HimalayasX2011, Western China Expedition supporting IDEAS foundation & ETE Education Through Expeditionsby Brian Perich on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 4:50pm
About the preparation for MTB expeditions into the Himalayas:60 days away, 38 cycling days, 3200km (1988 miles), terrain desert/Himalayan, 3820km standing-only train journey, 3 provinces, 100km a day (average), Western China, Borohoro ranges of Tian Shan, Taklamakan Desert, Cudi Himalayas, 3 mountain ranges 4000m+, Offroad through central Sichuan Province, Lugu Hu Lake, Shangri-La, Deqin, Yunnan...
"I had protein, loads of bobybuilding type, couldn't carry it when the BOB IBEX trailer failed to launch with the Kona Explosif frame build, two disasters averted with the 2008 Blackcat I rode 10000km in Korea (purchased complete bike for $400 on Gmarket online auction). The replacement components originated from a last minute purchase of a used 2008 Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Deluxe AM mountain bike complete with Bontrager Race Disc wheelsets.
The expedition bike build started at my friend/bike shop owner AN DAE GI bike mart in Gangneung just 12 hours before I took the ferry to China. We finished the build at 1am, I returned home repacking again and finally started driving to Incheon, Korea at 3am. Finally, narrowly missing driving off the mountain roads, despite a slipping transmission in my 2000 Kia Carens (LPG!) I successfully arrived at the Incheon Port by 630am, and launching on the ferry at 10am without a wink of sleep....tight! (: Feeling a mixture of being blessed and unbelievably lucky, I followed through entirely throughout the expedition and completed successfully independently of title sponsorship, elaborate plans, or challenges that I could not overcome.
- Prelude to the MTB expedition: 30 hour ferry between Tianjin, China / Incheon, South Korea ($150)
- Brake adjustments and rack repair/assembly in Beijing, China ($20)
- 36 hour stand-room only train between Beijing and Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Hospitalization in Urumqi, Xinjang Uyghur for blood clotting. ($50)
- Front rack repair/assembly with re-bar steel purchased from street recyclers (.25 cents)
Peace - Brian Perich - Adventurer
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