Sat 11 Nov 2017 My first post on Cycling around Taiwan written after 9 days & 431 miles of biking.
Under the stairs on a A380-800
The 15 hours of flying to Taiwan then a 8 hour leap into the future took its toll on me leaving me a bit of a wreck on arrival although discovering I could have UNLIMITED mobile internet for a month at NT$1000 (£25) cheered me up no end 🙂 ( as I write this I’ve used 39GB and service coverage has been 100%.
The Ty Motel picked me up and my badly damaged cardboard box with the bike and took me to their room complete with integral garage to reassemble the Schwinn bike, fortunately, no bits were missing although I’m left with trying to get a box for the way home. The night was marred by torrential rain and the room leaking over the bath area 🙁
Hopefully, more posts to follow soon…..
For the confused, the Day number above is the number of days since I was born.
Our Great North ride ended in Edinburgh a full 444 miles from Sally’s back door. places we stayed at and distances travelled are:-
The whole trip was very enjoyable with reasonably kind weather a bit blowy in Yorkshire where I’m sorry to say the Esk Valley 30% hills, after the first couple, rather defeated us so we detoured onto the main A171 into Guisborough a surprisingly lovely market town with a good choice of eateries, unfortunately, the Gisborough Hall Hotel was very disappointing for Sally’s birthday. Another market town of note was Horncastle and the delightful refurbished Admiral Rodney Hotel.
Our stay on Holy Island was excellent too, so quiet when all the day trippers leave 🙂 another highlight was remeeting John & Charlotte over a lovely home cooked meal in Newcastle ( I first met them when I was biking around Cuba). Standing in front of the Angel of the North was inspiring too.
After a very cross-country ride from Holy Island we bumped into Sally friends Cheryl & Ash whilst we were watching the live action of Netflix making the Outlaw King film in Berwick. Amazing to see all the detail to convert the quayside back a few centuries, fortunately, we found the last remaining b&b room in the town, winners of the TripAdvisor awards last year too! The final days ride to Edinburgh saw our first punctures of the trip, one each.
Edinburgh was excellent once the rain stopped and we managed a good walk up Arthurs Seat and a visit to the cornucopia of middle Eastern rugs etc in the aptly named Nomads Tent shop. My nephew’s recommendation of Mothers India Cafe was excellent perhaps the best-organised restaurant I’ve ever been too.
The trains home worked well and I think Sally is now sold on the idea of multi-day biking carrying your own stuff!
Some pictures are here, please note more will be added later.
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Cycling with Topeak MTX bag
It’s that time of the year again when Sally is about to finish another trip around the sun so time for another joint trip. Previous years have seen as go to China, Turkey, Morocco, France, Majorca and Hungary. This year Sally wanted to do a multi-day bike ride, she didn’t fancy taking her bike on a plane so a UK trip was called for.
So this morning we waited for the rain to abate and with our smart new individual Topeak MTX luggage system with the MTX beam rack all encased in the custom rain cover we headed of in a northward direction towards the Lincolnshire Wolds with a lovely strong wind from the South pushing as along merrily.
My new gizmo the “Guardian Angel Radio Frequency Tracker” – which I’m using to try and keep us together when cycling worked great! The mini siren sounding when Sally was out of range ~15 yards or so. Enabling me to slow down safely. How long its puny batteries will last remains to be seen. The device packaging needs a revamp as well for cyclists but I see its made in Taiwan so maybe when I visit I can get it sorted. Thanks to @embedded_iot @amcewen and @lyndsaygirton for the help in locating the location device 🙂
We made the 62 miles to the Admiral Rodney Hotel in Horncastle in a great time with only a couple of tea breaks. A bit of consternation on checking in as I had stupidly made the booking for next Sunday 🙁 The hotel itself has just been refurbished and is very pleasant with a great dinner. The town itself seems to have survived the sixties and is really a very pleasant market town.
The Strava is:
and some pics are here:
Todays little ride was to visit the Blue Egg Cafe which is South of Great Bardfield in Essex. Someone at my party recommended it to us last weekend.
cycle.travel created a lovely 60 mile return route. For Sally and I It was a late start – after 11am delayed by a visit to the new Decathlon store followed by a rain shower. Unfortunately by the time we were climbing up to Balsham the heavens opened up with torrential rain making the road into a river 🙁 we sheltered under the eaves of a barn until the worse was over. We arrived in Balsham as the proverbial drowned rats and pretty cold 🙁 fortunately two of our CRC walking buddies were at home and took us in for a cuppa 🙂 sheltering in their conservatory, well away from any soft furnishings, as the next cloudburst passed over. After this the rain stopped and we decided to continue on the planned route 🙂 through lovely villages and quiet roads except for 3 builder nutters in a pickup truck trying to give us a shave 🙁
The Blue Egg Cafe is superb with fresh home made bread and cakes in very large portions 🙂 A decent cafe stop and a reasonable 30 miles from Cambridge.
The way back was sunny but with a coldish headwind 🙁 The worst bits were crossing and recrossing the A1307 to get into Linton plus a footbridge and rough tracks either side over the A11 butthis was followed by a lovely surprise, a real cycle track towards Sawston!
Todays Strava worked from the Apple Watch perfectly and my new cordless charger for it works too 🙂
A few photos are on Flickr