yesterday.
But the weather was oh so good when I woke up at 10.30 that I just had to take the day off and go biking anyway. So I did. By 12.30 or something we were finally on the road and did the loop over the Fudekeng municipal cemetery because I really like that road. It feels weird to go past kilometer after kilometer of the small family mausoleums, and there were a lot of people there yesterday burning paper money.
By 2.30 we were sitting in Helen’s coffee shop at Xiaogetou stuffing ourselves with the delicious rice fried in tea oil from the restaurant next door and finishing it all off with a cappuccino in the late afternoon sun overlooking the valley below. It’s getting cooler, though. Going down, we put on trousers and a long sleeved shirt because as soon as you’re out of the sun the temperature drops, and the wind from going downhill at 40-50km an hour makes it almost cold. But as always, it was a great ride.

Facts: Not much to add to the previous descriptions. Here is an earlier description

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