Saturday: cycling throughout the morning and middle of the day in dazzling sunshine. Up narrow, steep valleys among the scraggy sawtooth hills of Miaoli. Orchards, bamboo groves and domesticated jungle lining the route. Rounded off with a three-hour journey back to the capital by local train, stopping at every little flipflop town along the way. Your bike, part dismantled and stuffed unconvincingly into a black nylon sack, blocking up the compartment.
Tree shadows underwheel
As you pedal