We had a small group, but also had a good time. The weather was nearly ideal for that ride. While the segment through the Sanchong area was a bit challenging due to MRT construction, we got around that and went on for a nice long ride along the Danshui River. Saw many water birds, boats, an electric company helicopter working on high power lines, and many other things. Great breeze. Nice lunch in Bali with drinks and dessert later at a riverside cafe. Ended up in the hot springs in Beitou for a nice finish to the activity.
We followed the route outlined above with one exception -- near the end, instead of biking from Danshui back to Beitou, we jumped on the MRT at Hongshulin to save time and spare sore butts.
One note for anyone wanting to make this ride later on:
There are at least two places to board ferry boats in Bali and at least two operators now. One dock location is on the south end of the riverside market area (day/night market boardwalk) and the other is on the north end. The south end previously went to Danshui riverside market area only(near MRT station). Not sure now. The north end goes to either Danshui riverside market or to Fishermans Wharf. While bikes have always been allowed on board the boats for a small extra fee, we encountered considerable resistance from one operator there (Shufeng). This operator may be new. Although they tried to tell us that the weekend was too busy for bikes, then that the boats were too small for bikes, even after we'd purchased tickets (us and bikes), we eventually overcame the objections and crossed.
Recommendation: Avoid the Shufen ferry company, and use the other obvious operator if you have bikes along.
http://www.taipeitravel.net/article.asp ... 2&mrtId=13
Muzha Man wrote:
Jesus, I could have ridden from here to Danshui in the time it took to read that.
Ahem...now is that the kind of detail you expect for future hikes?
"A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes." -- Mark Twain
scomargo wrote:I just got a bike, but haven't really set it up the way I want to yet. Perhaps next time I can join you. This weekend I can't go out anyway as nobody else is here to help my wife with the kids. Looking forward to going out sometime in the future, though.
Glad you got a bike. I'm sure we'll do it again sometime. Or someone else will plan one that we can join in on. It really wasn't that tough to put together. A timing note on rides during the summer: Due to sun and temperature, those rides should be planned to start earlier in the day (near daybreak) and end at lunchtime. In any case, the river bike paths around the Taipei area are really one of the area's best features any time of year.