Friday, August 22, 2014
Alishan by Scooter
Another ride on one of my favorite routes in Taiwan, the Ten Thousand Year Gorge and Caoling via the 149 and the 149乙, Alishan via the 149甲 and the 169, and back to Chiayi via the 159甲. Only this time, my wife and I did it on our sturdy 125cc scooter.
Scootering presented certain problems. The last gas station is in Zhushan 60 kms from Laiji where we planned to overnight, while the next one on the other side is in Shijhuo. It is certainly possible to purchase gas in the mountains, but such trade is illegal and sellers are subject to heavy fines. Rather than risk getting someone in trouble for providing desperately needed services the government-owned service station system is too lazy to provide (isn't that what we pay tax subsidies for?), we took along a three liter gas can of gas on day one, and refilled with that in Laiji. That got us to Shijhuo without worry, where we filled with the last liter and a half from the gas can, which we left by a garbage can on the route, since we figured someone else could use it.
If you've seen my other Alishan ride photos (here and here, for example), it's the same route. Same gorgeous scenery. Same enjoyable time. I took rather more pictures on the 159甲 than I usually do, since it is more of a pain to stop on a bike than on a scooter. We also returned via a different route, very enjoyable.
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To crown a wonderful trip through some of Taiwan's best scenery, I returned home to find that the lawn had been mowed. My son claimed that he had torn himself away from his computer long enough to take care of it, but I suspect it was probably the dog.
Hope to see you on a Taiwan road soon!
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