[quote=“Mucha Man”][quote=“tommy525”]Consider that Hualian used to NOT have a train service, except a narrow gauge one from Taidong. And Taidong did not have a train service to Kaohsiung then. And travel to Hualian meant a 25 mins flight by 737 (499 nt each way circa 1978) or a once a day bus ride from TAipei in the morning or a twice a day each way from Suao. The Suao Hualian was far more dangerous in those days as the cliff hugging sections were all one lane and there were few tunnels so when I say cliff hugging, I meant cliff hugging. IF you put your arm out it was literally over the cliff and the mountain was only a few feet away on the other side.
There were 3 sections i remember and each time you entered a small village on the plains you waited until traffic from the other side came thru, then you transitted the next section.
Someone sat by the side of the road counting how many vehicles entered each time and someone counted on the other end to make sure all vehicles were accounted for.
When the Suao-Hualian became two lane and traffic restriction ended it was awesome already. They also started tunnelling many sections deemed too dangerous. I think that will have to be done again , as the typhoon proves that it is still dangerous in heavy rains in many areas.
I havent been thru on that road more then about a half dozen times in all. But each time i remember breathing a sigh of relief. It IS hairy.[/quote]
Damn, tommy this would have made a great box text for the new Taiwan Lonely Planet. I’m going to remember this for next time.[/quote]
Still same setup when I arrived, and don’t forget there was also a large public ferry at the time running from Keelung to Hualien.
If the road is down for any length of time, this is something they could consider…From Suao would be no more than 70km by sea.