Saturday, July 11, 2009

97 Posts - Every place should have - South Korea by Bicycle

The Bridge- a focus of returning from Daebudo Island.

Took a trip on the SOLD Colombo 4.0 (will include a headlight for the extra use!^^) and cycled around a peculiar island off the west coast of South Korea. From a busy land bridge that spans over wetlands and reclaimed tidal areas, it opened into fertile farming areas, open rice fields, and finally wetlands with chirping crickets and bugs in my eyes (I love nature!^^). I rounded the Island, rode through a few nice tunnels (Gubong was one), then saw signs for Suwon and finally turning at a fork in the road toward Namyang Village. I was heading South, then I was heading East toward Namyang after the junction. The roads began as tarmac, turned to dirt outside Gojeong-ri, where I discovered the remains of a fossilized dinosaur egg (lol), and it was closed, the hard-pack dirt road continued through the wetland, two cars past in the hour cycling out there, another fork in the road, I went into a small farm village, asked directions, pointed towards Ansan, which was now just across the water, I flagged down a worker leaving the bridge project area, he gave me a lift across the bridge, and 20 minutes later I was home? took 4 hours to get there and the last people I saw suggested the gate was closed [across the bridge, but my BONGO driving friend drove me across the waters and opened the doors], Ansan City was indeed right next door. This road project [photo top] is a reclaimed tidal wetland that will become another future city in South Korea as populations expand and the demand for greater area cities becomes more imminent. Preservation of the ecosystem generally isn't the topic of conversation in this concrete-building world, Korea is bound to change and with it nature will be a hard-pressed place to roam. For now, it remains a delicate and peaceful wetland, excellent for Cycling into the unknown, it's so good! ^^.Thank you for visiting this site & enjoy more @ my Cycling Hitlist [right selections] for more information about Bicycle World Touring. ^^Peace. Goodnight. Thank you for visiting my - ^^.

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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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