I think you website amazing!... BTW
-Mike..October 8, 2009
I'm glad Jenn Pedde introduced you. Well, short-notice fund-raising...??? I think you should consider setting up an account with http://www.kiva.org/ - A microlending organization, then you set out to make a Facebook group and Website about your tour in Japan. I haven't even started the charity fund-raising yet, as I am training for the big ride and getting media attention well in advance. Kiva is simple, and you can raise money in Korea with a few poker tournaments or other activities, but on short-notice, it won't be easy. You want the message out there, and you should canvass all your friends and family to make a small donation. Later, when you finish the tour, you can take the funds in the Kiva account, and loan them to various entrepreneurs in developing countries, I think this is your best strategy on short notice! Keep me posted on your cycling and charity campaign, & I wish you an excellent bike journey!!
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Michael Rosenfield: June 4, 2011
Brian, I have friends in Ansan near Oido station - how do you normally bike from Ansan to Seoul-what routes? I haven't biked there yet but lived there for a couple months.
P.S. I listened to your radio interview it was pretty cool. I guess I am a couple years late. You did that 2 years ago-right?..
Hi Mike, yeah really the same interview...same plan. From Ansan, good cycling is actually found south of there. Ansan to the park that runs south from Haundaeup Station (Hanyang University in Ansan) towards Sungloksu Station, but continue south in the park, follow the rice fields, there are paved paths throughout and you pass a number of green houses, some main roads, eventually a large overpass you take with the bike and continue towards Suwon (signs for Osan) and you run parallel to the subway train route, finally Suwon, Pyeongtaek, and Cheonan (1/2 way to Daejeon), you can take the subway train back into Ansan, you just cycled 80km or 50 miles. If you spend a night in Cheonan (jim-jil-bang, Public Sauna/Co-ed Guesthouse), the next day you can actually ride to Boryeong-Daecheon beach -where the famous 'Mud Festival' is held every year. They have a wonderful campground in the off season too (now), that distance is approximately 110km. Continuing south, you can cycle all the way down to Buan-gun and Byeongsanbando National Park, or continue the longer haul to Mokpo in Jeollanamdo Province. As far as cycling to Seoul from Ansan, you would follow the subway line from Incheon (Ansan, Siheung, Incheon over to the Han River...or Ansan, Gunpo, Anyang, north through the satellite cities). Enjoy the rides, I lived in Ansan for many years (korean years, 4 in total). I'm preparing a MA dissertation and preparing for an expedition across western China's Takalamakan Desert and Tibet, the Himalayas. Hopefully, a new interview when I get back to Korea.
Peace and thanks for this message, will post to korean-world.blogspot.com