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
19th July, 2009

A fantastic gadget

Garmin Edge 705Bought myself a Garmin Edge 705 GPS bike computer last week. A fantastic little gadget that basically does everything but measure power output and prepare a coffee at the top of the mountain. Come to think of it, it is ready to measure and integrate power output into the other data if I were to buy a third-party unit that does the actual measuring. Here is what it does do: cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, altitude, slope gradient, accumulated climb, sunrise, sunset, distance and time between any two locations of your choice along the route or time for every nth kilometer, ETA, distance to goal, remaining time to goal, time elapsed, either continuous or not measured when you stop or drop below a certain speed set by you, time spent resting. It of course also records the route so you can save it and upload it to the web (google maps, bikemap, etc.) and to the supplied software for analysis. You can also create new routes in the software and upload to the Edge which will then tell you were to turn so you don't go the wrong way in unfamiliar conditions. Wow. I think there are still more functions that I can't remember. Living in Taiwan, I bought the local Chinese version (Chinese-only system, no other language options) which came with a MapSource city navigator map and a topographical map of Taiwan. Other maps can be added if we go traveling and want to use it to find our way around cities or countryside in another country without having to worry about finding printed maps there. Price? Almost as much as my bike: NT$13,000. All this sounds great in theory, so if things actually work out as we plan them (they never do), we're taking it for a spin tomorrow and Tuesday for a two-day mini trip down to Toucheng and Jiaoxi and then back via Pinglin to see if it is as beautiful in practice as it seems to be in theory. Technorati tags: , , , , , , Swedish blogs about: , , and

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