Frank and family just got back from an exciting trip and was able to file this extended report to the NETT news room:
"We just got back from Taiwan. This time I was lucky enough to rent a bike and do two rides in the Yangmingshan Mountains. And two mountain runs as well. The added bonus this time was that Nicholas joined me for one of the rides, and Tina for one of the runs. I have added links to the recorded GPS and photos so you can get a sense of the workouts.
By the numbers:
- 35 lb. tour bike with triple cassette rented from the friendly people at http://www.show-taiwan.com/
- Two rides covering 66.5 miles with 11,040 ft. of climbing. Average speed not even 11mph.
- Two runs covering 17.2 miles with 3,985 ft. of climbing. Average pace around 8:40
- Number of 7-11 stores in Taiwan: 4,910
Ride 1 - http://www.strava.com/activities/144279184
|Nicholas at mile 0.6|
|At mile 3 (can you find Nicholas?)|
|Didn't get a photo of the monkeys but this is what it looks like|
|Taiwanese blue Magpie|
|The road up Mt. Cising with the fumaroles in the background|
|At the sulfur pits aka fumaroles|
|Resting near creek colored by sulfur|
|All smiles at the end of the ride|
Ride 2 - http://www.strava.com/activities/144274738
For this ride I went solo. It had been raining the day before so the days were a bit went. And it was a bit overcast which is actually not a bad thing in Taiwan. It was about 78F at the start of the ride and at the end it
|My companion for the day|
|A few low-hanging clouds over Mt Cising|
|Roads are good and all is green|
|Flower Clock in Yangmingshan Park|
Somehow, I managed to persuade Tina to do this run with me. Probably, because she really likes to run uphill. It was a nice sunny day without too much humidity so we were lucky. We started by going up the same 2 miles that Nicholas and I biked earlier. We ran it faster than we rode it. In total we ran up 1,800 ft. in just over 5.7 miles but with the downhill sections here and there it was closer to 2,500 ft. of total climbing.
|End destination is the building up on the hill|
Run 2: http://www.strava.com/activities/144272485
My last run is a run I have done before when visiting Taipei. Maybe not quite Mt. Washington but it is brutal. Just 0.6 miles from the apartment is a road that goes 2.6 miles up, up and more up – 1,221ft or 9% grade to be exact. Add to that 1) cars and scooters driving fast up/down the mountain will little attention to runners, 2) torrential rain and thunder creating ankle-deep streams of water in several places and 3) toast legs from hiking and carrying Emma a lot in the last 3 days. It wasn’t pretty but with several stops and jumps to the curb I made it safely up and down again. After the run, Tina told there had been a small earthquake while I was out there.
|Soaked after 60 minutes in torrential but warm rain|