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Sunday, June 7, 2009
130Km[BP]/190Km[Murray D] Gangneung to Sokcho/Unification Observatory - Weekend Cycles
130/190Kms Rides from myself and Murray D. this weekend on the northeast coast of South Korea. I arrived in Gangneung, Gangwon-do Province on Saturday, shortly after 12 noon and cycled in the rain up the coast to Sokcho. Murray had left Sokcho early Saturday [5am] and cycled north towards Ganseong, and hitched a ride with a Korean family [hospitable saying little of their generosity and welcome for him] and enjoyed the Observatory [Mt. Geumgangsan in North Korea] at the Unification Center [though the country remains deeply divided by the political/national boundaries since the Korean War 1950-1954). Murray doubled his mileage this weekend with a big push North. What became available were the quietude of the Northeast, including a Buddhist temple where Murray shared Cucumber Tea with a monk, and soaked in the wilderness and tranquility of a small corner of South Korea. The sea air was fresh, so that it's pungency washed my sinuses clean of the usual toxic dust I breathe back southwest of Seoul in Gyeongggi-do Province. The weather started off drizzly and then steady rain continued to fall, rendering my rubberized rain gear useless unless trying to trap water on the inside and sheltering off from the outside. I opted for cycling vest for a windbreak and warmth, and nylon/spandex sleeves, and the neon-orange-glow vest I found on the roadside a few weeks ago on the 313Km Hammer. The eastern coast of Korea is the place to see mountains, coast, and barbed-wire fortifications barricading North Korean invaders, or just keeping South Koreans from venturing out. There are long stretched of unspoiled coastal beaches, practically untouched due to the current, chronic friction with the political/military regime-dictatorship of North Korea. We cycled on oblivious of troubles that sunk this country into a terrible ordeal many years ago. The highway had signs labeled Asian Highway, projecting a inter-connected North & South Korea with China, Russia which is now a far away fairytale to say least. Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, build shape, and lose weight and stress accumulating from work in the grid/city/job/maintaining all of which to sustain a life in the world of many worlds in Korea. Cycling is the best part of my physical endurance training just to live a healthy life, each spin does wonders for the heart, health, and the soul.
About the Korean-World Author
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.
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