10/28 Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Today brought a simple, satisfying circle route, a meander through beautiful back roads and secret bike paths as we made our way up to and around a large lake.
We stopped at a remote temple mid-morning to share some packed snacks, then sped on to our lunch, a traditional Taiwanese meal at a small restaurant near the water. The scenery was breathtaking, with misty mountains delicately shrouded in soft clouds.
After about 45 miles of riding or so, we returned to our comfortable hotel and rested for dinner in “downtown Hualien.”
Later in the evening one of our hosts, Michael, gave the first demonstration on how to make and drink the lovely local Oolong tea.
With that the day came to a close and we headed for bed — to be truthful, still a little jet-lagged. And it was a good thing we did, for the next day promised to be long and gorgeous with a sting in its tail.