Drew rests on the climb on the 52-3.
Helluva a ride this Saturday as Drew and I banged around the hills of Miaoli, and came home banged up but happy. This ride took us on one of my favorite local roads, Pinglin Road out of Jhuolan in Miaoli. From Pinglin Road, we took the Miaoli 54 back to the 3. Once we reached the 3, we turned south and took the 52-3 along the northwest side of the Liyu Reservoir. Brutal hills, but lovely views. Only about 85 kms round trip from Taichung, but well over 1000 meters of climbing.... click that READ MORE link below....
ROUTE NOTES: Tricky bits. (1) Finding the Miaoli 54. It's at the top of the big climb AFTER you pass the dam. It is marked as Jingshan Road on Google maps, but that is not its name.(2) On the 54, you'll hit a N-S road about 1 km before the 3. The intersection is twisty and the two roads run parallel to each other. You don't want the road that goes down to the left, you want the one with the upward grade, pictured here. (3) The 52-3 is at km 140 of the 3. (4) Buy snacks in Jhuolan. There's only local shop snack food on this route until you reach Houli at the other end where the 52-3 debouches into the 13.
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