The cycling group I recently joined, The Nantou City Power Cycling Club took a trip to Shanlinxi [杉林溪] on Sunday. Shanlinxi is about 17 kilometers uphill from the Xitou Recreational Forest Park [溪頭森林遊樂區].
My cycling team drove out early to avoid traffic. We unloaded our bikes just past the Xitou Recreational Forest Park entrance and cycled the 17 km / 400-500 meter climb to our destination. The views along the way were nothing short of magical.
Before long we made it to the Shanlinxi Forest Recrational Area and it was time for an exciting downhill journey back to the cars to grab lunch and head back to Nantou City.