grandfeller wrote:I visit Taiwan every year or two to visit my wife's family. Last year rented a motorcycle and toured the east coast. Also rode around in Maolin, Kaohsiung. Loved it so much that I up and bought a motorcycle so I could take a tour every visit without the problem of trying to rent without an ARC (and without insurance - yikes).
I've been planning to ride from Kaohsiung across the Southern Cross Highway (20) to Taidong, then along the coast back to Kaohsiung, perhaps via the 199. But I read from another thread http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=106497&p=1388229&hilit=southern+cross#p1388229 that the road remains closed. Someone please tell me that a motorcycle can cross it? (I'll be on a 150cc cruiser-style motorcycle - not a scooter.) Even if it's closed to most people, I really really want to, plus I'm a nice guy, so that's probably enough to make the road available, right?
Google streetview images appear to be post-Morakot, so that's what made me think it's open. Anybody try riding Southern Cross Highway 20 on a motorcycle in the last couple months?
You could consider doing one of my tours when you visit. Both are sold out for 2012. But I'll probably have 3 for 2013. And it reduces the price if you have your own vehicle: http://hobbicide.com/M13Taiwan/