Friday, October 28, 2011

RTW Correspondence with Yema in People's Republic of China :: Expeditions

Serendipity while Cycling: Meeting Yema along the highway outside Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China and cycling together towards Tibet.
[Letter from Yema, who is behind the Great Firewalls of China and cannot read this post directly, we correspond through email. I received a touching email from this Chinese intellect and decided to share on the Korean-World. I will get back to the Crazyguyonabike journal I started for the HimalayasX2011 expedition, and update for my friends in China who cannot for political reasons, read Blogger or Wordpress, or Western social media like Twitter, Facebook, etc. What is important to note, they have Weibo.com and QQ.com and other social media that is thriving in China, in case you wanted to join. Google Chrome browser will translate while navigating the site, I tested in weibo.com/cycleagain and found another cyclists in China who rode with me in Yunnan Province.]

Dear Brian: 
I’m glad to hear that you are living a happy life with your family especially that your wife accepted your adventure and loves you dearly. Your two kids are also very lovely! A good father makes a good child. There is no doubt that you can educate and cultivate them well, but always remember to be patient!

I visited one of your sites once, which I think is very wonderful. However, I think it’s a pity that you didn’t write more details vividly about your trip. One of my favorite writers Ernest Hemingway once said, If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." Parallel, cycling is also an unforgettable as well as moveable feast, among which exploring the world by bicycle is the greatest. Thus, why not put down on paper what you see and what you feel during the exciting expedition? Sadly, I didn’t write even a word about my trip to Tibet, but I’m planning to turn my experience into short stories one day. By writing down the things that moved us, our lives may also be enriched.

I admire your NW2012 very much; I hope I can read more about it next year besides the great photos. I am interested in why people are crazy in doing all kinds of things, can you tell me why you are so tirelessly travelling all around the world?

I’m sorry for not having replied your letter much earlier. These days I’m very busy in preparing for The National Entrance Examination for Postgraduate which will take place in three months later. The examination is very difficult. I took it last year but failed. However, I don’t want to give up, for I have always been dreaming of attending the Peking University for further education since I entered high school in my hometown. I will major in Chinese Literature, and I want to be a writer as well as a scholar. I must try my best, for I will not be admitted to this university unless I’m crazy and keep getting better.

Heir also loves your message very much! I’m planning to write a letter to you every Saturday or Sunday. For one thing, it’s a great pleasure to be in touch with you, sharing my life with you. For another, I want to improve my English by writing letters to you. Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, these three are my favorite English writers. I want to be as great as them and write as good as them. I would appreciate it very much if you can be my English teacher and help me command the English language with skill and gift.

At last, the following websites maybe also helpful to you and your students who want to improve their writing skill:

If there are any errors in my letter, please tell me. I’m looking forward to your reply. 
Thank you。Best wishes!


Yours truly
Yema

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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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