[ True BIG River Valley! ] YiLan No 7 Highway Ride First Try 宜蘭台7線初試騎

[ True BIG River Valley! ] YiLan No 7 Highway Ride First Try 宜蘭台7線初試騎

YiLan No 7 Highway Ride First Try Summary:

  • Self ride.
  • Starting/ending Location: Jim & Dad Brewing Company, YiLan (吉姆老爹啤酒廠)
  • Bike Length: ~ 60 km.
  • Hill profile: Up.
  • Good for: Adventure ride.
  • Caution:
    • No. 7 Highway allows big buses.
    • Few fast driving rednecks.

Background

I’ve always wanted to do the No. 7 Highway from YiLan. Starting from YiLan, Taipei’s back garden, the No. 7 Highway goes almost straight into Taiwan’s 2nd highest mountain area (Mt. Sylvia) and into Shei-Pa National Park territory.

What’s even more cool is the scale of the river valley which No. 7 Highway from YiLan follows. It is currently the only river valley in Taiwan with mountains at two sides go over 3000 meters.

Unfortunately doing No. 7 Highway was tricky for me. Not only it was a 3 hour drive from TaiChung, but its high altitude and northern Taiwan location made it hard to do both in all seasons.

This time initially I wanted to reach FuSouShan (福壽山), but due to the shitty winter north Taiwan weather I was forced to stop my YiLan No 7 Highway Ride way earlier near NanShan Village (南山部落).

Start: Jim & Dad Brewing Company

The starting point of YiLan No 7 Highway Ride was Jim & Dad Brewing Company, a craft beer brewery famous for its Kumquat ale.

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Villa like brewery building.

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Note: as in my last YiLan ride, be aware of sand trucks at the first few kms.

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Dragon fruit planting rods.

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DaTong aboriginal village.

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SongLuo village (松羅部落)

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Great wide river valley.

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YingShi Village.

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Beginning of No. 7 Jia Section

After a while our YiLan No 7 Highway Ride reached the branch section. The No. 7 route continued over the mountains towards TaoYuan’s ShiMen Reservoir, while we would ride the “Jia” branch further along the big river valley.

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“Jia” Branch starting point.

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Here we passed a bridge through the other side of river valley.

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DaTong Middle High.

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Local forest management office.

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Passing through single lane section.

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An open valley at front.

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Looking back.

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Here in the mountain areas there were lots of cabbage fields.

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MaoAn Village.

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NanShan Village

Soon we crossed again the river valley and enter NanaShan Village.

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Farm and big mountains!

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The front mountain was TaoShan (桃山), more than 3200 meter high.

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Cabbages and mountains.

At NanShan Village the fog started to come in, and so I decided to halt my ride and save for next time.

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