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Abu Mahendra 03-10-18 03:09 AM

Tour de Taiwan 2018
 
Riverine bikepaths of Taipei

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/xd1j4h2c9y5...25_2.jpg?raw=1

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Abu Mahendra 03-12-18 03:30 AM

Fuxing District
 
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ri0xfbfud86...3657.jpg?raw=1

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pinholecam 03-12-18 03:47 AM

Looks like a good trip

Abu Mahendra 03-12-18 03:55 AM

Luofu Bridge
 

Abu Mahendra 03-12-18 03:57 AM

Fast & Furious in Fuxing
 

Abu Mahendra 03-12-18 07:33 AM

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/bfkud484z0s...51_1.jpg?raw=1

Final setup
● Clothes & toiletries in a dry bag on the front rack. 3.5kg
● tools, spares & pump, rear blinker, plus snacks in the seatpost bag. 1.5kg
● hipbelt bag (not pictured) on my person with camera, sunglasses, documents and small water bottles. 2.5kg.
● two 700ml bottles mounted on frame. 1.5kg
● cellphone craddle and light mounted on handlebar. 500g?

Abu Mahendra 03-13-18 01:58 AM

Northern Cross Highway - done
 
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/aistq9y59e7...48_1.jpg?raw=1

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Abu Mahendra 03-15-18 04:08 AM

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Pine Cone 03-16-18 07:54 PM

Love the pictures posted so far. Keep them coming!

Abu Mahendra 03-16-18 09:55 PM

Thanks, bro...a few more...
 
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/te6nr2962in...48_2.jpg?raw=1

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Originally Posted by Pine Cone (Post 20227959)
Love the pictures posted so far. Keep them coming!


ttakata73 03-17-18 06:45 AM

Holy moly, this is a serious bike tour! Great pics and bike setup. I can't even find a saddle I can ride more than 15km comfortably yet, but that's a different topic we don't need to discuss here.

Doc_Wui 03-17-18 09:13 PM

Looks like a great adventure. If you have time to answer, what kind of places did you stay at? Great photos too.

Abu Mahendra 03-18-18 03:44 AM

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/iqvwnge8jjp...59_1.jpg?raw=1

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/k5gm9yeey68...53_1.jpg?raw=1

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Abu Mahendra 03-18-18 03:48 AM

hey, bro, i've stayed at different types of places, from 'country hotels' for $30/nite to 'resort' type places for almost $100/nite. Tonight i am paying $40 for a big, bright, clean, new room with private bathroom...


Originally Posted by Doc_Wui (Post 20229763)
Looks like a great adventure. If you have time to answer, what kind of places did you stay at? Great photos too.


Abu Mahendra 03-18-18 06:33 AM

Loan me your Birdy GT; I'll put it through the paces in a Grand Tour here. That is what GT stands for, right?


Originally Posted by ttakata73 (Post 20228358)
Holy moly, this is a serious bike tour! Great pics and bike setup. I can't even find a saddle I can ride more than 15km comfortably yet, but that's a different topic we don't need to discuss here.


Pine Cone 03-18-18 06:55 PM

Tell us more about the narrow suspension bridges. With stairs leading to to at least one of the bridges I assume they were not designed for bicycles. Do they parallel car/truck bridges?

Doc_Wui 03-18-18 07:43 PM


Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra (Post 20229941)
hey, bro, i've stayed at different types of places, from 'country hotels' for $30/nite to 'resort' type places for almost $100/nite. Tonight i am paying $40 for a big, bright, clean, new room with private bathroom...

Betcha that wasn't Taiwan dollars. Would be nice if they were Hong Kong dollars. Ha ha.

Abu Mahendra 03-18-18 09:34 PM

No, those narrow suspension bridges are not meant for any type of wheeled vehicle. Heck, they have a stated maximum number of people who can be on them at one time. They are for access to foot trails.

Taiwan has an impressive system of roadways and bridges. Wide river beds have long bridges spanning them. in several cases you have the old and the new bridge, where the old bridge is more for pedestrian and tourism. Perhaps a good example is the Baling Bride where the old bridge is a touris. destination, and the tunnels leading to it, a bit of a museum.

Old Baling Bridge as seen from pedestrian entrance
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/r4ed71ffc8a...47_1.jpg?raw=1

New Baling Bridge as seen from the old Baling Bridge
https://dl.dropbox.com/s/ri0xfbfud86...3657.jpg?raw=1



Originally Posted by Pine Cone (Post 20231267)
Tell us more about the narrow suspension bridges. With stairs leading to to at least one of the bridges I assume they were not designed for bicycles. Do they parallel car/truck bridges?


Abu Mahendra 03-18-18 09:39 PM

Prices in my post are $/USD.


Originally Posted by Doc_Wui (Post 20231379)
Betcha that wasn't Taiwan dollars. Would be nice if they were Hong Kong dollars. Ha ha.


Abu Mahendra 03-19-18 12:17 AM

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/hlyc7rzia5c...12_1.jpg?raw=1
notice the hairpin climbs on the bottom right

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tds101 03-19-18 09:17 AM

Beautiful!!!

Pine Cone 03-19-18 06:01 PM

Looks like an interesting place to tour on a bike. Great pictures!

Abu Mahendra 03-20-18 02:07 AM

Taiwan by bicycle: Around the island in 12 days

My own tour is of the East Coast, the island's premier cycling destination. I am in the East Rift Valley, coincidentally in the town mentioned in the beginning of the CNN article above. Tomorrow I'll swing around to the coast and ride the famous Route 11.

Good infrastructure, good food, safe, friendly people, good weather, not overly expensive, quiet country roads perfumed by jasmin, lung busting climbs to 2,400masl if you want, and stunning scenery. What else do you want?

Hiking/trekking is fantastic too. Google 'Taroko Gorge'. Out of this world.

EVA Air flies Bali-Taipei for under $400 return. No surcharges or fees for bikes.

Abu Mahendra 03-20-18 02:40 AM

Two crossings today...
 
Today I crossed the Tropic of Cancer south-bound. Roughly the southern half of Taiwan is tropical.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/26lj08j5tk1...DR_1.jpg?raw=1
Expansive paddy views in the island's rice bowl. Reminds me of Bali, actually.

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/7tczptzbb11...36_1.jpg?raw=1
Taiwan and its peaks (highest point 3,952masl) were created by the collision of the Eurasian and Philippine plate. This is where that fault line meets.



https://dl.dropbox.com/s/aw34go1akcz...40_1.jpg?raw=1
Emtrance to the indigenous Amis village of Cimei. The craddle of Austronesian languages (i happen to speak one such language) is Taiwan

foldingdroid 03-21-18 03:09 AM

I missed Taiwan. I did work there circa 1998. Thanks for sharing the tour Abu.


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