Bikepacking, Taiwan

Not out of the forest yet!

We visited a couple of coffee growers and roasters and tasted coffee from a few different coffee shops and now it’s time to move south. I am surprised that in the heart of tea growing regions the coffee industry is thriving. In Nantou county we could still easily find the daily espresso fix, but as we get deeper in the countryside, we get the tradition Taiwan coffee infusion. I may have insulted some coffee growers by asking for milk.

Taiwan is a big producer of tea and we did ride besides fields of tea bushes, but also lots of banana trees, dragon fruit, melons,…

The distances we cover each day is smaller then we had first planned since the hills may be a bit steeper then predicted. I love hill climbing and I am loving the riding here, my two cycling companions seem to enjoy it too. We will slowly make our way south, but with the constant 10% to 20% grades we encounter, we may take a few extra days to get out of the forest 🙂

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Bikepacking, Taiwan

Mountains and sunshine

We left the comfort of Taichung and our nice hotel to discover the mountainside. It wasn’t an early start, I️ needed my latte before anything was going to happen and Taichung has some great coffee shops.

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r these 2 mechanically savy gentleman to fix Chiron’s brake issue on the side of the road and then we could attack that 12% climb.

Lush forests, long climbs, quiet paved roads, awesome views,…paradise!

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sandwich for lunch, but a surprisingly awesome dinner at a macrobiotic restaurant (veg1) in Puli where we spent the night. None of us knew what we were eating (language barrier) but it was delicious. Thanks to google for leading us to this little gem hidden in an alley.

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Bikepacking, Taiwan

Cycling in Taipei

Why not cycle in that crazy city? Scooters everywhere, incredible amount of cars and buses on those streets, make riding in this city quite intimidating. People are polite and well behaved, if you pay attention to your surrounding you will be fine, scared but fine!

The riding is actually awesome when you escape the city center and just ride on quiet, well maintained bike paths that run along every river surrounding and crossing Taipei. Not sure how many kilometres of paths there are, but there is enough for more then a day of riding.

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Bikepacking

Découvrir Taïwan

It’s my second time visiting Taiwan. I was invited here 4 years ago by the tourism office, in an initiative to spread the world about Taiwan’s bike culture. We were all convinced, Taiwan is awesome for cycling, so I had to come back. The previous visit was fully organized, this one is not. I am actually not prepared at all! I packed my bike and luggage the day before the trip and didn’t even work on an itinerary.

For the first time I am travelling overseas with my partner. Brad doesn’t camp and enjoys more reasonable adventures then what I usually get into. Luckily for him, Giant has a tour company in Taiwan and we are embarking on a guided tour of Taiwan for the first 10 days of our vacation.

It will still give me lots of time to get lost and torture him

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