Taiwan in Cycles and I rode up the 3 through Miaoli and climbed the 124, then rolled down to Nanzhuang and followed the river to Zhunan where we hopped a train for home. With temps soaring near 100, and probably well over that in the heated areas on the road, the moderately difficult climb up the 124 became a brutal battle against the heat. Still, it was a gorgeous ride. Click on read more to read more!
The opening grades are easy but gradually they become steeper, though they seldom exceed 10%. Most of the climb is monotonous vegetation with few views. There is no food or water available for the climb, so make sure you have extra water. When you reach the temple near the top there are some small shops that sell drinks and meals for tourists. After the temple the road climbs another kilometer or so, and then it begins its long descent to the sea. The descent through the river valley filled with leisure farms is memorable, and there are some good views from the top of the ridge. The road passes through the tourist town of Nanzhuang and the area is filled with places to stay.
Our route this day took us back to Zhunan where we hopped a local train back to Taichung. The 124 is an excellent ride, highly recommended. On the day it was about 110 kms for me, with an estimated 1000 meters of climbing considering the hills on the 3 you have to clamber over to get here from Taichung.
An excellent ride, highly recommended.
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