Rockin Rollin Ridin out along the Pacific
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
88Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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After the huge, grandiose, awesome scenery I'd just passed through, the station at Hualien had me thinking I was back in toy town. It wasn't antiquated or tatty, just incredibly low key
I don't know what Roger, the owner of the hostel made of the sight of a guest arriving in a police car, but once I'd explained, he laughed and took the hint that the map on the back of the hostel's business card might want changing. Actually, this is less of a hostel and more of a family home with room for lodgers on tatami mats or thin mattresses on the floor. It is incredibly friendly, almost in the middle of nowhere and a good base to explore the mountains and the vast Pacific beaches. If you want to party or to come and go late at night, it is not the place to go
Within a couple of hours of arriving, I was out on a borrowed bike and having dodged a few semi-wild dogs in the nearest village, I got down on the beach looking out across thousands of miles of Pacific Ocean. The typhoon that had passed through the previous week had caused havoc and the swell of the Ocean still thumped in sending spectacular plumes of spray flying down the wind. In places the beach was covered in debris and in Hualien port a container ship snapped in half. It was brutally rough, but beautiful, and even the F16's continually taking off and thundering overhead seemed to fit with the rugged beauty of it all. The proximity of a military base does mean you have to be a bit careful where you point the camera though!