Thursday, February 24, 2011

[NOTE TO READERS, FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS: I am a self-sponsored adventurer now, if readers want to support, use PayPal link on this page (donate/make a difference today!)

[NOTE TO READERS, FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS: I am funded by trust funds, inheritance, a wealthy family, or other dream ideas. Actually, I am a father and lecturer in universities in Korea. I have become a self-sponsored athlete and adventurer. With the help from AN DAE GI at Gangneung Bike Mart (a small independent bicycle shop in South Korea) we pieced together an expedition cycle from several used mountain bikes I purchased from his store. Finally, in 2011, I launched and successfully completed my first Himalayan bicycle expedition. I have also been supported by Commuter Bicycles, Santa Barbara, California with a discount on an expedition cycle, the Koga-Miyata World Traveler. The truth is, I am self-sponsored for 95% of the expedition, if anyone cares enough to read/enjoy my blog and can support, please use PayPal link on this page (donate/make a difference today) or purchase from discounts, any product through links from this site, a 4% commission from sales will supportcharity-focused, environmentally-sound, non-profit expeditions. Thank you for support!! You can shop on + on many items directly from links on this website. I did not ask for sponsorship to complete my first expeditions, that is a lesson for others dreaming about their own adventures before the wheels have been put into motion. Do not wait for someone to pay for your dreams to come true, work at it, connect with social media and non-profit foundations, prepare the equipment and train in the gym or on the cycle. Afterwards, the cards will fall into place, you will succeed when you have poured yourself into the mission. 
Peace, Brian  (Gangneung, South Korea)
Dave  February 24 at 5:14am 
How goes it? Read your blog the other day and it sounds like your having some issues with that Tim guy? Glad I didn't send the bike aye? Is your 2012 Artic 2 Argentina ride still on??? Everything else well?
Brian Perich February 24 at 1:45pm  RE: The expedition fund-raising theif
You read well into the messages in that update. He stole event sponsorship $ from that organized 12-hour endurance event, plus he stole $1K in equipment ordered for the expedition in 2012 (pressuring  to file an insurance claim with the company, as the US Military won't track APO parcels in South Korea [considered War Zone] and he took advantage of that opportunity to be a would-be thief (at heart, he certainly is one). I pressured [Tim] through all parties involved, mutual friends and his contact that received the packages at the US embassy, whom was likely unaware about Tim's scams. It was #$&#! unbelievable. For a charity expedition, all the efforts I have put in, and Tim decides to #%$! me over...Perfect timing, the KOGA MIYATA WORLD TRAVELLER never would of made it, it would have been a total nightmare, although averted through your logic and our communication together. I trust people man, I want to see the good in everyone in this cworld and make it work to help others see it the same way???? Dang! Crazy!

Yes, I am still planning [the Alaska to Argentina] and have 90% of the equipment, I won't let it go so easily.

[NOTE TO READERS, FRIENDS, SUPPORTERS: I do need more sponsorship, if anyone reading can support, use PayPal link on this page (right column...donate today, make a difference!)  support my 32,000km charity-focused mission! Purchase any product from discount online store through these links, and support the expedition (no cost to you)

Unfortunately, all fund-raising for myself inside Korea is extinguished. When you attack my way to survival (cycling), you attack my religion. I think I am more spiritual now, more careful, more concerned about everything in life after that experience. My cycling friends here, seem to be friends one day and competitors the next (there are good people, don't get me wrong, exception when you are pursuing an enormous DREAM, then you have COMPETITION).  It's best to just train, work, study and prepare the best I can for what lays ahead.

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You know Dave, I really appreciate your concern and the way you handled my KOGA, saved my ass again!!! I appreciate our friendship and definitely think of you often. Life is tough, and as you said, it's difficult and sometimes impossible to trust people. But I am going to keep giving it with the bicycle and hopefully help others on that journey ahead. My heart is definitely into it, just need to align the rest of my life to prepare for the sacrifices needed to complete the mission successfully and safely too!

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Mi Sung is great, being supportive as have colds but healthy, Sierra now 9 months and Matthew 3 years on March 5. I should update some photos (cameras are lost, I have the GO PRO HERO helmet camera now...but lost my Canon IXUS 85is in that 12 hour race, crashing and having it slip away). The replacement camera was a newer model Canon IXUS 105is, made in China, lasted a month and the lens motor burned out...recycled plastic!
If I get another camera, I'll update. I'd like to order a Canon EOS or Rebel DSLR from -but they don't deliver to South Korea...we'll see, maybe get to the digital markets in Seoul will have a later model (discount) and it better be Made in Japan this time!

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Hope your friend is navigating well in ESL teaching, I know you mentioned this person anonymously, if they need anything (legal advice,etc...have them contact me, I'd be glad to help).

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Arctic2Argentina 2012 - a Charity-focused adventure cycling expedition. For more information, contact me
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The Four of Us said...

Hang in there Uncle Brian!!!!!

We were jut talking about you at dinner last night and about how much we love and admire you --we have such great memories and cannot wait to make some new ones!

What are your options for sponsorship? Link us to information. We'd like to find a way to help out!!


Brian Perich Bikes said...

AMDA NASO! You guys are great "The Books for Walls Project" The A2A needs funding support for the launch, a flight to Alaska, or a few meals...anything that can help the wheels stay greased and moving forward on the charity mission. Speaking of charities, there may be big changes ahead, if you have some ideas, share them with me (Make a Wish Foundation or Central/South America Non-Profit, like Books for Walls Across the Americas? I want to complete the mission for a worthy cause that impacts lives, where help is needed most! I've self-funded 90% of this project so far and have about all the expedition gear needed today, it's GREEN for launch, just need to finalize the charity supporting and work out logistics and meals on the road...I plan to camp out, rough it, mountain ride, adventure cycling along the way. I'll share the whole story here and over here

Namaste, Blessings from a Holy Roller & Uncle BP! (: 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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