Tuesday, April 05, 2016
Nantou: 101 + 56 = Staggering
Slow news week and I haven't felt much like blogging. But with the excellent weather, it's time for some serious riding. Monday Drew took Eva and myself down to Nantou to do the awesome 投56, 20 kms of desolate hills, via the 投101 through the tea districts above and east of Lugu. Gorgeous. As always, click on read more to see more... UPDATE: Drew's write up is pure poetry.
ROUTE NOTES: To find this road, follow the 16 to Jiji, then turn south across the bridge on the 139. Cross the river, get on the 131. Follow that south, climbing a bit, to the 投101. Follow the 投101 until it ends. There are some restaurants there where you can restock on water and get some lunch. Water is highly recommended, since after the little town there the 投56 is desolate. At the end of the 投101, turn up towards the town and the birdpark, away from Lugu, on the 投56. On the Google Map it is marked as Fengyuan Road. That climbs steadily, then there is a short but very sweet alpine descent, followed by a longish gentle climb, then a brutal series of 15-20% switchbacks that will require stamina and power. From the top the 投56 takes you back to the river via a long series of switchbacks. The 21 has a couple of annoying climbs as well. This route is not recommended for novices due to its demand for endurance, but for seasoned cyclists, it is highly recommended for the swooping descents and amazing views (Google Map Link).
to get a shot of everyone I was riding with on our wonderful ride to Sanlinxi.
Hope to see you on it soon!
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