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Postby Mucha Man » 14 Jul 2008, 13:09

alidarbac wrote:
MotorcycleRider wrote:Which parts are lit up? Last month I wanting to ride, starting from under the Cheng Chung Bridge to the Dadao Chen Wharf, but found that whole section was almost completely dark, even with my dual headlights I could barely see several meters in front of me. There were no lights on the bike path, only on the car/motorcycle road running along the wall.


I agree that that section of the riverside park is way too dark at night. I've nearly run over a couple of stray dogs. It's a lot better north of Dadaocheng and around that Shezi Dao peninsula, so maybe you should try getting to Dadaocheng via the regular roads.


Yes, but that is the only dark part. I think if you stay on the side road just north of the park above the parking lots you can by-pass it.

So after Dadaocheng it is lit all the way up? Good to hear. How is riding around Shezi?
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Postby the bear » 14 Jul 2008, 13:17

oh and dont forget the scenic cemetery hill climb from liuzhangli MRT/chongde Rd.....its a lot of fun at night up there if you aren't creeped out by all the dead people....the road splits to nangang or down to the zoo. alternatively just turn around and barrel down the hill....
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Postby irishstu » 14 Jul 2008, 14:03

the bear wrote:oh and dont forget the scenic cemetery hill climb from liuzhangli MRT/chongde Rd.....its a lot of fun at night up there if you aren't creeped out by all the dead people....the road splits to nangang or down to the zoo. alternatively just turn around and barrel down the hill....


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Postby urodacus » 14 Jul 2008, 14:07

the stray dogs are worse in the cemetery after dark, and the later it gets, the more brazen they are. be careful there after 9pm.

and the idiots who feed them think they are doing a Buddhist good deed. better by far would be to get rid of the damn things. even CNR as long as they don't keep feeding them. bastards. I would love to sue them for my serious crash last year that put me out of action for months.
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Postby MotorcycleRider » 14 Jul 2008, 19:44

I was thinking that Chongde Street would be a nice scenic ride at night, but as urodacus said, I am worried about hitting stray dogs. I'm okay with the cemetery part. How's the ride up to Maokong? I remember a few years back I rode my motorcycle up and found a nice road that let back down the other side to Shenkeng, and came out right where the market was. I recall the road was quite scenic, with rows of tea plantations running along it. Anyone been on that route on a bike?
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Postby Feiren » 14 Jul 2008, 23:40

Your wish is our command. Here is a map of that route.

And The Biking Viking has a detailed writeup.

Here is another Fudekeng-Maokong link-up ride that uses the front side of the same hills to access Maokong via the Zhinan Temple area. I think this ride would be safer at night.
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Postby alidarbac » 15 Jul 2008, 00:34

Muzha Man wrote:So after Dadaocheng it is lit all the way up? Good to hear. How is riding around Shezi?


Shezi is nothing special. It's marginally more lit up than the Zhongzheng-Dadaocheng section, but it has also has a lot fewer sudden zigzags, so it's a lot easier to maintain a decent speed for a while. I typically loop around Shezi and go back. Crossing that bridge there

I've done the cemetery hill ride at night as well. Going uphill was fine, but downhill towards Muzha was completely unlit and you're very likely to run into a dog.
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Postby MotorcycleRider » 15 Jul 2008, 00:56

Nice info and write up Feiren. We all need to arrange for a ride sometime.
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Postby cfimages » 15 Jul 2008, 07:58

Good info and maps Feiren. Makes me wish I were in Taipei so I could do some of these rides.

If anyone ever decides they want to ride Baguashan and the ridge area between Nantou and Zhanghua let me know - I ride here regularly and have a few nice routes that I've found. Some good climbing, great descents and long, low-traffic flat sections through rice fields and along the coast.
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Postby rousseau » 15 Jul 2008, 09:54

urodacus wrote:the stray dogs are worse in the cemetery after dark, and the later it gets, the more brazen they are. be careful there after 9pm.

and the idiots who feed them think they are doing a Buddhist good deed. better by far would be to get rid of the damn things. even CNR as long as they don't keep feeding them. bastards. I would love to sue them for my serious crash last year that put me out of action for months.

It was dogs that did it? Damn. I've had a couple of close calls with dogs, too, and know a couple of guys who've gone ass over tits when dogs ran out into the road.

Did you post more about this crash anywhere here on Forumosa (or anywhere else)?
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