- YiLan No 7 Highway Ride First Try Summary:
- Start: Jim & Dad Brewing Company
- Beginning of No. 7 Jia Section
- NanShan Village
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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.
- No. 7 Highway allows big buses.
- Few fast driving rednecks.
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.
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.
Villa like brewery building.
Note: as in my last YiLan ride, be aware of sand trucks at the first few kms.
Dragon fruit planting rods.
DaTong aboriginal village.
SongLuo village (松羅部落)
Great wide river valley.
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.
“Jia” Branch starting point.
Here we passed a bridge through the other side of river valley.
DaTong Middle High.
Local forest management office.
Passing through single lane section.
An open valley at front.
Here in the mountain areas there were lots of cabbage fields.
Soon we crossed again the river valley and enter NanaShan Village.
Farm and big mountains!
The front mountain was TaoShan (桃山), more than 3200 meter high.
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.