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Taiwan Sun Moon Lake Rain

26 March 2017

Lake saturation

Today I went to the number one tourist attraction in all of Taiwan, its so amazing Japan made Pokemon games about it, the world renowned sun moon lake.
The only problem was, it was raining, and I wanted to run a lap of the lake, a mere 33km, or basically, more than 3/4 of a marathon. This following my huge day yesterday.

Transport to the lake was easy to come by, buses leave every 20 minutes for the grand sum of $2 for a 45 minute trip. We were in cloud most of the way.
Once I got off the bus, it was a brief moment of not pouring with rain, I was excited and set off! Full tilt, 33km to go. It started to rain soon after and basically did not stop.
So I got very wet even with my raincoat on, I saw only one other runner, and he was seriously kitted out in a wetsuit. I also saw zero cyclists.
My $2 raincoat is unfortunately a little too small, with the hood on and jogging, it pulls on the top of my head, so I was running a long like a hunch back.
Despite my hunchback stance, the view was still excellent, and I got to experience, fog, dense fog, rain, heavy rain, mist, mist and fog together, and a brief period of almost not raining.
The path is probably 1/2 actual path for bikes and walkers/runner. I read numerous reports that the path goes all the way around the lake and you can rent a bike and ride the whole way around in a day. This is not entirely true.
First of all, I will humble brag again, I ran the whole damn way around, 33km. Well I ran at least 3/4 of the way anyway. Secondly, half the time you have to run on the road with tour buses. So many tour buses.
So anyone that tells you they rode around the beautiful bike path of sun moon lake and made it the whole way around, ask them if theres a path the whole way, if they say yes, you know they are lying, they rode a few km from the information booth at the main port and turned back.

Despite the rain, and the frustratingly dangerous requirement to run on the road in the fog and rain, I had a fantastic day. Both my days in Puli have been epic adventures, easily the best part of my trip.
I am back to Taipei tomorrow, so getting there will be mostly photos of trains and buses again, a rest day for me, 110,000 steps in 2 days and running 3/4 of a marathon.
The weather for my 4 nights in Taipei is supposed to be fine, so there will be more adventures.

Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Setting out from Puli, it was wet, and in places, cloud was on the ground. More cloud to come.

Setting out from Puli, it was wet, and in places, cloud was on the ground. More cloud to come.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I was interested in the archaic Puli bus station, which shines a blue light on the bus thats arriving. Clever, no need for LED signs here.

I was interested in the archaic Puli bus station, which shines a blue light on the bus thats arriving. Clever, no need for LED signs here.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - My first view of the lake. Nice still water for fog reflections.

My first view of the lake. Nice still water for fog reflections.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - A bit more lake, thats not the lake, thats a side bit of lake, an inlet perhaps, if I only had to run around that much lake the day would be over soon

A bit more lake, thats not the lake, thats a side bit of lake, an inlet perhaps, if I only had to run around that much lake the day would be over soon.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Nice clouds up the valley. Happy with this photo.

Nice clouds up the valley. Happy with this photo.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - My first view of part of the entire lake. It wont all fit in frame. Now it looks like a 33km effort is required.

My first view of part of the entire lake. It wont all fit in frame. Now it looks like a 33km effort is required.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - The first 1/3 of the trip was frustrating as it kept looping in and out of inlets, I didnt seem to be making much progress on the map.

The first 1/3 of the trip was frustrating as it kept looping in and out of inlets, I didnt seem to be making much progress on the map.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - There are lots of spots for buses to drop people off to buy stuff. Some places like this one, look like a prison.

There are lots of spots for buses to drop people off to buy stuff. Some places like this one, look like a prison.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - It then became really foggy. I heard all kinds of yelling and screaming ahead. I seriously though a boat had sunk. No, just a heap of people playing c

It then became really foggy. I heard all kinds of yelling and screaming ahead. I seriously though a boat had sunk. No, just a heap of people playing canoe polo in the fog.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I tried to capture how dense the fog was. My camera sees through fog better than the human eye.

