I did my first 20 km horrible timing but still did it lol.
Stick with it. I only started riding 6 months ago and 20km for me was a chore and I kept to the riverside path. I only road once a week back then and just kept going slightly farther each time.
Is this the 106 to 北47 and back along the 9?
I’m bad with directions but it does look like it begins on the 106. Starts right at that gas station and the ‘segment’ ends at the temple. I’m a total noob to climbing and road cycling in general, but some of those hairpin turns are still giving me nightmares. I’m probably going to stick to stuff sub-5% gradient for the time being / especially in the summer.
The second day after you’ll feel terrible, this is when you need to force yourself out and do at least 10km, not at the same pace, just moving the legs.
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Helen’s by full moon light, up from ShiZhr side has a lovely 5% gradient most of the way, nice and cool around 9 pm to 11 pm. then down past Palace Museum and the roads have mostly quietened down. Just watch for dogs in the shadows…
was a regular ride back in the day. literally, turn off your headlights and let the full moon do its thing.
Xi Wan Road is pretty amazing , but I haven’t done it at night. It’s now lit to the pagoda after the long bridge, which I think is around halfway. After that it’s not lit until Feng Gui Zui, which is fully lit all the way down to NPM.
I regularly did FGZ at night. I’m hearing due to reduction in traffic it’s got new tarmac. Which can be both good and bad…
Only 14km/h winds but certain sections the headwinds made me feel like I was going backwards…like I was in the movie Tenet.
Heading east had some monster headwinds/sidewinds…so I’m real lucky I did not wear my skirt tonight and stuck with the bib shorts. One thing I noticed is that there are moments where the punishing wind just disappears maybe due to some trees or a barrier…and there’s a calm: no noise, no wind, no resistance. It’s just a for a second or two, but it’s almost like you’re floating. I guess what I’m trying to say that I now know what it is like to float in space. One more thing off my bucket list.
Sounds dreamlike, i look forward to enjoying it one day
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If you didn’t go around the duck head, you could’ve gone to Keelung (just follow Keelung river upstream) and back. Well, maybe not all the way to the harbor, but certainly into Keelung city limit, which you’ll cross inside a bike tunnel. Look for the marker on the floor. Much more interesting than staying in Taipei city.
Thanks, I need more night routes…weather permitting will give that a try tomorrow night.
If you want to try a climb in that night route of yours, you can give Jian Nan Rd a try. It’s about 1km up the road from the DaZhi river entrance with minimal traffic. The climb itself is short, has new(er) tarmac and well lit.
Yahtzee!!! thanks, if not too wet tonight will skip duckhead and go up there to explore.
If you are feeling up to it, there’s an alternate road up to an amazing look out. The road is well paved, but narrow and has no street lights! If your front light is not at least 400 lumines, I would not attempt it at night.
My front light has a several settings but will have to research how many lumines. I might check out the narrow part during daylight if seems like it is too sketchy.
Hmm. Never knew that existed. Funny, I rode around those parts for many years and was always surprised by how many tiny little tracks went every which way and I never found them all. Them and all those 1000s of tiny roads east of Taipei, between Keelung and Ruifang. Great way to explore by getting lost, as long as you still have some elevation left in the legs.
Night time that seems like a good place to find plenty of snakes as well, so factor that into your light choices…
The second half of that road/look out could be new, but maybe before it was industrial road surface for the back entrance to the military installment on Jian Nan Rd.
I still can’t believe you were hammering those tiny roads on the gearing you had. I have ridden the climb up to this spot by Gong Liao and it was probably the hardest climb I have ever done in Taipei.