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
1st June, 2011

Xindian loop

Did a short ride with D and Noah yesterday, the Xindian loop. About It’s a favorite shortie, about 40km, alongside the Xindian River most of the way, almost no traffic apart from the section on Xinwu Rd back into Taipei, but that can be avoided if you go back the you came. An average heart […]

9th May, 2011

Flower power

5.45. Woke up to Philip Glass, The Poet Acts, on my trusted old Android as usual. Followed the list: get up, get dressed, make coffee, have breakfast, take dogs for walk. After that my brain about works the way it should again. When I got out on Dunhua South with the dogs and looked up, […]

19th April, 2011

A cool beer at the Waterfront

Just as we had decided to go to the gym, we realized that it was a great day and that it really should be spent on the bikes instead of in a stuffy gym, so we decided to go out to Danshui for a late lunch/ early dinner at our new Danshui favorite, the […]

3rd April, 2011

Small Xindian loop: a good exercise loop

Yesterday, we took advantage of the nice weather to do a shortish morning ride, halfway down to Wulai, 43km from door to door. This loop is in fact great for exercise. After a few kilometers through the city to get down to the river park entry at Gongguan (公館), the whole ride follows the Xindian […]

8th February, 2011

Back in the saddle: Danshui

The last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. Brilliant weather. A ride to Danshui. First time on the bike since September last year. Sixty kilometers in three hours. Less than a year ago, we would have done it in two, probably even without stopping in Danshui. But hey, we’re back in the saddle again. […]

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 […]

8th September, 2010

Wufenshan weather station

A friend at the paper asked me a few days ago if we’d been up to the Wufenshan weather station down between Pingxi (平溪) and Ruifang (瑞芳). We hadn’t, so we decided to go, despite the fact that I am ambivalent about the joys of the 106 down to Pingxi. I’m never keen to go, […]

4th August, 2010

Five favorite Taipei day rides

In response to a question in the comments yesterday, here is my list of our five favorite rides in the Taipei area, together with our reasons for liking them. They’re all half day trips, so if you leave early in the morning, you’ll be back home again between, roughly, 11am and 2pm depending on how […]

3rd August, 2010

From Taipei via the 106 and the 9 to Jiaoxi

Another day off, another ride, another great day. Didn’t know where to go, so we called Luke to see if he and Tim wanted to come with us. Maybe they could come up with a good destination. In the end we decided for a round-trip to Pinglin, along the 106 past Huafan University to get […]

1st August, 2010

Testing the new handlebars

So, as planned, we rode up to Xiaogetou for a morning coffee yesterday. I really wanted to try out those new handlebars. And they were great, for several reasons. I can now place the brake handles in precisely the position I want them; the flat top is really comfortable; when I’m in the drops, breaking […]