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
29th March, 2010

What a wonderful day

20100329-1.jpgWhat a wonderful day today was. And we even managed to get on the bikes to use it. Second ride since we bought the bikes and the first without the panniers and the rack. After we came back from the long ride over the New Year's holiday, I had a problem with numbness in three fingers in my right hand, and I've been waiting for it to go away. It's still not gone, the index and the middle finger are still slightly numb at the finger tip, on the palm side of the fingers. After a month! I think I really managed to develop carpal tunnel syndrome during that ride, the symptoms seem to be textbook CTS, so maybe I should go see a doctor. 20100329-2.jpg
A bridge down in Bitan.
But I can't just sit around and wait for CTS to disappear so today we hopped on the bikes to make use of the brilliant weather and the 25 or so degrees20100329-4.jpg to do the Pingguang-Xintan Rd loop down in Xindian again. It's a nice ride with almost no traffic. In fact, from when we hit Pingguang Rd, made it up past Shizaitoshan and until we came back down from the mountain again about 20km later, we saw a total of 2 cars and 1 scooter, not counting the car parked next to the mountain stream where they ware having a bbq picnic. Completely quiet. I was going to get a gpx file form my Garmin for dirtrider who asked about in a previous post about this ride, but somehow I screwed up and got nothing from my Garmin. Don't know what I did wrong. 20100329-3.jpg
This is where you turn right to cross the bridge and get up on the mountain
I think we stopped for an hour at Shizaitoushan just to enjoy the view and the weather, but then a ouple of other guys on scooters came up to do the same thing, so we decided to take off. This perfect day then ended with a meal in Xindian and then the compulsory good weather snack down by Taida: fresh strawberry and mango on shaved ice, only they didn't have any mango so I had to make do with fresh strawberrys and ice. But that's good, too. 20100329-5.jpg
Somewhere in the distance you can see Taipei 101 just because I like to take pictures of it from every possible angle
Google map of the ride

6 comments to What a wonderful day

  • Nice report viking. I’ve ridden out that way several times and love it out there. I’ve never seen any more people than you report seeing on your ride. I’ve not tried to conquer Shizaitoshan yet… need to try it though.

  • tbv

    Thanks. It was a nice day. That area is really nice and quiet, a good morning ride from Taipei. Go up the mountain next time, there’s a good view and a good rest area to just hang back and relax.

  • Great to see your blog from Minnesota, USA. I spent a year commuting across Taipei in 04-05. I miss taking MRT to the Zoo or Dan Shui and starting my rides out of the city. I also loved heading up Ya-Ming Shan.

  • I think I did this ride a really long time ago, but the second time I did it I lost my way and ended up just heading back to Xindian along the river after approaching from the Wulai road.
    It really was super quiet when I did it, even on the weekend which is unusual.
    Well, seeing as you have a map I’ll just have to try it out again.

  • tbv

    @Heath: that is a great way to get out of the city. Too bad it only works on the weekends. It’d be nice to skip the city traffic on my days off on Mon and Tue.
    @Peter: you should go back there. The ride up the mountain is really refreshing, not too steep, but still enough to give you a good run through. And the ride there and back is great too. We sometimes just stop for lunch at a Vietnamese place almost on the river. If you look at the map, you take a left turn instead of turning right onto Pingguang Rd up toward the mountain.

  • tbv

    Peter, that’s a left at the place marked “Last water hole” on the map.”