My friend 亮亮 is a dedicated member of 206cc and she has long promised to take me on one of their trips. I finally had the chance on Sunday, joining the trip to Yilan.
206cc stands for 206 convertible car. It is also the name of a a club for owners of Peugeot 206 cars in Taiwan.
Shot of Guishan Island taken from the train
Most of the club members had gone to Yilan on Saturday night, but I caught the train to Luodong and met them there on Sunday morning. Even though there was a typhoon looming off the coast the weather was perfect.
Motorbikes of all shapes and sizes
From Luodong we drove up to Toucheng. When we stopped at 7-Eleven there were motorcycles of all shapes and sizes parked outside. These were from a variety of clubs also heading out for a weekend excursion.
Our first destination was the Toucheng Farm (頭城農場). Tourist resort would be a more apt description for the place than a farm (although I did spot two goats).
Preparing food for the BBQ
It was about lunchtime when we arrived there and we started preparing the BBQ. The food was great. One of the 206cc members was a prawn farmer and he brought several boxes of prawns for everyone to enjoy.
After lunch we walked a short distance to a nearby river for a swim. Well, most Taiwanese people can't really swim so "playing in the water" might be a more accurate description. Still it was a great way to cool off and relax.
Top down 206
After the swim it was late afternoon. The weather had cooled down and it was time for a bit of top down, open road cruising.
David ready to roll
Hitting the road
On the road
Nothing like the feeling of the wind in your hair
We went back to Luodong for a while. At about 8:00pm the
car park freeway back to Taipei was backed up with traffic all the way to Yilan and beyond. We went into Yilan to eat dinner at the night market and wait for the traffic to clear.
Entrance to the Hsuehshan Tunnel
By the time we started to head back to Taipei at 11:30pm traffic was still entering the Hsuehshan Tunnel (雪山隧道) at a snail's pace. We drove to Pinglin via Route 9 and then took the freeway back to Taipei from there. It made for a late finish to a great day. 感謝亮亮