The Best Cycling In Taiwan | Taroko Gorge With Giant Rental Bikes


good morning Taiwan! Two Wheel Cruise here! checking in in Hualien with my wife, Thuong she just arrived in Taiwan last night we took the late-night train here to Hualien from Taipei and today we’re going out for an adventure we’ll be cycling to taroko national park there’s a big typhoon in the south part of Taiwan right now lots of rain clouds affecting this area as well but we’ve got a little bit of a sunny break it looks like the mountains are a bit cloudy it might be a little bit risky but we’re up for an adventure we’ve got our matching shirts on today we’re totally standing out as tourists but that’s ok we’ve got our high visibility bright green shirts on perfect for cycling we’re making our way to the giant bicycle store to rent our bicycles for today and then we’ll be on the road so let’s go check back in at the giant store! we just picked up our bikes from the giant rental store this is my bike Thuong’s bike is this one and we got some sweet cute water bottles Thuong is pretty excited about we’re gonna go ahead and get started thank you just about ready to start our ride but first we got to grab some food we haven’t eaten anything yet luckily, there’s a 7-eleven convenience store right over here so we’re gonna grab a quick snack and then get on the road stocked up on some bread for later this is the red bean bread so luckily knowing kanji you know this means like red and this mean bean so can guess this is the red bean bread this is the Mexico bread it’s really good we’re not going to eat breakfast here we’re gonna keep going on and try and find some other place to eat breakfast not looking good for us weather-wise those are some massive clouds surrounding that mountain which we’re about to go enter we’ve started to make our way out of Hualien we’re going North along the East-coast river path right now and already just there’s all these planes flying around there must be some sort of military base nearby here because these aren’t like normal planes these are like military planes it’s It’s really loud, so I’m gonna put the camera away now.. so some first impressions I thought Japan had a lot of 7-elevens but they’ve got 7-eleven fever here in Taiwan There’s a new 7-eleven on every street block there’s one here and right back there it’s also weird riding on the right side of the road we usually ride on the left side of the road in Japan so far the scenery has been really awesome it’s really hot right now but it’s not so bad because the wind is really strong really happy to be out here cycling really happy everything worked out smoothly these rental bicycles are awesome! pretty fast and pretty solid and they got a lot of storage with the bags only complaint I have so far is those planes are really loud is this normal here? or is this a special military drill? if it happens everyday, it must be pretty annoying anyway continuing on hopefully get a ride along the coast and take the scenic route up into Taroko National Park great thing about Taiwan is all the public athletic facilities you see there’s just a little place to work out here here’s a this is a pretty bad example because this is a pretty rundown tennis court the main point is they have these facilities everywhere and here we go that seems to be a rundown one but right next to here we’ve especially in Taipei they have those parks everywhere so free public tennis courts free public basketball courts nothing like that in Japan there’s no place to play basketball or tennis outside for free there are a lot of tennis courts, but they require reservations and money months in advance one of the things I really love here about Taiwan is just the free public athletic facilities here we go this is their new Athletic Park it looks like beautiful really nice we’re also riding in sandals today her new sandals we bought in Vietnam my sandals we got in Vietnam and the reason for that is because it’s really sunny right here but it looks like it’s gonna rain over there so just in case it rains we’re protected so speaking of the military earlier it looks like we’re right by one of the military bases because they’ve got all the fences lined up here with the barbed wire and they had some pictures of the Jets on the walls looks like we’re on the right track Taroko National Park! stopping for a quick snack these look pretty good we’re gonna give it a try really hot out there we’re sweating pretty bad taking a quick break at the convenient to grab some cold sports drinks and stock up on some other snacks just in case because we’re about to go enter Taroko National Park so we’re gonna be climbing up into the mountains in a bit and we’re not sure how isolated it is how many shops are anything there’s gonna be there so I’m gonna stock up here real quick and cool off in the AC for a second about 20k in so it took us about 20 K to ride over here we also got that really good looking like bun that we’re pretty excited to try out so quick fuel up and then we’re going to be back on the road full of meat, Thuong’s favorite one of my favorite snacks here in Taiwan I think it’s called through joking so it’s like a peppered bread club this one’s a little bit different since the It’s so hot! but we’re gonna go back on the road hopefully it’s a bit cooler in the gorge looks like we might not get hit with rain it is still a bit cloudy over in the mountains but I’m crossing our fingers we might be lucky let’s get back on the road absolutely loving all of the canopy trees here and especially the bike lane here granted this is for the scooters and the bikes and stuff like that but cyclists can use them too there’s not much traffic really nice looks like we’re starting to enter the main gorge area we’ve got a little descent here and looks like we’re