Day four: Yongkang to Fengang, 120km.
Minshan is our team’s seven years old little princess, the youngest cyclist of the group, and doted on by absolutely everyone. On day four, right before reaching our destination for the night on the southern tip of Taiwan, our entire team stopped by a picturesque coffee shop with a gorgeous view out onto the Taiwan Strait; there we sipped on frozen mango shakes and iced coffees while resting, laughing and enjoying the view. I took out my sketchbook and sketched Minshan, cheeks flushed from her day’s ride. She had perhaps never been sketched before, and adored being a model; but, “you didn’t finish it!” she declared; and proceeded to add the bottom half of her body by herself. For the rest of the trip, she would run up to me at every break, demanding “Artist, Artist, draw me, draw me!” I gave her free reign to my sketchbook, and so many pages are now filled with Minshan graffiti; I like that.