We didn't get enough of Taipei's bikeways so we decided to ride westward on the Danshui River Bikeway (淡水腳踏車道), also known as the Tamsui Bikeway. This was way more challenging because there was a hill in our planned route.
We rode our Tern Link P9 and Bike Friday Tikit folding bicycles provided by My Bike Shop along the Danshui River Bikeway, which is not as pretty as the Keelung River one, but still very functional to ride on. The weather today was hot, and the sun was going to make us tanned hunks (or more like Bak Kua). We made sure to drink lots of water to avoid heat exhaustion.
We had a cold Chin Chow drink at the street of 景文街 (Jingmei St) where the 景美夜市 (night market) is. It was a much needed stop.
After we rode past the Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola (貓空纜車), we finally reached our biggest challenge: going up Fudekeng hill (福德坑復育園區, Fudekeng Repopulation Park). We tried riding for a while but eventually had to push our bikes up.
It was doubly hard because we made a wrong turn somewhere and bombed downhill only to realise we made a mistake, and had to push our bikes uphill twice.
There are two major things on the hill. The refuse collection services and cemeteries. Not exactly very lovely things to look. There were sculptures in the park and when we got to the top, the view was surprisingly awesome.
It was definitely worth the effort.
We then went downhill (the most fun part) towards 中華科技大學 (China University of Science and Technology) and cycled towards the Keelung River Bikeway that would take us home.
By the time we got back to the hotel, we had ridden more than six hours and my face was salty. But it was a fun and rewarding day. I spent a long time taking my shower (to get clean lah).
Here is map of the route we took on our Second Day of Riding: