Finally I got some time to get on my bike and go for a long ride. The weather this Monday was beautiful and so I dragged myself out of bed and headed out towards Shenkeng 深坑, a small town famed for it’s stinky tofu. From there I carried on to Pinglin 坪林 and then looped back around to Xindian 新店 and Taipei.
The road near Academia road is steep but not too high and on the downhill I managed to get up 60km/hour – breaking the speed limit!
I quickly passed though Shenkeng and started on the climb past Shiding. This was another tough one and as times I contemplated just heading back!
But I persevered and made it to the top where this Guanyin statue stands by the side of the road.
Rolling downhill to Pinglin was fun. There are loads more Guanyin statues that line the road and loads of tea fields too.
At Pinglin I stopped for a break at the 7-11 and then cracked on to Taipei. No photos from this point as it started to rain a little and I had to put my camera away. Altogether the ride took 4 hours and covered 75km. I was absolutely knackered by the time I got home but it was still a good ride.
I followed Zhongxiao out until it reaches a T-junction in Nangang, just past the new Nangang Train Station. Here I turned right and continued on that road until I got to the 109. This road is also called the Nanshen road and it leads over to Shenkeng. At the bottom of the hill, I turned left and 10mins later I arrived at the junction between Shiding and Pingsi (with the 7-11 where all the bikers hang out). At this point I followed the 106之 past Shiding and up over the mountain to Pinglin. From there the 9 goes back to Taipei via Xindian.