I’ll try to cheer y’all up a bit.
I discovered I can drive to the Fulong Beach area in about an hour from my house in Mucha on the 106. Nice scenery, no traffic.
Today, drove up to the Caoling Historical Trail and hiked over to the Dali side. Saw Turtle Island glowing in the background. Awesome. Learned the names of 4 different kinds of endemic plants along the way. Educational.
Decided today that in summer I will rent a bike in Fulong and ride 15km out to the start of the Taoyuan Valley trail (a new part of the Caoling trail). I’ll then hike 6km over the hills to Daxi beach, swim, suntan, babewatch, and then hike back later in the day. The final bike ride is all a gentle downhill so I imagine it won’t kill me. Maim, possibly, but not kill.
What do you think? Should we have a Forumosa Ironsomething this summer. If we do, I suggest that we skip the return hike and bike and just have everyone take the train back from Daxi to Fulong. The winner can be the first one off the train and in the bar with a drink in the hand.