Virtual Tour 13: First Taiwan Trip Day 1

I ride with a group that calls itself the R@SKLs. One of the R@SKLs is Taiwanese. He suggested a cycling trip to Taiwan. He would make all the arrangements. So in April 2018 fourteen of us arrived at Taoyuan Airport in Taipei.

Our bicycles were loaded onto the two vans which would accompany us over the four days.

The vans hit the highway while we took a train south from Taoyuan Station to Zuoying Station. The train hit speeds exceeding 295kph / 183mph at times. We covered the last 115km / 71mi to the Kenting Youth Activity Centre in taxis.

Someone wanted us to feel welcome.

It was quite late when we got to Kenting, but there was still time to visit the Kenting Street Night Market.  It is probably the biggest market in southern Taiwan, second only to the Fengjia Night Market in Taichung.

The Youth Activity Centre is designed in the classical Minnan style. Minnan or Hokio architecture features, among other things, the swallowtail roof with its upward-curving ridges.

This is the entrance to a cluster of guest rooms.

The centre is on a rocky beach.

Our route for Day 1 took us close to the southernmost point of Taiwan Island before heading up the east coast to Taitung.

We tried to ride right up to the Eluanbi Lighthouse, but it is only accessible on foot.

We did get rained on.

Stopping for photographs became a regular occurrence.  The views were spectacular.

At the 50km point, we were riding along the beach again.  The roads were very very nice.  Smooth, clean, and very quiet.

The gods look out over the sea at Manzhou township.

We also came across this statue. I didn’t see a seafood restaurant nearby though.

We stopped for lunch about halfway up the big climb of the say. 685 metres / 2,250 feet.

As we did the second half of the climb we were moving away from the coast but were high enough that the sea was visible in the distance.

The Shouka Bike Station is at the top of the climb. These bike stations and many of the police stations in Taiwan are equipped to assist cyclists.  You can refill water bottles.  There are also pumps and basic toolkits available for roadside repairs.

This temple is a few kilometres outside Anshuo.

We spent the night at the Traveller Inn in Taitung.

Taitung has a night market too.

3 response to "Virtual Tour 13: First Taiwan Trip Day 1"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: June 1, 2020

    Nice to read this post and be reminded of our own tour of Taiwan. The ride around the southern tip is fantastic. The day we biked it was incredibly windy, and the road was covered in sand that had blown up from the beach 200 feet below. Looking forward to reading about the rest of your tour.

    Since it’s a multi day tour, you might consider registering on CycleBlaze and posting it there as an integrated journal also.

    • By: Alchemyrider Posted: June 1, 2020

      I’m glad this post brought back good memories. Taiwan is indeed a fabulous place to ride.

      I did two trips to Taiwan so I will post about the second trip too. We rode a different route on that one.

      I’ll check out CycleBlaze. Thanks.

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