[ It BURNS! ] HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride Part 2 新竹海河單車道騎之二

[ It BURNS! ] HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride Part 2 新竹海河單車道騎之二

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HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride

To BeiPu Old Street

After our HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride reached Emei (峨嵋), we briefly took the Provincial Highway #3, then onto farm road to BeiPu Old Street (北埔老街).

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Green rice fields.

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View from BeiPu.

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Lei Cha (擂茶), traditional Hakka tea.

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Main local temple.

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“Cough”  times 11.

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Town hall rooster statue.

At this point the temperature reached over 100 fahrenheit. After having tons of Lei Cha smoothie and tea we continued our HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride’s last climbing section over BaoShan Reservoir No. 2 & 1.

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… why the elephant?

BaoShan Reservoir No. 2 & 1

Although extremely hot during my ride, the road through the reservoirs was very nice during cooler weather. Traffic was few, views were great, and with decent ups and downs.

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BaoShan No. 2 Reservoir sign.

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Looking back at BeiPu’s mountains.

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Birds.

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Somebody’s big mansion.

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BaoShan Reservoir No. 1

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To TouQian River Bike Path

After crossing two reservoirs, our HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride reached ZhuDong (竹東), the eastern part of HsinChu City. Here we rode near the river onto TouQian River Bike Path 頭前溪自行車道.

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Fields near the river.

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High rise road and rail to HSR HsinChu station on the other side.

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Without any signs, the TouQian River Bike Path east entrance was right below Expressway #68 at here. Be cautious of sand trucks when crossing the river side road!

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Well hidden bike path.

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Temperature was much lower under the bridge.

VIDEO: TouQian River Bike Path

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Not very useful bike path information.

The TouQian River Bike Path was well paved and wide. But be aware of scooters on bike lane.

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Even baseball players stayed in the shade.

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Unfinished bridge.

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Minimal speed here was 40 miles per hour.

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Getting closer to the ocean!

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Continued right.

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Eventually the bike path ended at Expressway #68’s starting point. I guess in the future it would continue toward the nearby harbor and connected to coastal bike path.

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Bike path end.

NanLiao Fishing Harbor & Coastal Bike Path

In our last HsinChu Coastal River Bike Path Ride section we visited the NanLiao Fishing Harbor, then headed onto the famous HsinChu 17 km Coastal Bike Path back to our starting point.

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Seafood restaurant at the harbor.

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The harbor was under reconstruction, probably because of election day getting close.

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Information center sign.

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The other harbor side.

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Again, the coastal bike path entrance was hidden and took some time to find.

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Although the HsinChu 17 km coastal bike path was more famous, I personally prefer TouQian River bike path. It was better paved without the bumpy tiles, and there was no these annoying electric 4-people tandem bikes blocking the way.

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This was getting old…

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Annoying electric tandem bikes.

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Ice cream & snack truck.

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Also for some reasons there were tons of rainbow bridges.

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Rainbow Bridge No. 1

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Another one.

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Yet another one.

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Even with strong winds, temperature still topped 95 Fahrenheit!

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Finally reaching the endpoint, again at a point of nowhere.

For getting back to our starting point, we rode through part of an old rail section with two tunnels.

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Old rail section. Wish I had a gravel tire on.

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The end!

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