Monday, December 20, 2010

Updates from the road in South Korea

 Spinning near Gangneung, Gangwon province, Korea
Just passed the rain burst while looping the lower mountain ranges (17km loop), 234km the past month.
The bike blog has taken a rest for quite a while. Over the past few months, there have been big ups and downs in my life (family, cycling events/misadventures, MA studies, and work). With the 12-Hour Han River Endurance Classic (HECC abbreviated) behind us now, having taken place on November 17-18, I will remember one of the coldest nights outdoors without the right gear. I didn't set the lap record (they were 11km) as I hit a wet section of painted surface (dodging rain) in the park and slammed the pavement, sliding to a final stop. As a contributing organizer, I took a supportive backseat in this event and punched cards and supported other riders. The 12-hour event itself was largely a success (albeit the grey t-shirts with cartoon logos) and many riders came out from across Korea to join us. The top endurance riders (Jon 275km, Eddie Glayzer 230km finishing in 12 hours) with many teams made up of individuals from various provinces (Chuncheon riders all finished top), and other riders new to the sport of cycling bagged over 100Km, impressive showing from all who gathered for the epic/unusual endurance event in Seoul, South Korea.

Other notes: Arctic 2 Argentina 2012-2013

The expedition kit has finally arrived (another story, to be told another time). The good news is, there is enough equipment to prepare for the next stages of winter training in Korea (and camping year-round too).

  • Equipment list (ordered/received):
  1. REI -20 Expedition mummy bag *(liner undecided. I liked the old polyester blanket I sewn into 1)
  2. Lightweight REI compression sack (for mummy), 20L size fits perfect.
  3. Smart Wool complete base layer (expedition tube socks, long underwear top/bottoms, balaclava)
  4. Titanium cookset (very light weight pieces, not robust like MEC stainless -where 1 pot does it all)
  5. Northface tent (tentative for 2012), 3-season Tadpole, also footprint accessory. Might replace this.
  6. Ortlieb Front-Roller, Ortlieb back-Roller Classic panniers (black) 
  7. Thermarest Prolite self-inflatable sleeping mat. (comfortable, tacks sleeping bag, good length/width)
  8. 2009 Koga-Miyata World Traveller complete with Tubus racks and accessories for expedition.
  • Needs list (to be determined): 
  1. Headlights (D.I.Y.) ***dyno-regenerated power supply for electronics/lighting (notes)
  2. Trailer (BOB or Xtrawheel)
  3. Cook stove (Coleman Exponent Feather 442 Dual-Fuel Backpacking stove, or similar white gas/auto)
  4. Footwear for cold climate cycling (to be determined after further research)
  5. GoPro HD Hero Camera (modified battery kit*)
  6. Macbook computer
  7. SPOT device, GPS tracking only.
  8. Maps, paper or GPS
Hoping everyone (around-the-world) visiting this blog is either enjoying life as you make it, or preparing for festivities for a wonderful holiday season. It's cold in South Korea -still cycling with more layers. Hard to get away from studies just a brief update. My family is healthy and that's all I could ever ask for.

My Baba (grandmother) passed away this month in Canada, she was 101 and the soul connection in my life. She is now resting in peace, I will miss her dearly. She will remain my rock, my inspiration to live out my remaining days, to the fullest possible extent. It's what she would have wanted for me, I love you Baba.

Brian in Korea

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About the Korean-World Author

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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