I've done a few rides that i wanted to share here, but I've been too busy, too lazy for writing anything. Anyway... here I go!
I was suspecting that my bicycle was jealous because every time there's a typhoon I ride my motorcycles and she has to stay at homt. So this time I took it to GuanYingShan, but climbing it from the East, which is what apparently most people do. I usually go from Hsinchuang to Taishan, from there to Linkou and then the rest is obvious. Yes, today is a typhoon day... so.. it was perfect: the light rain and the gusts of wind helped me to cool down and well, also to climb faster some parts of the road. It is true that some other segments were harder due to the wind, but... overall, I enjoyed the experience. The DW was a bit scary because of the water and the small branches that made me lose confidence...
Last Sunday, Hsinchuang > JiaoXi by number 9:
I really had to do it. I've been thinking of cycling BeiYi pretty much since I got a bike here. The traffic was surprisingly good. I was expecting lots of motorized cunts and Trucks from Hell on my lane, but it was quite OK. I'm not a fast climber, but I compensated it riding pretty fast downhill. I can say that know the road fairly well, so I was still cautious when necessary. Had a drink in PingLin with a couple of friends who were on his motorcycle (he was surprised how quick I arrived there haha), and then I kept on advancing towards JiaoXi, which received me with open arms and stupid crowds. In general, a really nice ride "door to door" (left home on bike, and didn't get off it until i got to the train station where I bought my ticket back home). Still I had to flip the bird to 2 or 3 assholes who where on my lane. also the waiting there was boring, for i didn't want to spend more money on massages, feasts, nor whores.
Hsinchuang > JiaoXi by number 7
Another ride that I wanted to do but I never had the chance to do it. This has been my most "adventureous" ride so far. I made it alone... and in two days . too lazy, too out of shape for doing it in only one shot, even if many others can do it.
While it felt a bit lonely (many km alone, no more "group rides" this year ), it was great. It took me some balls and I almost dropped the idea last minute, but it was worth doing. Nice landscape, not so bad weather (it rained just a bit), and I met some friendly and joyful youngsters, which took a walk by night with me, and we got to see several interesting snakes. Next morning... more snakes
I bursted my front inner tube inflating it stupidly when I found it was flat the next morning. Thanks god I spent a few minutes repairing an old tube the night before the ride.
I almost killed myself going downhill kinda fast when a car was on my side of the road because there was a construction heavy truck or something on his side. That part of the road was wet and covered with a bit of mud and I was lucky enough for just skidding my rear wheel for a few minutes. Scary!
As soon as i was giog downhill towards Yilan, the weather changed from fresh and misty to hot as fuck. The ride in the "flats" felt very long!
I met a nice guy (a rider with his titanium frame bike) in the train station, and we had some nice chat in Chingrish.
A little adventure I will remember forever, for the effort, for the landscapes, for the people i met and for the snakes, of course!