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
13th September, 2010

Balaka road

Saturday morning we took the MRT up to Hongshulin station to ride up the Balaka road for the first time in almost two years. We never do any rides up around Danshui and Yangmingshan. We first picked up Tim, Yanhua and A-bin at Shuanglian station, and then Eason met up at Hongshulin with his new Italian steel stallion, an elegant D'Accordi steel tube design. Tried it up on the mountain, and it rode well, but I thought the Campagnolo shifters felt a bit strange. Gearing up with the standard shift lever and gearing down with a thumb lever felt odd, and the standard lever didn't simply move in a plane perpendicular to the bike, but rather in a left or right-backward motion when you shifted. I really like the way Shimano combines the breaker with the shifter, and the way the levers are tilted slightly outward because that gives a more comfortable grip. Still have to try a Sram system to see how that compares. Great looking bike, though. The ride was as nice as always. After you turn from the 101 to the 101B, long sections of the road are shaded by trees and bamboo forest, with several nice views out over the coast and the Pacific. I also saw the b/w dog in the b/w pic again, he's still there. After reaching the top, D, me and Eason turned back the same way to take the MRT back in to town and work, while the others went on toward Jinshan (金山), although they also turned back after a while because it started raining quite heavily up on the mountain. We just missed the rain because we had stopped for a cup of coffee on the way down. 100911-balaka.jpg
The gang
Facts: Here's a detailed description of how to get there from a previous ride. Here is the ride with all the GPS data on my Garmin page. The data can be exported either as a gpx or a kml file from this page. And here's the Google map:

View Biking in Taiwan: Balaka road in a larger map
We turned back from the top of the road roughly at the midpoint of this map, because continuing on down Yangde Boulevard is a bit boring and with lots of traffic

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