gonna be wedged in between the mountains right straight up ahead we haven’t even entered yet and I’m already getting a good feeling this is gonna be beautiful! the last 7-eleven before we enter mountains I forgot to mention in earlier in today’s vlog that today’s course is actually part of the Taiwan KOM challenge so a really popular hill climb race here in Taiwan this race is multiple times a year the year but I think the main one is in September or October or around there really want to participate in that one day today we’re not riding the full course it’s about 100 kilometres and climbs up over 3,000 meters of elevation gain pretty insane.. We’re not doing that on these bikes in these clothes.. hopefully we’ll do that another day today we’re just checking out the main attractions at the gorge and nearby the see some pretty cool stuff pretty soon looks like we got some restaurants and shops here we’ve arrived at the main entrance everyone stopped by this bridge taking pictures pretty cool site looks like a kind of dried-up river but a couple streams is still going they got water markers there by the bridge so I wonder if once upon a time or sometimes if there’s some bad flooding if the water level rises up to get up there they’ll be pretty insane considering how low it is right now anyway here’s the gate for the entrance to the park we’re gonna ride through that and go check it out and then already you can see some of the awesome cool little tunnels that we’re gonna pass through there’s one example right there most people come here by touring buses so I’m guessing we’re gonna run into a lot of those buses on the road time to begin starting with some absolute beautiful views just instantly as we entered the park all of those sort of like cave tunnels where you’re just going through and it’s rocks right here you can see we’re going through another one and these are actually as cool as they are these are a bit scary there was a local rider from in Japan where I live who was riding in this area last year and a falling rock hit his head which killed him and so you do need to be extra careful while you’re riding through here make sure you are wearing a helmet we rented some extra helmets from the giant store today as well those cost an extra 100 Taiwanese dollars for our whole trip which isn’t bad and men just loving riding through here even though it is a bit busy with cars the roads are a bit more narrow than the other roads but it’s not so bad everyone’s pretty polite and respectful because there’s lots of cyclists and pedestrians here but yeah just them being surrounded by like being in a gorge surrounded by tall massive mountains on both sides the beautiful river in the center and it’s just beautiful clear water beautiful bridges here’s a sign watch out for falling rocks especially now when it’s like storm season there’s all the typhoons heavy winds strong rains coming here must be really dangerous we’re about to go through this sort of big tunnel not super big but we just turned our lights on luckily these bikes came with lights coming out of the tunnel we got two different splits here we’re gonna go check out the what is this the Chung tun temple Oh Sun starting to come out beautiful view as we approach the temple over here in the waterfall there we go beautiful view of the waterfall and temple area over there key date on a demo Kimi hotel today Jenai I can’t emphasize our show properly in the camera how tall and how massive these mountains are but just take a look at this it looks like there’s a hiking path that goes up along here you can see sort of some trails built into the side of the mountain right there and this goes all the way all the way all the way up there’s also another shrine or temple over there as well so it looks like if you hike up you can get up to the other part don’t think we’re gonna do that today though we just took a look at the map to figure out where we are and what sort of attractions there are here and it looks like we just sort of went through loop so we’re gonna go back to where we just were and I think these are most of the main tourist attraction areas in here but we’re gonna try and continue and go climb up the mountain a little bit I’ll see how far I can convince tone to go until we decide to turn around so we’re gonna write a bit more of the kom climbing course hopefully get a few more beautiful sights in along the way all right let’s get back on the road looks like a pretty old bridge guess you can walk over that must be one of the parts of the hiking trails oh it says don’t enter so never mind don’t go there man just surrounded by beautiful sights no matter which direction you look it looks like they’re working on our new tunnel here so it’s pushing her way through the climb looks like the tunnel that we saw earlier it just comes out right here that’s really not that long only like a kilometer maybe to not shower where they’re making that but looks nice I’m gonna stop and take a quick break here right by the dam it looks like there’s a lot more water up here and they’re just filtering through the stem I think towing may have reached her limit so we’re gonna stop eat a snack and see she’s willing to continue or not so let’s eat some of the on phone with the red bean bread that we bought earlier these bags that were renting are pretty cool they’re not quite waterproof but they do have a waterproof cover that will come up in to protect it if we need it it’s got pouches in the backs for our drinks and yeah just really useful everything came included with the bike rental we paid 1,700 Taiwanese dollars for the three days came with all these the two bags in the back the back in the front we got a water bottle and the pump in computer lights everything so the spread turned out to be not just red bean