2020 – Winter in Taiwan

Our cycle trip on Tilly the Tandem to ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ผ Taiwan

All change

Posted by on 12, May 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

All change

We arrived back at the airport Hotel after a wind assisted cycle that we’ve now done 3 times, feels a bit like being at home! We’ve been closely following the Corona Virus updates for Taiwan, where the CDC publish updates as they happen in English listing every case, where it originated, the contact tracing as well as how the person is being treated. Its excellent and gets 3 or 4 updates a day despite being one of the first counties to get the virus outside China and being only a few miles from the mainland and having direct flights to Wuhan there has so far only been a handful...

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The last leg

Posted by on 22, Mar 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | 0 comments

The last leg

Having navigated the hills we were now on the easy final fairly flat straight, though it would be better to describe it as the final wiggle and the coast continued its remarkable beauty as we headed back over the Tropic of Cancer posing for a few photos at the marker. Along the route we passed the Water Running Uphill park, where a stream appears to flow uphill. It was so convincing that Linda almost was convinced that physics was all wrong but it was an optical illusion. The hills ran steeply down toward the sea and the stream ran apparently uphill on these slopes. But the steepness of the...

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Oops

Posted by on 8, Mar 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | Comments Off on Oops

Oops

The thing about having multiple weather apps is you have to make sure they all tell you the same thing in the same currency so to speak. So when we set off up up coast into the 27kph with 50kph gusts headwind and we found it some of the hardest cycling we’ve done, had we checked the weather app properly we’d have seen it was in Knott’s and not kph so the 27 became 50kph with 92kph gusts and that why it was so hard – and there we were thinking we are getting too old for all this! Still, it made the decision of wimping out about crossing the pass by Bicycle definitely...

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The End of the road and Vampires

Posted by on 5, Mar 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | Comments Off on The End of the road and Vampires

The End of the road and Vampires

We were on the final stretch now southward to the most southerly point in Taiwan and the tropical playground of the country, commonly referred to as Kenting. The road down was pleasant with large numbers of fish farms and small villages and we made good progress. The hotels here are quite cheap and very good but we decided to up our game and stay at the H Hotel resort for one night and have the Resort Experience! That and the afternoon tea they advertised in their 360 degree restaurant! We booked the honeymoon suite (it is our 25th anniversary this year!!) And had a fabulous room overlooking...

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What the heck was that?

Posted by on 27, Feb 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | Comments Off on What the heck was that?

What the heck was that?

Our old foe the wind had plans for trying to ruin our departure cycle from Tainan so we outfoxed it got up at 5:45 to get on the road by sunrise. It’s actually not a bad plan for cities to leave them that early as the traffic is always much less, especially on a Sunday and we got to see the sun come up.I know, anyone who knows us won’t believe that bit, but the thought of another day slogging into the wind can work wonders on your desire to get out of bed early. We left Tainan quickly and stuck to the tiny back roads, winding our way through fields of rice and corn with hardly a...

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Onwards to the Tropics…

Posted by on 24, Feb 2020 in 2020 - Winter in Taiwan, Taiwan, Tilly the Tandem | Comments Off on Onwards to the Tropics…

Onwards to the Tropics…

After our couple of wonder days we woke to a gloomy and cool day as we headed to the Tropic of Cancer Marker on the coast. The park this was housed in was a bit dilapidated but not at all helped by it still being winter and the many splash pools were empty of water and children. It would probably be a completely different place in the summer sun. The monument itself has the names and flags of all the countries that border the Tropic on a path leading to a statue. The information plaque, like so much of Taiwanese culture was about hope, love and friendship, a theme you see repeated again and...

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