Photos by Hui-chen and MJ Klein
On today’s ride, I had an opportunity to do some more riding on the Hsinchu bike trail system in the 17 KM area. I began further south and then rode north until I found where I had ridden previously. Unfortunately due to a problem with a rear axle bearing, my ride had to be cut short. But nevertheless I did get to experience a new area of the trail system.
Once again, I did the riding while Hui-chen took a walk around and photographed many aspects of the trail and other interesting things.
This is the incline up to the bike trail from the car parking lot. With my new chainring, I can climb this ramp as easily as riding on a flat.
This barrier keeps cars (and hopefully scooters) off the bike trail. Notice the tower with the bike trail logo.
This section is concrete. I prefer normal asphalt for bike trail surfaces because it’s graded flat and smooth. Concrete is always brushed to give it a “tooth” so it won’t be so slick. At speed, this surface will rattle your jaw!
More views of the coastline from this section.
This is a great area to take a walk and do some photography too.
Not far north of where we began today, is a temple with (of course) food vendors.
There is a road beside the bike trail in this area and that’s how the scooters got here.
The red sign tells the name of the temple and says at the bottom that this is a rest area, using the same term in Chinese as you would use for a highway rest area.
This is the trail past the temple.
I really like how the trees were planted in an attempt to create a tunnel of foliage.
The area next to the trail in this section is marsh.
I’m not sure what this is, but this feature was found in the marshy area.
The foliage tunnel makes for a nice shady ride.
One of the many 4-wheel bikes you can rent nearby.
These appear to be new trees. Notice the green tags on them. Every tree is numbered and tagged. The numbers go into the thousands, literally.
Just a few of the many flowers you can spot along the trail (if you’re looking for them).
This surface is normal road asphalt and much more pleasant to ride on.
The photos speak for themselves. This is a beautiful trail!
A milestone on the trail.
Although it doesn’t look like it, on this day, the trails were packed. One of my biggest problems is people who want to ride in the middle of the trail as if they were the only ones using it. Also, weavers are a big problem.
Looking back towards the south, on one of the bridges.
An egret doing it’s thing in the water way under the bridge.
I think I’ll start from this point next time and ride south to see how far the trail goes.
This is part of what is know as the 17 KM coastline. On the other side of the embankment is a nice tidal plain.
The rest of the photos are ride photos taken with the GoPro helmet cam.
Believe it or not, this kid was in the wrong lane in front of me, and didn’t even see me until I was right up on him. Another guy, a pedestrian actually started to cross the bike trail in front of me without looking! I honked my air horn and he just about crapped his pants. Why would anyone rely on sound only when crossing a bicycle trail? That’s just asking for trouble!
Here is the map of today’s ride: http://www.bikemap.net/route/364064
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