Sunday, June 05, 2016
Hot one on the New Central Cross
A glorious day on the "New Central Cross", the new highway that connects the 124 in Miaoli to the Miaoli 62. Hard riding under a hot sun. Come below the READ MORE for more pics...
This road (Google link) connects the 124, which runs between Shitan and Nanzhuang, with the Miao 62. Lovely and steep, it rises to 800 m at the tunnel. It seems to be equally steep from north or south, and it is not shaded for the last 4 kms. From the bridge at the Miaoli 62 it is about 10 kms to the tunnel. Because it follows a creek, there are several places to get in the water and cool off. Surfaces are generally good, and within 2 kms of the tunnel are a couple of small shops and a campground with a drink machine, for drinks. It connects to the 124 below the peak 3 kms from the hamlet of Xianshan, on the Nanzhuang side. Hence one must climb to return to Shitan (an easy shaded climb).
Ended the day with 150+ kms of riding and 1500 meters of climbing at least. Hard riding in the heat, and slow going with lots of rests, but well worth it for the excellent company and views. Hope to see you on the next one!
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