Taiwan, undoubtedly finds its way to the bucket list for every vivacious cyclist. It is known for its themed restaurants, bubble tea, fascinating night markets but what tops the list is their bicycling culture. The island is indeed a premier destination for all the cyclists all over the world.
Priyanka Dalal flew to Taipei, the capital of Taiwan to get the first-hand experience of the ‘river bike paths’ that she heard about a numerous times to accomplish her bucket list of solo cycling. It perhaps was an experience of a lifetime. The infrastructure is constructed specifically for cyclists and walkers. In no time was she ready to experience a 200km long ride.
The route can be traced on the map with no difficulty at all. The path is pulchritudinous. There are lawns of grass that stretch till the horizon and a river gently flows by the side. What made this journey one of the best that she has experienced was the “the sheer length of the route”, she says and her love for solo cycling. It was a humongous challenge for her. Riding uphill was another challenge thrown at her but she rose to the challenge and absolutely nailed it.
She later was invited for one of the biggest cycling festivals of Taiwan where cyclists from all over the world enthusiastically participate. In this festival, the participants have to travel 900kms around the city in 10days and our cyclist from India were a part of this festival that took place in November 2016 in Taiwan. It taught her a lot about physical endurance and tips and tricks to cycle long distances.
She was more than contended with her decision of flying to Taiwan and acquire all that she had only visually experienced. The entire journey was surprisingly enthralling for her. The foreign land was just another home for her by the end of this beautiful journey.