- A large water bottle. You can stop at any gas station to fill it up so long as you ask politely.
- Sunscreen. I regret not bringing some along because on the third day of my trip I found myself in the countryside with red arms and a red face.
- Large bag of raisins. As recommended to me by Brian, these dry fruit provide instant energy and knowing that you`ve got some in your gear is can be useful when trying to motivate yourself to get to the top of an uphill section.
- Cash. You will end up spending less than you bring, but having enough cash handy to bail you out of an awkward situation will also give you piece of mind.
- Camping gear. I found Jim-jil-bangs, which are public bathhouse/sauna/accomodations in one! (approx. 7,000 won/night saunas) to stay at both nights of my trip but it is better to be on the safe side and bring a tent and sleeping bag if you have them. You don’t want to be stuck overnight in a town that has no such saunas and have to fork out more money on a hotel.
Day 1: Gangneung to Donghae to Samcheok, starting distance 57km
Day 2: Samcheok to Pyeonghae, accumulated 167kms.
Day 3: Pyeonghae to Pohang, accumulated 240kms.
Total: 197.2km (linear distance) -240km (actual) according to http://distancecalculator.himmera.com/find
6. If I could bring two things that I left behind they would be sunscreen and a light long-sleeved shirt. They would have kept me from burning up in the sun and it was a rookie mistake not to bring them along. I wouldn’t have left much behind but I would have found a way to take some of the weight out of my backpack and onto my bike rack.
8. - Ben's 10 top reasons why Cycling in Korea & Bicycle Touring is a good idea:
- It’s a beautiful country.
- The local people are kind and those I met were more than happy to help along the way.
- It is great exercise (I lost 3.5 kilos in 3 days).
- You will see parts of the country you would miss if you were travelling by bus or car.
- You will not forget the experience (I’ve got loads of pictures and funny stories from along the way).
- It may be easier than you think. My previous longest bike ride was somewhere around 15 km.
- It’s cheaper than going out to a bar all weekend and much more satisfying. (:
- Being on a bike for a few days is a big break for the mind and relieves any stress you may have built up.
- It is an environmentally-friendly form of entertainment.
- You will gain self-confidence and feel proud of yourself for trying something different and achieving a goal.