Over the Hills to Hualien - Taiwan - CycleBlaze

January 11, 2020

Over the Hills to Hualien

Thanks to the village’s crowing roosters, honking geese and chorusing birds, we were awake, up and riding by 8am this morning.

As expected, we had a hill climb to leave the quiet valley where the village was nestled. From there it was mostly an easy roll down to the river, then a few kms ride along the coast into the city of Hualien. The only slightly disconcerting part of the ride were a few tunnels. They were narrower than the ones we rode through yesterday, but nevertheless we felt safe enough. 

On arriving at the city beach, we met a former Londoner, Nick,  who now lives and works in Hualien. We had a long talk to him, then we did a 20 km circuit around and through the city. There’s an excellent bikeway which follows the harbour. It always led to a brewery which slowed us down for about 30 minutes.

We’ve now settled into the Motel TuBao not far from the railway station. 

After a rest and a clean up, we cycled over to the massive Night Market. It was the best we’ve seen so far in Taiwan. 

Packing to depart our village homestay
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Very quiet here this morning
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View on the climb out of the village. An abandoned road lower down the cliff.
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An unusual house for this area
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Steve Miller/GrampiesAn unusual house for any area, I would say.
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Graham SmithTo Steve Miller/GrampiesSteve we didn’t see any more like it. So I’m now calling it unique, not just unusual.
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Looking toward Hualien
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Our late breakfast stop. We’ve not seen a 7Eleven for a whole day.
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One of the excellent Hualien urban bike ways
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The harbour entrance
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Hualien’s mountain backdrop
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A view from the north of Hualien near the brewery
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Our bikes get their own garage at the TuBao Motel
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This room is a bit flasher than last nights.
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A small sea of motor scooters
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A breed of dog often seen here
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Impressive railway station forecourt
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Night Market tasty treats
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Joe takes aim at the Night Market
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As we cycled home from the impressive Hualien Night Market, an intersection erupted in fireworks and megaphone announcements. The election result is in. A landslide win for the female, pro Taiwan independence president.
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Today's ride: 45 km (28 miles)
Total: 503 km (312 miles)

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