Brompton Bicycle Touring in Taiwan, 2017. Post # 04

The day started out with some light rain, so I hid under a bridge for a little bit. 

Brompton bicycle parked under a bridge

It wasn’t a bad place to hang out as it was part of a park with a river running through it. 

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a river

I just chilled for a while watching some older gentlemen fishing along the river. Since it wasn’t raining too bad, I decided to get rolling. 

Unfortunately, the rain picked up soon after and I traded hiding spots for a new one with a nice view of some rice fields:

Brompton bicycle tour Picture looking at a rice field from a gazebo

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a rice field

After about 30 minutes I had enough of sitting in this gazebo. I put on my rain gear and rode out of there. It’s not so bad riding in the rain when your gear is new. That water repellent coating hasn’t worn off yet. I even had some overshoes which work great. I couldn’t pull this look off in the summer – it would be way too hot. What’s the summer strat for rain? You’re soaked in sweat as it is. Bare skin is quite water resistant. Maybe swim trunks and a visor would do it. And some Crocs. Crocs are so hot in Japan. I know I’m in Taiwan but Crocs are still hot in Japan. 

I’m heading towards Beipu. Of course, I don’t know what’s there in terms of attractions. I’m just freestyling this thing and very likely miss out on many cool things to experience. But this is a bike tour. Just riding my bicycle. Bikes are so sick. You can go crazy far with very little effort. Until you run into those Taiwan hills. 

The following is not a picture of a hill, but a tunnel:

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of train tunnel

I learned the reason why there is a tunnel is because the hill was too much work to build a road upon. It was easier to bust a hole right through it so you don’t have to drag yourself up that hill if you were on a road. But as you can see, the tunnel is for trains.  For cars, scooters, and bicycles; there is indeed a road up the hill. 

The Brompton is not a climbing machine and I love to complain about it. Don’t let other bloggers out there fool you. Don’t believe it when someone tells you Brompton 6 speed is “the right 6.” This is some real world experience I’m sharing with you: Don’t do it. Do not come to Taiwan – the home of the highest peaks in East Asia – with a Brompton. Either carry no gear, or better yet, get an electric Brompton. But I don’t know if you can bring a huge battery like that on a plane. Check with your carrier. 

As the terrain levels out, I was greeted to scenery like this:

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a forest

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a rice field

Brompton bicycle tour Beautiful scenery

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a temple

I make it to Beipu, and it’s a great looking town. I’m into the older looking stuff, so this is right up my alley. If you’re into the classics also, check out Beipu. 

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of temple in Beipu Old Street, Taiwan

Brompton bicycle tour Picture of a charming storefront in Beipu Old Street Taiwan

Date of Ride: March 26, 2017; Guanxi to Beipu

Route: Mainly number 3

Moving time: 4:33:03

Distance: 27 km / 17 miles

Elevation gain: 340 meters /  1117 feet