Friday, 20 September 2013

"Super Typhoon"

Typhoon Usagi approaching the waters between the Phillipines to the south and Taiwan to the north. It's been a few years since we've been hit by a "super" typhoon, but size and windspeed are less important than the speed at which it passes by and the amount of rainfall it brings; basically, if it passes by us quickly, then hopefully the worst we'll see is a few uprooted trees, overturned cars and torn off corrugated rooftops. If instead it lingers over Taiwan for a few days, then things will be much worse.

At the moment there is no sign of it outside. Right now I'm going to take a shower and hop on the bicycle for a little ride down to the HSR station and back. I had wanted to ride down to Kaohsiung and drink beer, but I don't fancy riding a bicycle for the whole 50K back to Tainan tommorow morning with that thing tearing up trees and advertising hoardings along the highway.

(Saturday morning...)

After I reached the HSR last night I kept going all the way down to Agongdian reservoir, but using little old farmers' roads and village roads through Alian district. I hadn't been that way before - it knocks a good 5K off compared to using highway 19 through Guanmiao. Once I reached the reservoir I decided to head back because I still had a pair of jeans hanging out to dry, but I needn't have worried because I'm writing this now at 11.35am and there's not a stir outside.

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