Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
We took a long break to wait out some dowpours yesterday so we're in the hole in terms of getting to Donhe, we were expecting to leave ourselves only 120k today, but in the event it's more like 150 to 160. We committed to getting there tonight so we just have to grind it out regardless.
The road is a lot flatter today. The wind is pushing us right along. It seems strange that with all these nice beaches we pass that there is not more development. The equivalent in Mexico, for example, is lined with all-inclusive beach resorts.
It wouldn't be Taiwan if we didn't run into a big climb somewhere along the way. It goes quickly knowing we will be back down on the coast for more wind-assisted riding. The scenery is brilliant once again; we look down the sharp cliffs to see turquoise water and pounding surf. The proprietor at a cafe where we stop for coffee and passion fruit jello hear's us speaking French and joins right in. The first time I've run into a French-speaking Taiwanese since I've been here.
The afternoon brings rain but we're not stopping to wait it out today. It gets cold and miserable for a stretch.
The last few hours are mostly dry; we roll into Donghe completely exhausted from our 155 kilometer day (I like to call it a "metric century" when it's over 150k). A shower and a massive cheeseburger brightens the mood.