Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Day 45 - MongoliaX2012 Expedition Completed...2499km of endurance, adventure, challenge and triumph...TBC

MONGOLIA X2012 EXPEDITION COMPLETED IN 45 DAYS

PHOTO SAMPLE OF THE 2499KM JOURNEY ON A MOUNTAIN BIKE. 

 Riding across top of the world, 45 Days in Mongolia
 Writing the book currently, when completed it will contain everything I went through on the expedition, along with tips on equipment choices for long-distance, off-road endurance missions.
End of the journey, made it to the Mongolian Altai Taven-Bogd Mountain glaciers (Russia on the right, China on the left, Mongolia at the center) Peaks behind are at an altitude of 4500 meters, 14763 feet. 
Live to Ride. Camp for free. Live the Dream. 
Riding a LYNSKEY titanium M240S frame was definitely an awesome +++!
I rode to overcome fear, challenge myself on new terrain and inspire others to live their dreams.
Herder Shepard boy rides the final 2500th kilometer to complete the expedition at Altai Taven-Bogd National Park ranger station on the Mongolian, Russian and Chinese borders. 
Baruunturuun, Mongolia on the Lynskey M240S titanium frame. Tires are 26x2.0 Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tour (1100g) with racks mounted directly to FOX Racing RL32 (120mm) front suspension forks.
Sand tracks made for a trap on 107km and 137km stretches of Mongolian steppe. National Highways in Mongolia, no rest stations/restaurants but you will meet many Nomads and visit their Gers (Yurt) for refreshing Chai (goat milk/herb tea), Bread, Butter, Cream and Mongolian dried milk curd cheese.
(remember to exchange a gift, it is a Mongolian custom).
Sweet campfire over the Jiglynn Davaa (mountain pass) in Khovsgul National Park
Open roads of Mongolia, Paradise and Challenge.
I decided to step out into a new territory and try to complete a difficult expedition alone.
An idea turns into a 45-day expedition
Shaman grounds surround a forest on the western shores of Khovsgul Nuur (Lake) in the National Park
Religious location for local Nomadic Mongolian shaman
To explore, is to go beyond our comfort zones into distant lands to better see, feel, taste, touch, and communicate to understand.
Riding the Lakeshore
Stone river beds also the Jeep tracks
45kg bicycle and equipment for 45 days of expedition
Wheels by Mavic - Crossland 26" were dependable and easy to stay true.

Swimming, catching fish with a net, cooking on hot stones and collecting bleached firewood were highlights
Freedom is here in this moment, I didn't let it slip away, I lived the experience.
Camping location in the trees
After eating protein, bread and butter for two weeks, this was a real treat.
Man Vs. Fish.
The Wild Mongolia.
Another camp, another fire and photo captured using infrared filtering
Through the interior of Khovsgul, I followed the horse trails near the reindeer herding areas.
A guidebook is helpful for points on the map, and intelligence is used between to reach the next destination.
All restaurants (family Mongolian) were closed early on Saturday, this man guided me and finally had his son prepare dinner for us, it was awesome generosity and the food was amazing too.

Nomadic Mongolian herder stopped to visit, asked for water and I shared mine which was shared with me from another Nomadic family about 35km earlier in the ride that same day.
Success comes with focus, determination and daily goals for an expedition
My equipment choices were simple, recycled, and updated with the Lynskey titanium 1.3kg frame
I let many Mongolians have a ride on the bike, it was a great way to share the feeling.
I spent the summer of 2012 chasing tracks across Mongolia and learned about their culture, customs, language and amazing hospitality. A Nomadic nation that lives close to their environment and herds of animals to sustain life in a wild, undeveloped pasture and grassland with a long valley, and high mountain terrain.

45 Days in Mongolia, 2499km cycled, walked and trekked. Solo adventure with intercultural connections with Mongolian Nomads, Herders, Khalk-Mongol, Kazakh-Mongol living on the great, wild steppe, mountains, deserts of Outer Mongolia. I will have some work to do writing up the expedition this year. Updates were posted to Facebook, but the details will be released in print/PDF in 2013.

Peace from Ulaanbatar, Mongolia

Sponsor support came from LYNSKEY PERFORMANCE, USA and DONGJIN IMPORTS, KOREA

Lynskey Performance - M240S 19" titanium frame used on the Mongolia X2012.

Dongjin Sports, South Korea assisted with delivery from their inventory. 
 Custom bike assembly and service provided by Ahn Dae Gi at Gangneung Bike Mart, South Korea
 Educational, non-profit partner foundations I work with an an Ambassador Explorer are:
I would like to thank all my friends, family, partnering foundations and supporting sponsors for helping to make this expedition possible. Without the supportive community of sponsors, friends (donations helped tremendously -thanks again everyone! see sponsors page*) and the trust, love and support of my family this journey would would not have been successful. My spirit lives with inspiration to share with others.

Ride to freedom. I took the chance and lived the Dream this summer.

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Difficult challenges do not defeat you, they make you stronger tomorrow 
than you were today.
Learn to open yourself to possibilities. But be prepared to face your tests.
Build inspiration in life, when you feel full of self-doubt.

Nature and the natural world will have it's way with you.
Mark your footsteps gently while crossing over the land.

Be an inspiration of courage to others.
Always be prepared to sacrifice.

Face all  fears ahead of you.
Try to overcome.

and
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Explore!


--
Brian Perich
Adventure Cyclist, Explorer, Father, University Lecturer
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Skype: prof.brian.perich
Ph. 82.10.8075.5121 (South Korea)

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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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