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
6th June, 2012

Biking again. Not.

Decided to do a 90k ride yesterday. Fixed up the bikes last week although that ride rained away in the end, so at least the bikes shouldn’t have been a problem. But of course D’s front tyre had a slow leak so it was empty. The leak was at the base of the air vent, so I replaced the tube with the last extra we had back home.

Jumped on the bikes and tore away (!) for a late start. We’d made it all the way to the river park when D’s back tube exploded with a loud bang. Probably no use to fix it but we gave it a try. A straight cut in the tube, so I had probably pinched it when I replaced it last time. Anyway, on with a patch and pump it up. Boom, there you go again. Third flat in a day. Third! And in a different place this time so it wasn’t the patch that gave way. So D jumped in a cab and I got on the bike down to Tima’s to have the tube replaced so we could do at least half the planned ride.

As always we started chatting about this, that and the other with Tim and his wife as Tim was changing the tube. And then it exploded again, and ruptured the tyre as well, so now we had to buy a tyre, too. We also bought a couple of extra tubes and two new biodegradable 1 liter water bottles each for good measure. The old ones were getting filthy anyway. By now it was already 2.30-3pm and we had lost all interest in any biking at all for the day. So this is what we did instead:

A beer at Alleycat's

An excellent amber with just the right level of bitterness plus a pizza at Alleycat’s Huashan restaurant is never wrong

The one good thing that came out of this debacle, apart from the pizza and the excellent amber at Alleycat’s of course, was that it was decided that we would do the Smangus (司馬庫斯) ride the first or third week of July. Never done that one. Tim says it’s 2,000m straight up and that we should make it up in one day. Not so sure about that, but we’ll give it a try.

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