Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winter is a time for Dreaming, Inspiration! ...Cycling to Light!!!

Around the northern hemisphere of our world, we enter the toughest season for feeling motivated, positive, and determined to achieve our success

Do not give up HOPE, just try a little harder to see the LIGHT in the DARKNESS

Bicycle riding and bicycle touring are my means to find inspiration between the dark days of winter. Enjoy, I will share this inspiration with you, return if you need a boost of positive energy. Recharge yourself from the inside-out. Exercise is key to your health. (: 

Photos are winter cycling in Korea. The other photos come from HimalayasX2011, an expedition starting in a Dream in Korea,  turning to Adventure starting around Beijing and continuing across western China in the summer of 2011.

Famous Quotes - From those who chose the road to inspiration, never stuck on the ice.

"It is the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels." ~ Heinz Stucke 


"If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on." ~ Lance Armstrong 


 "Anything is possible. You can be told you have a 90 percent chance, or a 50 percent chance or a 1 percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight."~ Lance Armstrong 


"Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike." ~ John F. Kennedy 


"When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man's convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man's brain that was entirely beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle."  ~ Elizabeth West 

"Think of bicycles as ride-able art that can just about save the world." ~ Grant Petersen 


"To all the cynics, I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you can't believe in miracles." ~ Lance Armstrong


"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." ~ Lao Tzu 


 "When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race." ~ H.G. Wells


 "Get a bicycle. You will certainly not regret it, if you live." ~ Mark Twain 
"The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine." ~ John Howard



"Things look different from the seat of a bike carrying a sleeping bag with a cold beer tucked inside."  ~ Jim Malusa


 "Cycling is unique. No other sport lets you go like that - where there's only the bike left to hold you up. If you ran as hard, you'd fall over. Your legs wouldn't support you." ~ Steve Johnson

 "After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable.  A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go.  You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow."  ~ H.G. Wells



"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."  ~ Ernest Hemingway


"Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia."  ~ H.G. Wells


 "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." ~ Albert Einstein

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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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