|At the old Tainan train station waiting for the 12.20am train north to Ershui, in Changhua county.|
|Formerly waterproof pants and boots now absolutely soaking wet.|
|The waterproofing in my jacket was still intact however.|
|On the 71 overlooking Puli town at about 10.30am.|
|Looking down over the Zhuoshui river as it passes under a famous bridge just south of Wuchieh village. The road I was following was already dangerous, but made particularly more so by the bad weather.|
|At the entrapment pen for the diversion channel after the tourists had left.|
|Looking back up the road at all the tourist vans; all but one were the same model - the Mitsubishi Delica 4x4.|
|It is a relatively remote area of Taiwan; though it is nice and wide at the end, the approach road snakes around the edge of a precipice for most of its length and is one of the most difficult and dangerous roads I have encountered.|
The tourists had came because this is an ecologically sensitive area with numerous protected species - not that they had much chance of seeing any of them from the road.
On the way back up the mountainside the waterproofing on my jacket finally gave way and I was soaked. Cold, sore, tired and shivering, I got back to Puli and stopped at a 7-11 looking like I was half-dead. I took half an hour to get myself sorted out, and then got straight back on the bike. I initially planned to take a break at Shuili, but decided instead to just head straight back through the darkness to Ershui and get the train back to Tainan.
|At the 7-11 in Puli after making my way back out of the mountains at Wuchieh and being soaked by the rain and constant fog.|