I tried to capture how dense the fog was. My camera sees through fog better than the human eye.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Its not all flat smooth paths and roads. At times you have to climb up quite a long way, or take switch back roads up a cliff. I remember reading repo

Its not all flat smooth paths and roads. At times you have to climb up quite a long way, or take switch back roads up a cliff.
I remember reading reports by people who hired bikes complaining that the entire journey is up hill, around a lake, finishing where you started.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Good fog pic, with the very blue water able to be seen. The water is such a rich blue color, it would look a lot more blue if there was sun, which the

Good fog pic, with the very blue water able to be seen. The water is such a rich blue color, it would look a lot more blue if there was sun, which there was not. So today was neither sun or moon lake.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I didnt go through the tunnel, theres a path up and around it for cyclists and me. I think the tunnel is a shortcut though, a dry shortcut.

I didnt go through the tunnel, theres a path up and around it for cyclists and me. I think the tunnel is a shortcut though, a dry shortcut.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - First stop, grandmas boiled eggs. Literally just a huge line of people waiting to buy a boiled egg.

First stop, grandmas boiled eggs. Literally just a huge line of people waiting to buy a boiled egg.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Boats come across to here from where I started. There is a big pagoda up the hill. I could not see it in the fog. I thought it was a bit too foggy for

Boats come across to here from where I started. There is a big pagoda up the hill. I could not see it in the fog. I thought it was a bit too foggy for boats to even operate at this point.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - There are lots and lots of temples around the lake. But I was soaking wet and enjoying my running, so I did not stop at this one.

There are lots and lots of temples around the lake. But I was soaking wet and enjoying my running, so I did not stop at this one.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Thats the lake down there, past all the palm trees.

Thats the lake down there, past all the palm trees.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - The fog cleared every now and then, and allowed for photos of blue water such as this one.

The fog cleared every now and then, and allowed for photos of blue water such as this one.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Somehow my camera has invented fake sun for this photo. This is the largest town around the far side of the lake, where I replenished my fluid supply.

Somehow my camera has invented fake sun for this photo. This is the largest town around the far side of the lake, where I replenished my fluid supply.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Just past the town is a ropeway station that goes up a big hill to... wait for it, a temple. Nice blossoms.

Just past the town is a ropeway station that goes up a big hill to... wait for it, a temple. Nice blossoms.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Ropeway cars disappearing into fog. No Asian tourist paradise is complete without a ropeway.

Ropeway cars disappearing into fog. No Asian tourist paradise is complete without a ropeway.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I went into the station for food, and ended up with a muffin, the line for real food was too long, I had no time. But it was dry and I was able to dry

I went into the station for food, and ended up with a muffin, the line for real food was too long, I had no time. But it was dry and I was able to dry my soaking wet camera.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Ropeway restaurant area. They were serving a really delicious looking beef stew.

Ropeway restaurant area. They were serving a really delicious looking beef stew.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - No stew for me, more fog. Got to keep moving.

No stew for me, more fog. Got to keep moving.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I was now confused which way that ropeway goes, its very high above my head! An earthquake right now would make their day exciting.

I was now confused which way that ropeway goes, its very high above my head! An earthquake right now would make their day exciting.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Nice photo showing blue water, look how far past the town I have gone already. I was flying around the course.

Nice photo showing blue water, look how far past the town I have gone already. I was flying around the course.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I think from here I can glance the finishing line, still about 5km away.

I think from here I can glance the finishing line, still about 5km away.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Now confident I was going to make it around, in fact if anything it was easier than I expected, I had time to quickly look at this temple, and dry my

Now confident I was going to make it around, in fact if anything it was easier than I expected, I had time to quickly look at this temple, and dry my camera again.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - View from temple.

View from temple.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - I didnt see anyone else taking photos, but since I already looked like a wet lunatic with a bright red face and a dripping wet $2 rain coat, I took on

I didnt see anyone else taking photos, but since I already looked like a wet lunatic with a bright red face and a dripping wet $2 rain coat, I took one anyway.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - And now I was almost back, time to remove my hood and take a photo. It was almost not raining at this point! I look very sweaty, and old. So damn old.

And now I was almost back, time to remove my hood and take a photo. It was almost not raining at this point!
I look very sweaty, and old. So damn old.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Then it rained again, but how can I leave without pulling my stance?

Then it rained again, but how can I leave without pulling my stance?


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - This guy is taking his shoes seriously.

This guy is taking his shoes seriously.


Taiwan-Sun Moon Lake-Rain - Around the main port area of sun moon lake there are tourist shops and hotels, everything you can think of is there, its a small city really. I greatl

Around the main port area of sun moon lake there are tourist shops and hotels, everything you can think of is there, its a small city really.
I greatly enjoyed running a lap of the lake in the rain.


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