We live outside of Taipei on the side of a mountain. It is nice to be outside the city and we are close to one of the most popular national parks in the country.
The downside is that it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to drive up or down the mountain to our house. Some days it takes longer. And everything we need to get to is down the mountain like school, grocery shopping, work, etc.
Last weekend the sun was out so everyone in Taipei decided to head up the mountain. On Sunday afternoon they all jammed the one road leading to our house as we were making our way home. It took us over an hour to get from the bottom of the mountain to our house. We let the boys walk the last 2 km home because people walking were moving faster than we were in the car.
However, there is a faster alternate road off the mountain. Everyone refers to it as “The Back Road.” It is a 1 1/2 lane road that twists and turns its way through thick jungle before arriving at the top of the mountain near the Taipei Cultural University. There is one section of the road that is really only wide enough for 1 car but that does not stop anyone. We routinely have to pull in our door mirrors and inch our way past an on-coming car.
I actually prefer to drive this road on the scooter because it is so narrow and twisted. However, I don’t like riding it on the back of the scooter while my wife almost gets us killed.