Sunday’s bike trip was a much briefer one than the previous week because I had a mountain of housework I didn’t get done on Saturday. This trip was much like the previous one, however, once I reached Bagua Rd. I turned right instead of left.
I traveled in the direction of Yuanlin [員林]. Bagua Rd is quite pleasant to ride along with a lot of interesting rural scenery along the way.
Along the way I passed by the road that led to the entrance to Houtanjing [猴探井], which I visited last year. I saw several cyclists turn onto that road so maybe I’ll give it another visit next time I’m up to see if I missed anything the first time around.
A sign pointing to the Baiguoshan Tengshan Trial [百果山藤山步道] peaked my interest, so I rode in that direction. Shortly into the trail there was a pretty popular breakfast place along the way. Here a couple hikers pass by a group of well-dressed cyclists:
The trail was much less busy that the Changcing Trail I went on last week:
After reaching the bottom of the trail, I started my journey back up. This trail is also much less strenuous the way back up than the Changcing Trail, either that or my endurance has increased several fold in a week [I’m going with the latter explanation].
After making my way back up I quickly explored some of the small roads around the area’s farms.
One of the roads led to a viewing platform of the lovely Changhua Plain [彰化平原]:
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While taking the pics for the panorama, a group of cyclists who were resting there began talking amongst themselves but loud enough for me and anyone within several miles to hear. A lot of times in Taiwan, people will assume you don’t understand what they are saying. In this case they were discussing my nationality: One guessed German while another responded, “No way, Germans are fatter.” I don’t know how many Germans he has met, but one thing’s for sure, out of those he has met or seen on TV, I am thinner than them.