Our mission today, ride the Keelung River Bikeway! We have heard so much about this bikeway in Taipei that we felt we needed to try it out. We spent a rather harrowing time riding through the city (traffic was madness) but once we got to the bikeway, the road was ours.
Along the way, the sights were great: open fields, the river, bird sanctuaries, and temples… sights we probably wouldn't see if we didn't ride in Taipei.
We even came across a baseball practice. And other happy riders.
We had the leisure to stop for tea and coffee, and even lunch, at cute little cafes along the route. We had hotdogs and coffee at this cafe.
And some lovely beef noodles with homegrown bamboo shoots at this cafe.
How I wish we could have taken one of these boats out with our bikes onboard. Maybe we can ask the next time.
We did get caught in some light to moderate rain, but nothing a disposable raincoat couldn't solve (NT20, or 86 cents only). We rode almost all day but didn't feel tired because the weather was lovely, with temperatures at around 25-27°C and light winds.
When we got back to the hotel, we washed up and treated ourselves to some unholy food at Shihlin Night Markets. There goes all that exercise. Ah well.
Here is map of the route we took on our First Day of Riding: