Saturday, April 28, 2007

Bi-Bim-Bop Poisoning 8-9 people

Last weekend I blogged about our fantastic hike on Chiaksan (Chiak Mountain) but on Sunday night following the Saturday outing I started becoming ill. I was tired all day Sunday, whereas, I usually go out mountain biking for an hour or two normally. I couch-potatoed and watched TV most of the day. I felt sweaty and sleepy, but thought nothing of it. At 2am Monday morning, I awoke in a complete sweat. My t-shirt was soaked and I felt nausea, so I went to wash my face and brush my teeth to freshen up. I passed out and did a face first dive into the edge of the bathroom door before landing face down on the wood door frame (in korea, it's a 4"-5" thick wood beam) at the entrance to the bathroom. Mi found me there with my eyes open breathing rapidly but unresponsive. I must have been in shock for several minutes, then I revived and got up. "Time to go to emergency!" There I was treated for head injury and lacerations to my face, but not food poisoning. I had a CAT Scan, X-rays, Stiches, Blood work, I also had a bum-shot for Tetanus, all services for $240 USD. From 2:30am-6:00am, it was a long night. I rested at home Monday, but in the evening starting dashing to the bathroom. On Monday night, I had to go #2 every hour, then every 1/2 hour, then every 15 minutes...and it seemed to never end. Finally, by 5:15am I felt like I'd lost 50% of my body fluids. With my face plastered in stiches and bandaids, I went to a local hospital for 3 hours of IV hydration before returning to work for another 8 hours of ESL Fun! Apparently 8-9 others were really sick too. The source of the poisoning was Salmonella bacteria in the raw egg yolks served in our Bi Bim Bop. This is a popular rice and vegetable dish served at most Korean restaurants. Thanks for the rotten eggs! ^^++ Never eat uncooked eggs or poultry in a Hillbilly backhills restaurant anywhere! It's a most regrettable experience.
Hope all is swell back home. I just wanted to report: "I'm still alive!" ^^++

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Brian Perich was an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) lecturer for a decade, father, and adventure cyclist based in South Korea.

Previously, Brian has led Canoe adventures in Quetico Provincial Park, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada (1993/1999); led Grand American camping adventures (2000); lived at Paramahansa Yogananda's SRF Ashram for 5 months (see the film "AWAKE"), formerly worked in titanium welding at Agilent Technologies, formerly worked in Winery industry in Marin County with Kendall Jackson in California; Surfing and Meditation continued for several years in California, British Columbia, South Korea, Yoga training in California 1999-2000.

Between 1994-1998 - Brian completed his own adventures with motorcycles. His motorcycling marathons took him across the United States and central/western Canada, while traveling solo over an astounding 24,000km in 60 days! Brian endured 900 mile/1300km average days in the motorcycle saddle and apparently loved every minute of those adventures.

Today, he has given up motorcycle adventures altogether, but finds an outlet for his enthusiasm in outdoor recreation while bicycle touring and micro-blogging about those experiences on his mountain bikes.

While employed as an English teacher in South Korea, Brian has became an advocate for bicycle touring on his mountain bikes. The Korean-World blog originated from those small adventures in Korea, now expanded to cover his recent trek down the TransMongolian highway to the Gobi Desert, cycling 900km east through the Khentii grasslands and in 2012 crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500 kilometers 1553 miles. HimalayasX expedition Brian previously cycled across western China, the Taklamakan Desert, the northern Himalayas of East Turkestan Xinjiang/Uyghur Autonomous Region, the corrugated back roads and mountains of Kham Tibet. Brian successfully completed his 2011 mountain bike expedition with 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles unsupported, on/off road MTB adventure cycling.
Brian has completed his second mountain bike journey, MongoliaX expedition - Crossing Mongolia 2012, an unsupported mountain bike MTB expedition across 2500km of Outer Mongolia from Ulanbaatar to Altai Taven-Bogd National Park bordering China, Russia and Mongolia.


In 2013, as a sequel to a trilogy of cycle tours, Brian enjoyed a more leisure bicycle tour onboard his Koga-Miyata World Traveller seeing the northern tier of the United States and western Canada covering 3400 kilometers / 2000 miles in 30 days. This North American cycle tour was called Totherocktour. Enjoying the adventure of bicycle travel and every great conversation started while traveling on the road - has refueled his inspirations to cycle around the Earth. In 2013, while he cycled solo from the Great Lake State of Michigan, United States to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. He weaved through local communities and reconnected with friends, family and community after spending almost a decade in Asia.


Brian is now supporting several non-profit foundations through expeditions: IDEAS Foundation of Canada IDEAS is the acronym for Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society which supports the IBD community, those suffering from IBD-inflammatory bowel disease, also known as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.


The second non-profit foundation is ETE.ORG - Education Through Expeditions, UK which supports educational outreach programs inside schools around the world. ETE connects explorers with students in the classroom, through an interactive online program in development (Beta).


Brian is researching support for a 18000 kilometer bicycle expedition across the Americas: North, Central and South America - ONE -Arctic to Argentina
Please contact him if you are interested in helping out.

Twitter: Cycleagain
Location: Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea or southern Ontario, Canada.

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