5.45. Woke up to Philip Glass, The Poet Acts, on my trusted old Android as usual. Followed the list: get up, get dressed, make coffee, have breakfast, take dogs for walk. After that my brain about works the way it should again.
When I got out on Dunhua South with the dogs and looked up, I saw a dark wall of clouds in the east out over the Pacific, slowly rotating northward, from as far as I could see north of Songshan Airport to as far south as I could see down along Dunhua, the sky above the clouds gray and cold. Looking to the west, there were clear blue skies, sunshine and not a cloud. Wonderful pre-typhoon (actually tropical storm) weather, but in all my years in Taiwan, I've never seen such a clear division between the incoming weather system and the clear blue skies over land. In the end, the system seems to have moved or rotated north or what it is such systems do, because it still hasn't started raining tonight. Although I hope it will bring lots of rain, since Taiwan's reservoirs are drying out and it seems we may be moving toward another summer of water rationing.
Anyway, on to biking. We used this lovely day to ride out to Xiao Getou together with Jin Laoshi, the first ride out there in a long time. Before we hit the Renai circle, D had a flat. We fixed that, and after 10 minutes she had a problem changing gears, it wasn't smooth at all. We fixed that, and then the battery in my heart rate monitor died. Jin Laoshi had a battery, and then we could finally start biking.
All that white fluffy stuff in the distance are also cotton wads of Tong blossoms
The hills in Shiding past Shenkeng were beautiful, with clusters of white Tong blossoms spread out like wads of cotton on the green slopes. Almost no bikers on the road and no cars, except for 18 huge empty green devil machine gravel trucks coming down the hill. They moved in packs, three or four together. There must be some construction going on somewhere. At least we managed to get back down again from the mountain while only two of them evil things had come back up fully loaded, so, in short, it was a wonderful ride on a wonderful day.
A map and data from my Garmin can be found here