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
22nd May, 2010

Xiaogetou

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D gets a drink at the convenience store where the road splits into 106 and 106A
So, after a year of very little biking (only managed 500km (!) last year) we are slowly getting back into it again this year, and I am slowly beginning to exercise again. We have made 1000km so far this year, and the goal is to break through 3000km before the year is up. Still not very much if you think about it -- my old man used to do 4000-5000km or so a year just going to and from work, 10-15km each way, five days a week. Anyway, with yesterday's ride up to Xiaogetou (小格頭), we did 120km on the bikes this week, and I did 20km on the treadmill (D probably ran 40 or 50km, though, plus an hour of spinning every day. Hard core.). Some of our friends from the long new year's ride and the Alishan ride have a standing 8.30 breakfast appointment at Helen's coffee shop at Xiaogetou every Saturday. We haven't been able to make it before due to work or other Saturday commitments, but we suddenly realized Friday night that we both had Saturday morning free, so we decided to get Saturday breakfast at Xiaogetou. 100522-Xiaogetou.jpg
Lots of bikers make it up to Xiaogetou on weekends. It's a veritable Autobahn of bicycles getting up there.
Haven't been back there for several months, and had almost forgotten how nice the ride up the 47 is. You climb up to 570m over seven kilometers going counterclockwise from the split were the loop begins if you look at the Garmin map linked to below. Since you're already at about 160-170m elevation at that split, it means the ride isn't too steep and that it's not too difficult to do it without stopping once to rest. Still enough to get a good run-through and make me tired, though. Once there, we realized that none of the others had made it up there yesterday, despite the good weather. Checking in with Tim later, it seems everyone was busy with bringing kids to school tests and other stuff. Anyway, after cooling down with a delicious ice cold chocolate drink with whipped cream at the last empty table - the place is crowded with cyclists on weekends - we went down the other way to complete the loop. This road is about 1km longer than the other way up, and it may be a bit steeper as well. Still, both roads are great, with great views, and it's also nice not to have to go down the same way you came up.
Facts A map and data from my Garmin can be found here.

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