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Touring Taiwan (formerly KS to Taipei via Provin. 1)

Postby csisfun » 24 Mar 2011, 17:52

Hi,

Just wondering what you guys think of cycle touring Taiwan this way? I was looking for a route from KS to Taipei, but couldn't find one, so I decided to follow the most obvious way, the Taiwan Provincial Highway 1. However, I don't know if this road is very packed and unsuitable for riding, so I would need advice from people who know better...

The reason why I am cycling so specifically from South to North is that I want to do something special for my 21st next month... and I discovered I like solitude of nature and aloneness. I have around 10 days of which I suppose I can spend 7 days cycling the 440km of Provincial 1, or the 360km for the most direct way from KS to TP as Google Maps suggests.

What do you guys think?
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby Mucha Man » 24 Mar 2011, 18:16

Provincial 1 is almost always the worst, most blighted, dirty, unscenic route you can take.
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby Nuit » 24 Mar 2011, 18:59

csisfun wrote:so I decided to follow the most obvious way, the Taiwan Provincial Highway 1.... I like solitude of nature and aloneness....


You're winding us up, right? :cool:

Get some decent maps, the pocket sized Guides for each County are pretty good, and meander through the back roads. Might take you a day longer, but it'll be more memorable.
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby Vorkosigan » 24 Mar 2011, 19:06

Hwy 1 is a blight on humanity. It should be destroyed and the earth salted beneath it as a lesson to the next ten thousand generations that some things come at too high a price.

Instead, take 3 along the mountains in the south. When you get into the Jhushan area, switch to 21 and go over to Dongshih, then resume 3 through Miaoli.
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby baberenglish » 24 Mar 2011, 19:25

every 500 meters there is a traffic light, even out in the country side....
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby navillus » 24 Mar 2011, 21:01

csisfun wrote:I want to do something special for my 21st next month


If you want to do something special, catch a train to Taipei and cycle down the east coast to Taidong. Depending on your time constraints, you can either take a train back to KH or keep on riding.

The west coast offers one grimy town after the other, and not a lot more. You'd have to go inland a little to get any enjoyment out of it.
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby ludahai » 24 Mar 2011, 22:01

Vorkosigan wrote:Hwy 1 is a blight on humanity. It should be destroyed and the earth salted beneath it as a lesson to the next ten thousand generations that some things come at too high a price.

Instead, take 3 along the mountains in the south. When you get into the Jhushan area, switch to 21 and go over to Dongshih, then resume 3 through Miaoli.


I like this option as well... note two things... you have to get on 8 after 21 to get to Dongshi District... if you are going to overnight in that area, take 8 to Guguan in Heping District and enjoy a hot spring for the evening before setting off on 8 back to Dongshi and up to Zhuolan in Miaoli County...

Also, that is a very hilly ride, so be prepared... it will take you to Sun Moon Lake before you get to Taichung City, which is really nice too... go around the lake if you have time... and eat in downtown Yuchi... some good things to eat there...
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby ludahai » 24 Mar 2011, 22:04

Muzha Man wrote:Provincial 1 is almost always the worst, most blighted, dirty, unscenic route you can take.


Agreed... I only ride it when it is more practical than other routes when I have to go through Zhanghua County... I prefer routes 19 and 14 when I have time to spare...
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby csisfun » 24 Mar 2011, 23:28

Excellent responses, I guess no Provincial 1 then... based on your responses, I plotted this map on Google Maps to get a feel of the distance. Any comments?

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 83026&z=10
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Re: Kaohsiung to Taipei via Provincial 1?

Postby ludahai » 25 Mar 2011, 06:32

csisfun wrote:Excellent responses, I guess no Provincial 1 then... based on your responses, I plotted this map on Google Maps to get a feel of the distance. Any comments?

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source= ... 83026&z=10


I can really only comment on central Taiwan...

Depending on how much time you have, I would head up to Sun Moon Lake from Route 14 to 21 and go around the lake. And again, if you are going to overnight in Taichung, take the short ride east on Route 8 to Guguan and enjoy a hot spring...

Enjoy your ride and give us a report...
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