Thursday, October 26, 2017
The Taitung 23/40 and the East Coast: Scott and Nicklas ride over Taiwan
My previous post on this one.
ROUTE NOTES: The other roads on this four day ride I've done many times before, but I'd been saving the 31 kilometers of the Dong23/40 between Taiyuan in Donghe and the 197. Finally I decided to do it this time with Scott and Nicklas. It proved extraordinarily difficult. The first 10.5 kms to the Lungshan Temple are God's Own Country, green, farmed, hilly, and framed by mountain peaks. It couldn't be more beautiful. The road had been recently paved and the surface was immaculate. After the 11 km mark, however, it became a cracked and broken concrete surface through a lovely desolation without buildings, farms, or cars. And it went up. On and on and on we climbed, as if the mountain would never run out. Bring good tires, snacks, and extra water for this road, and some spare tubes. Because of the length of the north to south climb, even though it is steeper initially, I expect this road is easier to do from south to north.
Thus fortified, we headed south a couple of kilometers to Huanshan Road and the Liji Bridge -- look for the sign for the road to Liji off to the right. That road descends to the bridge, an easy end to a tough ride. Then Taitung station, and returning the bikes to Giant. Four days, 280 kms, roughly 6500 meters of climbing, including a daunting 1600 meters of climbing the last day. Great fun, and I am looking forward to the next time Scott and Nicklas come to Taiwan.
Hope to see you on my next ride.
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