Floating around Green Island ( Lyudao )

Trip Start Nov 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2008

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Monday, June 4, 2007

Route: Lyudao inner trail and coastal road - Nanliao
Total Distance: 15 km by walk and bike
Altitude up: 150m
Altitude down: 150m

Finally a cooler day with clouds and bit rain.

The island is really made for tourists and at this time of the year is flooded with university students on their vacation. Activities are snorkeling and diving ( 11:00 to 15:00 ), driving with scooters around the island visting the sightseeing points, sitting in the beach hot spring, shopping and having fun in bars, coffee shops and restaurants. There are only very few places for swinmming and the one of two which exist are pretty boring - the reason is the volcanic rugged character of the island and the sharp coral formations.

I have, like the previous day my breakfast in the chain breakfast shop " Beautiful and Breakfast ". I order one of the tasty sandwiches and a bin caffee ( ice coffee ).The good thing is that this place is open to the ocean side and you can sit at tables set up on the dam. Really a fine place. 

Later in the morning I walk/ ride an ancient trail. It begins near the airport and goes up to the highest point at 170m. At first the way follows a small road. Here I change between pushing up my bike and on a bit flatter parts ride the bike. I chose to take the bike with me because the trail crosses over to the other side of the island, which would mean to have a quite long walk back along the cost, something I do not want toady, especially as I rode my bike along the coast yesterday. The first 3.7 km of the 'trail ' are on road, only then it turns into a well developed dirt trail. Many parts are with stairs, even pretty steep on the way down on the other side. Luckily on most parts I manage to push the trail beside the stairs on the grass. As it had rained not long time ago many small greenish-yellow lizzards are lying on the way and flee in panik, but still observing the intruder, when I come. The real trail is pretty nice with different kinds of forest vegetation. The steep stairway down is pretty challenging with my bike on the side. The view onto the ocean and coastline is very rewarding and I sit down for a while to really take in the beauty. Then it is easy to ride the 8 km back to the main harbor. I have lunch ( fishball soup, rice with meat - 70 NTD )  at the small Taiwanese rastaurant ( orange color ). The owner couple, which knows me from the previous evening, and I have a little chat.  In another shop I eat Dou Hua Bin Sha and read the newspaper, which arrives here only in the afternoon. I ride along the coast near the light tower and watch a group of beginners getting their diving lesson in an unused harbor basin with crystal clear water. The evening I spend in the room as a thunderstorm with heavy rain pours down.

Green island - a nice place to have fun, for me not a ' must '. My proposal for the island development - get rid of the scooters for rent ( phase them out ) and rent bicycles and electric bikes and/or golf carts. Make Green Island really " green "!  
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