Breakfast on the Northern Cross-Island Highway
I do a lot of blogging on Taiwan, and I also do a lot of biking. Many DKOS readers are enthusiastic cyclists, and I thought I'd share one of the island's best kept secrets: its fantastic potential as a bike tourism destination. Come below the fold for a deeper taste....
Liyu Lake, a reservoir in central Taiwan
One of the reasons so many of us love living here is that the steep and relatively empty mountain areas are easily accessible from the island's crowded, heavily urbanized cities. My house abuts a scenic area; an hour's ride in any direction into the mountains puts me at the base of 2,500-3,000 meter peaks.
My son starts out in the morning from the China Youth Corps Hostel in Baling
Accommodations in all ranges. The place above costs just US $11 a night, but offers everything from showers to washers and dryers.
Your trusty writer enjoying a drink on 21 north of Sun Moon Lake
Cycling is now booming in Taiwan, and even the smallest towns boast bike shops from the major makers. Giant, the world-renowned bike maker, operates a rental system under which bikes can be rented for US$30 a day.
If you're coming over, get in touch, I'd love to bike with you. Hope to see you on the roads here soon!