Originally just a training ride for Josh and Douglas, we planned to ride from the Guanshan bike depot to Danshui where the Danshui River enters the ocean, north of Taipei.
Josh contacted Chiu to see if he could come up and the answer an immediate YES! Chiu's friend who built his bike, also a foot-powered recumbent rider, said he would come along as well, joined by a few of his recumbent friends in Taipei. This doubled our numbers from just a handful to a group of ten!! We also has a member of Health, Bike, Life (生命勵) join us for the ride.
It only took about an hour to ride to Guandu (關渡) via Shezi Bridge (社子大橋) where we had Japanese food at a place called Donburi (丼布狸) before moving on to Danshui, which had some of the first (moderately) challenging uphills, but nothing like what Yunnan is going to bring though!!
We followed the same route back to Guanshan where Douglas tried out Chiu's recumbent handcycle and we had some great Kuei-shan (桂山牌) pineapple popsicles - a great end to the day!
Distance - 48km
Riding time - ~4hrs