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Postby plasmatron » 29 Nov 2006, 10:53

If you guys are coming down the 3, here's the route to avoid the madness of Feng Yuan City and the hellish outskirts of Taichung City... It looks complicated but it's not really...

So you come barreling down the 3, until you get to Dong Shi (Tong Shr, etc)... You'll be looking to follow the signs that indicate Taichung, Provincial3, 129 and/or all the above, as you come through Dong Shi proper you'll want to aim for the massive bridge over the river, the bridge is still the 3, so you can't go wrong...
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So you'll follow the road right at A, cross the bridge and at the first lights immediately after the bridge need to take the left at B... It'll be sign posted 129 / Taichung / all or none of the above, it's a comparatively small road, but there will be a lot of traffic going up it...
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From there it's basically plain sailing since it's the 129 all the way into town and the parking lot we're aiming for, but even then it's a nice efficient route in Taichung City proper if you just keep going into town on Tai Tuan Rd....
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You'll need to turn twice to keep on the 129, the first time is at C after a long tree lined straight, you'll be looking to take a right onto another long straight through an orchard of sorts... the turn is sign posted Taichung / 129 etc, again it's the only route in, so there should be cars to follow... Next after staying on the 129 through umpteen nondescript villages etc, you'll pass a gas station on your right and arrive at bizarre traffic circle of sorts at D where you'll want to aim downhill following the 129 / Taichung signs down the twisty hill into town...
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Once you get to the bottom of those twisties you're basically in Taichung, you'll go right past Llary and Capt. Stag's places and keep on the 129 al the way in, being careful to take the left fork at E towards the traffic lights, *not* towards the tree/temple traffic circle... If you keep on down the 129 though a couple of lights, you'll soon hit a T junction which is the corner of Bu Zi Rd (which you'll be on) and Tai Yuan Rd. turning right onto Tai Yuan Rd. will put you spitting distance from the residential area / parking lot we're aiming for...
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If you keep on straight down TaiYuan it'll take yo directly into Taichung proper, under the railway lines and to the corner of Tai Yuan Rd. and Bei Tuan Rd.
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Postby Stefan » 29 Nov 2006, 16:01

thanks plasma, we'll definately find it.

i just had a brief talk with adam the instructor, and he asked to schedule the kick-off to 11AM, so just one hour later as previously announced. He'll be coming down from taipei that morning and just needs a little bit more time.

so, it's set then: Sunday, Dec. 3rd., 11AM, at the place as seen above on the maps. Looking forward to see you there.
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Postby Dangermouse » 29 Nov 2006, 16:39

Thanks Plasmatron - that way is nice and easy.

I usually turn left and go down the 8, then take a right at the collapsed suspension bridge into the mountains but it's al little more complicated.

I'll be in TaiChung at about 11. See you there.
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Postby Captain Stag » 01 Dec 2006, 12:15

If the weather is good, I'll make it out there on Sunday (minus the GS, it's still in pieces at BMW) with the scooter.

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Postby Stefan » 01 Dec 2006, 16:27

you're most welcome. good to have you back. seems your recovery is real fast. glad to hear that. 2 thumbs up.
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Postby Dangermouse » 01 Dec 2006, 17:11

How big is the area in Taichung? I have devised a course but need to know how much space I have. Is there enough room to get over 50 Km/h safely (perhaps in a bend)?

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Postby lupillus » 01 Dec 2006, 18:03

Um, I probably should have thought of this earlier, but would anyone happen to have space in their livingroom around the Taichung-ish area and also be kind enough to let me crash there Saturday night? :oops:
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Postby Captain Stag » 01 Dec 2006, 19:02

@Dangermouse. I drove by the spot today and it looked clear enough to make a 50km/h bend(s). It's a huge parking lot that hasn't opened yet and the rows are divided by grass medians. The medians turn the lot into neat rows, so you can make turns at the end of the medians.

@lupillus...I have a guest bedroom with 2 spare beds here, so you are welcome to stay here if you wish. I live near the place where we will have this event. However, I will be out at a friend's place tomorrow evening/night so I won't be home until a bit later....what's your plan for coming down?

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BTW: If anyone else needs a place to stay, let me know...I have a good set-up for guests.
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Postby Dangermouse » 02 Dec 2006, 00:18

Superb - thanks Captain Stag. I have a course in mind which can be varied, but the 50 km/h collision avoidance part may put even the most advanced riders to the test - we'll see if setting up the course works on the day.
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Postby redwagon » 02 Dec 2006, 01:58

Guys, I think I will be around on Sunday. I don't have a bike to use, but I can hang out and help wherever, and I have some walkie-talkies to offer.

Someone has thought to bring a first-aid kit, right? :wink:
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