Since moving to Taiwan I made it a goal to hike all of the trails at the nearby mountains called Dakeng. There are 12 altogether, when you count 9-1 and 5-1 as their own trails. By the end of April last year I had already hiked trails 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9-1, & 10. Summer was just too hot to be hiking, and then my scooter accident happened this fall. So I wasn’t able to hike again until December. So in good ‘ol Cheryl fashion I wanted it to be a big adventure. I chose for us to hike trails 4 and 5.
Long story short, we couldn’t find the start of trail 5 so we parked at trail 1 instead. Hiked up trail 1, across the ridge on trail 5, and down trail 4. Turns out, trails 1 and 4 are the longest and steepest trails in Dakeng. None of us had been hiking since April and I had recently been experiencing sinus/lung issues from pollution. So what did we do….? Climb about 6 kilometers of mountain for nearly 5 hours, of course.
By the end of it, our legs were shaking so terribly I’m surprised it didn’t register as a mini earthquake. Three of us (Lizzy and I being two of them) could barely stand and had pain in our legs for days afterward. We looked so ridiculous we just had to laugh at ourselves! Lessons learned: The journey is long and hard. Keep your eyes on where you are at this very moment and take one step forward at a time. Don’t neglect to stop and look out and enjoy the magnificent view every now and then. When you arrive at the end, celebrate!