- North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride Summary
- Mt WuFen Radar Station Climb
- VIDEOS: Descending from Radar Mountain!
- ShiFen Water Fall
- VIDEO: ShiFen Waterfall 360
- VIDEO: ShiFen Waterfall Drone Flying Back
- ShiFen Town and Sky Lantern
- VIDEO: Releasing Sky Lantern
- Onto State #2 Bin
- VIDEO Passing State #2 Bin Tunnel
- VIDEO: Descending from the Tunnel!
- Continue to Part 2!
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North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride Summary
- Self Ride.
- Starting/ending Location: RuiFang Family Mart 瑞芳全家
- Bike Length: ~ 97 km. Elevation gain: ~ 1000 m.
- Hill profile: One medium and one small.
- Good for: base training.
- Route Highlights:
I have been wanting to do a proper (~100km) North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride. The last ride in this area was shorten due to rain, so I’m still not satisfied.
Heavy rain last time in this area. Couldn’t see anything.
Now as the weekend weather would be nice and I’m traveling next week, I decided to do what I used to do in the US: one -day drive-ride combination. So I wake up at 4:30am and drive 2.5 hours to Taipei ready for a ride.
In this North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride I decided to do counter clockwise. First on #106 with a detour to Radar Station, then headed toward the coastal bike path, then went back through the famous cat village.
We began our ride on the quiet #106.
See the caterpillar?
Some sort of industrial area.
Some crazy religious building.
Cross and mountains!
Some old Taiwan political party sign…
Mt WuFen Radar Station Climb
At the middle of #106 was a climbing detour of our North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride. It was a long gradual climb where the top was a weather radar station.
The side road toward the radar station.
Great views here.
Signs showing remaining distance to the top.
And there was the radar station!
And soon we reached the top!
Great north east Taiwan mountains.
Having enough of the views, we were ready to do the fun descend!
VIDEOS: Descending from Radar Mountain!
ShiFen Water Fall
After descending from the Radar Mountain we continued on #106 and reach the 2nd stop of our North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride: ShiFen 十分。Here there was a cool waterfall to check out.
“ShiFen Scenic Area.”
You could barely see the radar station here as well!
As the waterfall is accessible only by foot, it’s time to take out my drone and did some flying and aero shots!
Could you guess where was the waterfall?
Bridge to the waterfall.
A little 180 turn and we saw the waterfall!
VIDEO: ShiFen Waterfall 360
VIDEO: ShiFen Waterfall Drone Flying Back
ShiFen Town and Sky Lantern
Having some nice shots of the ShiFen Waterfalls, the next stop of our North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride we went into ShiFen town and took a look.
Many sky lantern themed stuff here.
Passing small town alleys.
Inside the town was an old rail part now turned into tourist spot.
Surprisingly here there were people releasing sky lantern to the sky!
Sky lantern tourists.
Draw whatever you want on it.
VIDEO: Releasing Sky Lantern
Petting a cat!
At the side of ShiFen train station there was a suspension bridge to the other river side.
Onto State #2 Bin
From ShiFen we took State #2 Bin and started toward east, heading for the coastal part of our North East Taiwan Mountain Coastal Ride. State #2 Bin had bike path on it and riding it was very comfortable.
Nice purple flowers.
In the middle there was a long tunnel, good for some cooling away from the sun!
VIDEO Passing State #2 Bin Tunnel
Right after the tunnel was a great descend part with awesome valley views!
VIDEO: Descending from the Tunnel!
Along the way there were some lotus fields!
Very narrow house…
And soon we arrived at the town in the middle of State #2 Bin: ShuangXi 雙溪。