Hengchun Township Ride 16.3Km
We met up with the biking members from Formosan Serow Biking Club at 8am in Kaohsiung Extreme Sport Center. Together 11 bikers, 2 pick-up trucks and 2 cars set out to Hengchun Township in Pingtung County, somewhere near to Kenting for a leisure ride. The southern island ride covered 16.3km and it took us to Longshei Police Station where they provide all the biker's need from a cold refreshment to bike repair if needed. We later rode on to Guanshan Temple and had a bird eye view of the coast but too bad it was hazy on that day. About 1.5km south of the temple, we stop over for a lunch break where they served the famous intestinal glutinous rice with sausage. After the break we headed down the coast and rode back to our vehicle.
From there we drove down to the infamous Chateau Beach Resort where the Taiwanese movie "Cape No.7" was filmed. After a hot sunny day ride, a cold dip in the beautiful blue sea was welcoming. Ah Kuei our ride leader was having a presentation on Biking and Hobie festival at the resort and thanks to AK, we were able to use the facilities and he managed to arrange an accommodation for a night at the resort.
Day 02 Mon 6 Apr 09
Kenting Ride 19km
Spent the morning enjoying the sun, sand and beach at Chateau Beach resort
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Riding around Kenting and Sheding Nature Trial Park
You will need to purchase ticket to get into Kenting National Recreation Park, bikes are not allow in the park.
About one kilometer south of the Kenting National Recreation Park, there is a trail. I wanted to use this trail to head to the eastern part of the island but was cut short by fences and gates. I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of 3 deers along the way but they were too fast for my camera. If you head further south of the path, it will lead you to Sheding Nature Trail Park. The condition in Sheding Nature Trial Park is in really bad state. Towards the southern trail, there were overgrow weeds till some part of the path were missing.
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We started cycling in the late morning to Koushe, the plan was to cycle to Maer and Anpo and make a round turn back on route 185 to SiaJia Campsite. Some how I made the wrong turn and ended up the mountain road. We cycled 8km up the mountain and took us almost 2hrs to rach 582mtrs high. However it was a good ride, we took our time. There was not even a single car on the mountain road.
Total distance for the day 22Km
Day 05 SiaJia 09 Apr
SiaJia - Sandimen Ride 18.7Km, Maolin Dona
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Another day another ride. An easy casual ride that took us to Sandimen and back. The ride cover 18.7Km. The only tough part of the ride was a step 2km climb to Sandimen. Nothing really special at Sandimen, if I have a choice I will not stop by the place again. The only place I might stop by is the restaurant that we had lunch. They have a great view but too bad the day was hazy. We ordered, wild rabbit, pin-lan flower and wild corn field rat... yes rat!!! It tasted like chicken. They have other exotic dishes but already the 3 dishes and a bottle of beer was enough for both of us.
The afternoon we decided to head up Maolin for bike camp. It was a total disappointment at Dona Hot Spring camp site. They wanted to charge us NTD350 for a camp area and place was total run down. There were many tents at the campsite but they look like they have been camping there for months. Some even built rooms at the campsite. This will be my last trip to Dona until I hear they revamp the place. So sadly and disappointed we decided to end our journey and head back to Kaohsiung.
Dona Hot Spring Campsite