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 July, 2012

Scorching heat

A few days ago we decided to ignore the scorching sun and get on the bikes for a 90k ride in the river park, from the MacArthur Bridge down to Gongguan and back. In the end, we cut it in half because as it turned out, it was impossible to ignore the heat.

A break
A break and some relaxed conversation at Shezidao.

We tried to push ourselves a bit to get some good exercise, but no matter how hard I worked, I never started sweating. Back home again and away from the sun I started sweating like nothing else; it all evaporated in the heat, I guess. Over 45k, I drank 3 liters of water and still had a dry mouth and D was developing a headache, so we decided that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to go back the way we came. D's Garmin GPS has a thermometer in it, and it hit 37.5 degrees Celsius several times.

Taipei
Taipei from the northern tip of Shezidao
Mango strawberry shaved ice
The reward: mango strawberry shaved ice across from Taida
Facts Here is a map on my Garmin page.This is in fact a great ride. At least in the weeks, there aren't many people in the park, and the roads are often quite wide and smooth, so it makes for a great exercise round since you can race against the clock without being afraid to run into a lot of people.

4 comments to Scorching heat

  • Claire

    Hello
    thank for your useful blog.
    What about the “north coast bikeway” from Sanzhi district to Wanli district and Yeliu ? Have you ever tried it ? I don”t find many informations on the internet and I can’t find a precise map. I also don’t know how to get there with public transportation (and a bike), or how to rent a bike there.
    Do you have an idea ?
    Wish you nice trips.
    Claire

  • tbv

    Thanks, Claire. I’ve got one post on the north coast road between Danshui and Yeliu (http://bikingintaiwan.theforgetful.com/2008/04/northern_coast_highway.html). This post covers a ride from Taipei, via Fengguizui, Wanli and Jinshan on to Danshui and then back in to Taipei from there, about 120km if I remember correctly. It’s a nice ride, both the climb up and down Fengguizui and the road itself. When you get closer to Jinshan (if you come from Danshui), there are a few nice coffee shops if you want a break. On the weekends, you can take the MRT out to the stop before Danshui and then take the bicycle from there. I guess you could also take the bus from Taipei out to Jinshan (several stops along Zhongxiao between SOGO and the city government) if you bag the bike, although I’ve never tried it. Otherwise, a taxi between Taipei and Jinshan is about NT$900 (family there, so we’ve done it many times). That isn’t too bad, especially if you’re two people sharing the ride and get one of those Toyota Wish taxis.

  • Claire

    Thank you very much. I didn’t know it was possible to start at Tamsui.
    Sad that the MRT is only accessible to bicycles on the week-ends, but I understand it.

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