Thursday, June 3, 2010

Cycling in Korea :: BIG ROAD RIDES 150-200K DAYS, OPEN CALL! TEL: 010.8075.5121

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Correspondence with Helen, she's an avid cyclist in Korea, good on you Helen! Here's our notes:

Helen Kinuthia June 3 at 1:31pm writes:

Hi Brian,

Some great photos from your rides!!!

Wondering what you are up to this weekend? I am hoping to get a fairly long ride in. Was going to ride from Cheonan to Mokpo, but i'll now be in Mokpo the following weekend so would like to go somewhere different.

Let me know if you'd be for going on a ride on Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Just one day or more :) It'd be great to ride with someone - still finding it a challenge to meet people to ride with.

Am hoping to get out of Seoul to see somewhere new.

Look forward to hearing from you!


Brian 브라이안 Perich June 3 at 6:40pm writes:

Ah, a great challenge it is connecting with riders in Korea (no small task at all, luck in past few rides!! ^_^). Let's ride...hmmm. My wife and family are over in Ansan, I'm in Gangneung, Gangwon-do at the moment, I will drive up to gather them (newborn came three weeks ago, are in my sets Family Expedition -Mark I). Are you based in Cheonan now -or Seoul? I have ridden Ansan-Suwon-Pyeongtaek, Cheonan (day 1), Cheonan to Boryeong (Daecheon Beach) Day 2, Daecheon Beach to Gunsan/Byeongsanbando National Park Day 3. That's the closet to Mokpo -to date.

Your plans/ideas/routes -welcome. Invite others, I will notify my co-teacher and student that's picked on riding, great times (invite your friends, let's ride together)...

My recent ride ideas: Gangneung to Ganseong (closest town to DMZ) and back to Gangneung in a day? That's about 200km. It would be epic to do this for the first time with you. If too much, we could explore the backcountry and still visit Sokcho and return to Gangneung.

Feel free to call 010.3037.5126 or home 070.8185.5126. Mobile is fine, I just finished teaching until late July I start again...


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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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