From the Northernmost part of Taiwan to the Southernmost tip, we will be covering about 350KM today, onto Taiwan's little Hawaii beach, also known as Kenting!
With a mix of mountain and coastal roads, we're definitely looking forward to what the second day of our ride has to offer!
Who loves waking up and stuffing their hands and legs into squishy damp gloves and boots?
My gloves and boots are waterproof, but.. it's the user problem that caused the gears to get wet hahaha. Gloves - As explained yesterday. Boots - Well if you noticed the end of my jeans goes inside the boots, leading water directly into it. Besides, it really rained for damn long.
So now, I have to wear plastic bag over my socks to prevent it from getting soaked by the dampess of my inner boots. I think I should invest in a good pair of Gortex socks. Heard it's good.
Checked out of the hotel and we were greeted with a beautiful... are-you-kidding-me-it's-still-raining weather!
The stamina of this rain is really..
Okay okay, how about cheering ourselves up with some 7-Eleven breakfast? Haha oh you know when it comes to hotel bookings, I sometimes exclude the breakfast option because I'd prefer to sleep more than wake up early to eat :p
After minimally filling our tummies with some coffee and sandwiches, we dived right into Taroko Gorge National Park!
Entry into the park is Free.
Formed millions of years ago by the collision of the Philippine and Eurasian Plates that caused thick layers of limestone rock to rise over 3,000 metres high, the walls of Taroko Gorge are still rising till this day, at about 0.5cm per year, as the river basin sink deeper and deeper in depth.
The tectonic compression between the collision of the Plates supplied such a high pressure that metamorphosed the limestones into..
an abundance of marble.
Adding on the erosive power of the Liwu River constantly piercing through the marble rocks, forming the gorge valley we are standing in today.
If it's your first time here, I'd recommend you to go on a guided tour where your guide will walk you through the park, showing you the key points of interest and the history behind every one of it.
Having visited this park before (years back), we decided to ride through the gorges instead, occasionally stopping by the side to snap some pictures of the magnificent landscape around us and
pause for a moment to take it all in.
To be continued...