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
10th February, 2013

New Year’s Day ride

We had too much to eat last night, New Year’s Eve, so we decided to go take a spin around Taipei to shake it all down. Also Thor ignored the Central Weather Bureau, left Sleipner in the stable and refused to lift Mjolner, so there was no rain and thunder and lightning despite the CWB’s promise of 7 days of rain and crappy weather, another reason to take a bicycle ride. The river park ride from Minsheng and along the Keelung and Tamsui rivers down to Gongguan is always a nice ride, and, at 45km, just enough for New Years Day.

Neihu from the river park. The tall building with the cupola on top (can only see half of it) is the Liberty Times building, where some of my co-workers are hard at work putting out the shortened New Year’s version of the Taipei Times while I’m out enjoying a nice bike ride with D

And here she is, confidently looking forward to future bicycle conquests

When we got to the new Shezi Bridge (社子橋) we realized that they’re finally done, although it hasn’t been opened for traffic yet. For us cyclists, it means that you just follow the road to get up on the road on the levee that takes you around the Shezi peninsula instead of having to walk the bike up two sets of stairs as you had to before.

Just past the entry on to the levee road, still along the Keelung River just before it splits from the Tamsui River. The view is of Guandu

When we came home, the friend who was going to take care of the dogs during our planned 3-day ride with friends in the east rift valley Thu-Sat called and said that she probably would not be able to help after all. Mom’s sick. A good reason, of course, but it means that we will probably have to cancel 🙁 Or at least me, so D can go, since we’ve already paid our friend who did the arrangements.

A bit further down along the Tamsui River with a view down toward Sanchong

A view down toward Gongguan to the right, and the Mitsukoshi Building at the Taipei Railway station
Facts Here is a map on my Garmin page.This is a really nice ride. In the weeks, there aren’t many people in the park, and the roads are mostly wide and smooth, so it makes for a great exercise round since you can race against the clock without being afraid of running into a lot of people.

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