Friday, February 17, 2012


Adventurer sets course of returning to the Himalayas with a second mountain bike expedition starting north of the Taklamakan Desert. The expansive territory of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region include desert crossings to reach high altitude desert plateaus (5000+ meter altitude) descending to the lush wildlife inhabited jungles of Nepal to the Himalayas of northern India is route for the HimalayasX2012. In 2011, Brian Perich completed a round-China expedition with twists in the journey. A 30-hour passenger ferry from Incheon, South Korea to Tianjin, China was only the beginning. Once landed in mainland China, he cycled in Beijing and boarded an overcrowded passenger train traveling 3240km to Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. After standing for 36 hours without access to a toilet, and drinking only boiled water while wedged between passenger cars and people, he endured the real experience of economy train travel across China. Liberated by local Han Chinese university lecturer-turned oil company executive, he sponsored  a free apartment to recover from blood clotting in his legs and feet, a free visit to a local hospital. Adding the generous assistance of Uyghur bicycle owners and mechanics repairing the brakes and reinforcing the make-shifted front racks...he launched into a 3200km (1800km) whirl through the Tian Shan Mountains, across the Taklamakan Desert en route through the southern Silk Road to the northern Himalayas and back to Kashgar, Urumqi and continuing stage two, across Chengdu, Sichuan to the Himalayas and south through Yunnan Province ending the expedition at Deqin, Yunnan. It was the most extreme adventure to date, beyond the borders, into the cultures, languages, people, he encountered genuine kindness, generosity, serendipity and magic that can only be found while traveling long distances using only a bicycle, foot and thumb on the road. 

This solo expedition is supporting several non-profit organizations:
 Local sponsorship: AN DAE GI at Gangneung Bike Mart, Gangwon-do, South Korea
 My sponsor knows mountain bikes and has built my recycled mountain touring bike.
 I will be using the same equipment from the HimalayasX2011
 Bicycle touring expeditions like a pro. Simple is reliable.
 Fully loaded Blackcat mountain bike, frame is aluminum alloy.
 Day and nights on expedition routes to complete in 60 days.

Updates to come....
Passing camel tracks in the Borohoro section of the Tian Shan Mountains, Xinjiang Uyghur 

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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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