[ Wind Turbines & HSR ] West Miaoli Shore Ride Part 1

[ Wind Turbines & HSR ] West Miaoli Shore Ride Part 1

West Miaoli Shore Ride Summary

Background

I’ve always wanted to do a Taiwan west coastal self ride. It’s a nice change of scenery from all the mountain rides I did before.

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I did a west coastal ride through an event, on Express Way 61, but for riding alone I didn’t feel comfortable.

Yet after countless hours pouring into route planning I still couldn’t find a good one. The coastal routes were either segmented by big rivers, or they went through big towns with heavy traffic.

Around 2018 Lunar New Year I had luck to come up one near Miaoli. Thus I quickly set a day to do this West Miaoli Shore Ride.

Start: YuanLi

For this West Miaoli Shore Ride I began at a 7-11 near YuanLi 苑裡, a quiet area mostly with fields.

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Rice processing plant.

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In February rice fields were already harvested.

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Some random bike path here.

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Sunflower fields!

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There was a painted rice field point of interest here. Sadly I forgot the season was not here yet 🙁

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…. so what were you supposed to be?

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Cool 7-11 exterior.

Though the route we passed through an elementary school (ShanJiao Elementary). The school had a group of old Japanese era dormitories, which was pretty cool.

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Entrance.

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Dormitories on two sides were built in different era and thus had slightly different designs.

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Another cool thing I later found out about this West Miaoli Shore Ride route was it passed through many times Taiwan’s high speed train rail, either from above or through below.

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Rail 2nd pass.

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Rail 3rd pass.

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Some cool art with old stuff.

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Some sort of oil/gas storage fields.

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Passing through National Highway #3.

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Entering TongXiao

TongXiao & toward Shore

After passing National Highway #3 our West Miaoli Shore Ride entered TongXiao, a cool near-shore town featuring a beach …. right next to a coal fired power plant. LOL.

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The coal fired power plant.

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Town temple. The golden dog was for this year’s (2018) zodiac animal.

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A locally famous stuffed pan-fried bread (煎包).

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Near the northern end of TongXiao was a small hill where a Shinto Shrine was located.

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At the entrance was the town’s junior high.

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Hi doggy.

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A pretty cool shinto shrine.

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Further up the hill was some war monuments.

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TongXiao town view.

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Bike & battery!

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Having enough of the hill view, we went down and passed through TongXiao train station, ready to head onto near shore road.

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Entrance of the beach. LOL.

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TongXiao Harbor.

Near the TongXiao Harbor was a wide new road without any traffic. I was curious where it ended so I took a detour on it.

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A nicely built, nobody uses road for some sprinting practices!

VIDEO: Wide Lone Road

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Calm down bro.

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End of the road.

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Looking back.

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Back onto the normal country road.

At one point the road connected onto a seawall bike path. Time to enjoy some views!

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Old seawall monument.

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The old lady was making some dried veggies!

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VIDEO: Seawall Bike Path Ride

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End of this seawall segment. More to come!

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Play basketball near the shore?

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Someone was smart about old trains.

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End of seawall bike path.

Continue to Part 2!

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