touring Taiwan

28 08 2011

In February this year I had the pleasure of doing a bit of a cycle tour around the South East of Taiwan.

I’ll let the photos tell the story and click on the Garmin links for a map of the route we took:

Day ONE: Taitung to Chihsang
http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/70093518

Our destination for the day - the rice paddies of Chihsang

Day TWO: Chihsang to Yan Leiou
http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/70093517

Sweet Bike Paths

Paparazzi!

Totally exhausted after a long day's riding!

Day THREE: Yan Leiou to Wushibi
http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/70093513

Where to go??

Shiouguluan River

Day FOUR: Wushibi to Taitung
http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/70093505

Breakfast!!

Almost Home

It was a trip that I will never forget. Great company, great scenery, great adventure. I always felt safe on the roads as well. New Zealand has a bit of a culture where cyclists are hated and often on the receiving end of foul language and rude gestures – but in Taiwan somehow it is the opposite. Cycling through every little town we’d be offered shouts of encouragement and applause. Truly touching stuff. So why does it have to be so different over here in little old New Zealand? We’ve got a reputation for being a pretty friendly place so why doesn’t that extend to the recreational cyclist? I can’t quite put my finger on it.

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