It was outdoor time again and we didn’t waste any time to whizz our tiny arses away from Taichung City. The destination was Dã Bî Cuò River (打比厝溪) in Miáolì (苗栗), located 70km north of Taichung. Along the way, when entering the township of Miáolì, we passed strings of strawberry-shaped bus stops. Miáolì is famous as the strawberry-producing place of Taiwan, so it’s not a strange thing that they have a Strawberry Centre in downtown Miáolì. You won’t miss the building as it has a giant strawberry statue in front, and that is located right when you enter the downtown.
The Strawberry Centre consisted of 3 separate buildings. There is the museum that tells the history and development of strawberry farming in Miáolì, the strawberry centre that sells all kinds of food made from strawberries, and the wine centre that sells from strawberry liqueur to strawberry vinegar. We spent around 20 minutes in the strawberry centre just for buying some essential stuff, i.e. liqueur and organic jam. After that we rode on our scooters and continued the journey.
We should’ve spent 2.5 hours riding to the river, had nothing happened along the way. Long trips often come with small mishaps, this time was my friend’s scooter’s chain broke right after we left the strawberry centre. A nice samaritan helped us called a local mechanic and had him came to pick up the scooter.
Luckily it only took the mechanic 15 minutes to replace the broken chain, which turned out to be rubber. Scooters nowadays have rubber chains instead of metal ones, a thing that I just recently found out. Soon we were back on the road.
Last July typhoon Soulik came to Taiwan and caused some physical changes to the river and the surrounding area, such as landslide like the photo below.
riding slowly through the debris (photo: Dony Mathew)there used to be a concrete bridge connecting 2 sides of the river
Since we couldn’t ride further as you can see from the photo above that there wasn’t any bridge left, we decided to park the scooters and trekked down to the river.
This river was considered basic level in professional river trekking circle. Most of the time outdoor recreation companies would bring their clients who are comprised of families and non-professional trekkers to this river. The trek usually starts from below and goes up for about 300 metres. It sounds easy, but it includes climbing waterfalls, sliding down on waterfalls, and jumping of cliffs. In the end it would likely take around 2 hours to finish the trek.
We put down our backpacks and set up a picnic on top of a big rock. After that we set up for the trek, in which I could not provide any photos as we were all busy climbing. But I can give you photos of a trek team whom we encountered before we took off.
At 5 o’clock sharp we packed our bags and prepared to leave, as we did not want to stay in the semi-wilderness when twilight came. Suffice to say we ended our adventure by riding into sunset.