This morning I embarked on the same route I cycled last week. This path brought me up to the Pingding Sacred Tree and down through Zhongliao [中寮鄉] on a slightly extended edition of a path I usually take.
Following the painted arrow towards Nantou is my usual route, but I hardly work up a sweat going in that direction anymore.
The gentle curves of Country Road #17:
There are many farms along this rural route, here Longan [龍眼] grow along the side of the road:
Stopping at Guangfu Elementary School [廣福國民小學] for a brief rest:
And spotting some Jack Fruit [菠蘿蜜] growing behind one of the playground’s basketball hoops:
Here’s a Common Tiger [Danaus genutia (黑脈樺斑蝶)], not to be confused with Danaus chrysippus, or a female Hypolimnas misippus. Those dark bands are a dead giveaway and from several meters away I recognized it and knew I haven’t taken a decent picture of one yet. Here’s the best I could do after an extensive crop after shooting with the Tamron 17-50 f/2.8:
The longest, straight road on the route:
The beautiful and clean Pinglin River [平林溪] below:
The same river, right before the road takes a short climb to County Road #139:
One last shot of Zhongliao before I head into the more developed Nantou City:
And finally, no trip would be complete without a stop to buy some pineapples to take home. The seller doesn’t use any chemicals on his crops so definately stop here if you find yourself in Nantou City and have a craving for pineapples. The stand is located on Nansiang Road [南鄉路] across from house #200:
Here’s a map of the fun: