i dug around a little further with the known time of nick&Don's appearance at TAIPEI HSR station. For now this
could either mean that they arrived at the station at 16:57 (~5pm) or departed at that time.
If they were departing at that time, I think they could very well be behind the other teams..
Because from Taipei station to Taichung station it is approximately 156 Km (noted on website). With high speed train travelling at around 280+KM/H they should get to Taichung by at least 5:35pm (assuming train left at about 5pm)
From Taichung station to Jiji township, like Jason had mentioned, it takes about 1.5 hours by train (maybe about 1 hour by taxi).
Now this means that they would be at the 'jeep testing facility' by at least 6:30pm. Now sunset at central Taiwan is approximately 6:40 PM around the following days.
Date Sunrise Sunset This day Difference Time Altitude Distance
28 Jul 2007 5:19 AM 6:41 PM 13h 22m 14s − 0m 58s 12:00 Noon 84.0° 151.907
29 Jul 2007 5:19 AM 6:40 PM 13h 21m 14s − 1m 00s 12:00 Noon 83.8° 151.891
30 Jul 2007 5:20 AM 6:40 PM 13h 20m 13s − 1m 01s 12:00 Noon 83.6° 151.874
31 Jul 2007 5:20 AM 6:39 PM 13h 19m 11s − 1m 02s 12:00 Noon 83.3° 151.857
This would mean that they would have performed the task under a dark sky.. we know Rach, nate and ron did it under considerable amount
of light. This would mean N&D are way behind and could be eliminated. BUT, on the other hand it could very likely have been that they
ARRIVED back at Taipei station at 4:57 pm. However, I am suspecting that my initial idea was right since they have not shown any clips (Unless I have missed it!??) with nick&don at the 4WD jeep site, in an attempt to hide that they are somewhat behind by the obvious differences in time.
Is it just me or does the chance of an intersection to occur at the Taipei 101 (as strongly suggested by our spoiler) just become less likely the more we look into the previews?
As of the location that Nate&Jen had been arguing on (I placedmarked it on my map), whilst also trying to find a taxi, in the previews, DIRECTLY underneath them is a normal train subway station. Were they using the normal train too?
Just to put everything into perspective, I made this map and thought it might be worthwhile sharing....http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114851506520966174311.0004435d735fe9af67f64&z=8&om=1