but it’s got a little bit of cream inside there as well pretty good snack we’re in this little pavilion thing nice little rest stop by the dam beautiful view of the river from here full body of water now and really lucky with the clouds everywhere so far everywhere that we’ve been riding we haven’t been under the dark clouds yet they just seem to be stuck deeper in the mountains little break is over we’re gonna go back on the road let’s get going on to the next attraction we found one of the remaining tourist spots looks like it’s gonna be a pretty tough climb I asked him do you want to climb this or not and she’s like let’s just do it and so we’re gonna give it a try not sure how high we’re gonna go not sure how beautiful the site is going to be up at the top but we’re gonna start climbing so that was a little tough of a climb to get up here and up at the top here we’ve got this kind of like recreational center lots of families out here most people would be driving up here there’s also a couple of buses that came up here and not quite sure all there is to do but we don’t have too much time to stick around but it looks like you can keep hiking a little bit up to the top we were hoping to be able to ride our bikes to the top and get a really nice view so we came all the way here we might as well check out this little hiking path here and see if there’s a nice view up at the top this says the the village hotel or something so we’re gonna try and I guess we could ride up this but we’re probably going to walk up it after finding a few signs and reading a bit of more about this place found out that this is kind of like the region where the more indigenous old Taiwanese population used to live and have kind of like a tribe I guess so we’ve got some statues here we just climbed up to the top of that road and they’ve got the hotel here so all decorated in the old fashioned style I guess the old style kind of reminds me a bit of like the Native American population in the US so we’ve got some designs decorated all over the place looks like they have some nature paths and some unique places built all over the area pretty cool so let’s try and explore a little bit more before we head back some nice artwork here so up here it looks like this is kind of where the hotel connects to looks like they’ve got some more like older style buildings and I guess you can stay here camp out here and sort of experience like the older lifestyle I guess a bunch of hiking paths hiking trails all around pretty cool place anyway I think that’s all we’re going to explore here for now we don’t have too much time got to start heading back before it gets dark so we decided to continue on and go to the last and final stop on the trail it was so close we had to do it this is called swallow grotto and another beautiful view of the gorge right here apparently in this section you also need to wear helmets everyone’s got helmets on all the regular pedestrians as well luckily we’ve already got our helmets co-op so they’ve got little holes oh wow this is beautiful little holes going in here Wow the wall over there is just awesome just not quite there’s another one over here Wow check out all those holes over there massive drop that is really cool it is so beautiful here nothing quite does it justice I’ve seen videos of the race footage from the ko I’m challenged and we’re riding through that main gorge area right now just super wide open and insanely beautiful unfortunately going to call it quits for right now we’ve got about two and a half hours till sunset and it’s going to take us about that long to get home so we’re heading back hopefully it’ll be mostly just sent out of here totems pretty low on energy and we’re going to get some food at the end once we exit out of the mountains anyway here’s a nice beautiful montage of our ride back we’re just exited teracle National Park had a blast going down that descent that was really nice and we’re at about 55 KN completely done on sandals and feet are starting to hurt right now because they’re not as stiff as I’d like them to be for this kind of long ride but tongues holding up pretty good but we’re gonna go get some food right now because we’re brilliant hungry we haven’t eaten a real solid meal all day we’ve just been eating sort of snacks like bread it different actually mostly just bread so we’re gonna get our reward meal and search for some good food so let’s see what food options we can find here Iman Oh Joshua mom I guess we that makes you suckers old so we stopped by the convenience store which is one of the few places that’s open and we got some milk they’re really famous with their soy milk here this is one of my favorite ones that I drank last time no sugar high fiber and chunks gonna try the papaya milk I also got sunburned by the way you can see here I didn’t ripe any sunscreen on my knees so a little bit of sunburn but nothing bad anyway let’s let’s drink some milk unfortunately this is going to be the end of our day trip recycling ride from qualia into tautoko National Park for anyone who’s in the area and thinking about renting bikes and doing this route we highly recommend it we had a great time checking out all the beautiful views in the mountains but definitely be prepared there is a decent amount of climbing despite the beautiful weather that we had for most of the day we did get hit with a little bit of rain for our ride back home if you’re interested in following us with some more videos of us cycling around Taiwan or also watching some of our other videos cycling around Japan be sure to subscribe to our channel if you haven’t already you can also click the link for our playlists of our videos here in Taiwan and also a playlist of our other cycling videos thanks 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