We used this Google map for reference https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1JFI4BJEylUe0hrqKHgHS8fmCbqk&hl=en_US&ll=23.62742487221179%2C120.57036106537817&z=11
Taipei Chia Yi
Route: Da Dao Cheng Wharf No. 3 West Coast Highway
Cost of accommodation per night: 550NT/persion https://goo.gl/maps/NJDqfSR7wzW3hvzh7
We ended up making a mistake of riding the mountain road and then cutting to the west coast highway which took up a lot of our time. Final destination ended up being Lu Gang, where our distance was a bit over 200km, but we stayed at a very nice back packer spot. It was a Sunday evening, so the place had one other customer aside from the three of us.
Lu Gang Kenting
Route: West Coast (61 17 1)
Cost of accommodation per night: 250NT/person https://goo.gl/maps/CqWQ5QXy887WSxEb7
To make up for the previous day, we had a looong day ahead of us. We planned that it would be roughly a 10-12 hour day, but that slowly turned into a 15 hour day. We didn’t get much help from any tail wind, but we luckily didn’t meet any wind towards Kenting. We ended up arriving in Kenting near 11PM. Exhausted, we thought we could grab a bite, but everything was closed! 7-11 it was.
Hostel we stayed at was hidden in a small small alley off of the Kenting old street. The amenities were kinda meh and we ended up having to hand wash our kits. Luckily, they had places to hang our clothes. I guess if it was busy season, those hooks would be full of surf suits.
REST DAY! Did a lot of nothing and eating. My legs thanked me.
Route: 26 200甲 26 199甲 199 9
Cost of accommodation: 500NT/person
We made our way down to the southern most point and looped back over to Taidong. This was the most relaxed day despite a long climb to Shouka. We took our sweet sweet time while enjoying the view before Taidong. I highly suggest taking the southern point route instead of heading up the 9. Less cars and much better views. I’ll let the pictures speak for themsevles.
We made the mistake of booking our hostel near the train station, which ended up being DEAD. So the money we saved for booking, we ended up spending on a taxi towards the busier part of town. In which we hit up Uncle Pete’s Pizza (https://goo.gl/maps/94pk9ggmk1ns2ZXv8) , which had awesome reviews on Google and everywhere I looked.
Route: 9 30 11 9
Cost of accommodation: 500NT/person https://goo.gl/maps/9WoUKD5obmFumjCVA
This day we completely miscalculated the distance by a good 20km, we don’t know what happened, but we noticed super late that we had 6 hours to do 100km. Which was fine, but then one of our party members got injured and arranging transportation on the 11 to get them to the 9 to take a train took up 1.5 hours of our time.
The two of us left Feng Bin at around 5:30PM to try to get to Hualien train station before 8:10PM to catch the final local train to Yilan. Of course, we had the climbing section as well as the hardest head wind section ahead of us, but…at full pace, we made it.
We finally got to sleep in (until 8AM) and take our time in the morning. We knew the road back to Taipei like the back of our hand. We also specifically stayed at the hostel in Luodong because we knew the owners, who came by and chatted us up.
I cycled straight to the shop for maintenance as my bike took an epic beating. Next time, I won’t ride the race bike on this kind of ride.