Expeditions

PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN OVER 2011, TRAINING  IN SOUTH KOREA AND COMPLETING EXPEDITIONS ACROSS WESTERN CHINA, XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION AND SICHUAN AND YUNNAN, CHINA HIMALAYAS BY BIKE.
Western Sichuan, Kham Province
Aksai Chin Mountains, Northern Himalayas of Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
Daegwallyeong, Gangwon, South Korea - Winter cycling in Korea
-20 Celsius Micro Adventure to Yong Pyeong, Gangwon, Korea
Thermostat in a good place.
A fantastic S24O (Sub-24 Hour Overnight) Adventure
Downhill from the sheep farms, Daegwallyeong, Korea
Aksai Chin Mountains, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China
Crossing the Taklamakan Desert Desert Highway (552km) part of a 1700km ride through the high altitude deserts of western China
Irrigated grass and a ribbon of pavement stretching the length of South Korea.
Micro-Adventure Korea, I met a Cougar and narrowly escaped it's clutches while riding after midnight in the mountains of Gangwon Province, Korea 30km north of Jeongseon (Hwy 456 to South Hwy 35)
Proudly supporting and partnered with several global explorer foundations.
Urban riding through central Sichuan, China
Getting high on altitude, Baima Snow Mountain, Yunnan, China
Sichuan-Tibet Highway, the photo says it all, this place is awesome.
Shredding 15kg of body mass in 38 cycling days, over a 60 day expedition.
Meeting Uighur cultures and sharing my journals and taking their email/QQ addresses to share later
Karakoram Highway, south of the Tian Shan Mountains (Xinjiang Uighur A.R.)
Masked for hydration, sun protection, dust protection when the storms hit I am well prepared to deal with it
60kg of mountain bike and camping/repair/first aid/H2O filtration/Solar charging equipment
Dream big, achieve the dream by putting yourself into motion, pass the time like watching adventure programming on television (like Bear Grylls, of course he is much more adventurous than me!)
Sit down in the Tian Shan Mountain deserts with Uighur Muslim truckers, share a melon together. (:
Excellent campsite, out of sight, out of this world too. Love the altitude and the deserts.
Learn to read Chinese pinyin and mind the Arabic language used by the native Uighur cultures for centuries.
My friend Haligul, a nurse that crossed the highway. She looks like my older sister Christie. We shared a nice conversation together, I couldn't stay long at the start of the expedition. Her father is ill, I hope he recovers.
Back in South Korea at Gangneung Bike Mart, 12 hours before leaving for China we start building expedition  cycles, I had two options the 1994 Kona Explosif MTB and the 2008 Blackcat MTB. I rode the second.
This is the sorting out of expedition gear for the first expedition in infrared filter.
The clothing also being sorted here, as I am formerly a motorcycle tourer, I needed to reduce the options.
Essential bits in here are water filtration/tuque/stove/fuel bottles,GPS from IDEAS foundation (Thanks Rob)
Electronics all stowed in Rubbermaid Tubberwear container. Portable hard-drive, AC/DC converter, alarms, mini-tripod, global power outlet adapter and toilet paper (bring loads, you'll need it with altitude deserts!)
CV OF ADVENTURE EXPEDITIONS, WORLD TRAVEL, GUIDING, AND DISTANCES
  • 1988-1992 Amateur bicycle racing, team training (Caboto Velo, Maple Leaf Cycling Club, Canada)
  • 1991 Bicycle touring experiment, 297 miles (480 km), 21 hours. 
  • 1992 Bicycle touring experiment, 223 miles (360 km), 16 hours.
  • 1993 Adventure canoe guide, Voyageur Wilderness Programme, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
  • 1994 Motorcycle adventure, 4970 miles (8000 km), 7 days (Windsor, Ontario-Vancouver, British Columbia via the continental United States).
  • 1995 Motorcycle adventure, 2485 miles (4000 km), 2 days 18 hours. (Vancouver, British Columbia via the continental United States)
  • 1996 Motorcycle adventures, approximately 3600 miles (5794km)
  • 1997 Backpacking through Big Bend National Park, USA into Mexico (400km)
  • 1998 Motorcycle adventures, approximately, 6852 miles  (11028 km)
  • 1999 Jeep CJ Adventures, USA and Canada, 5903 miles  (9500 km)
  • 2000 Adventure tour guiding, 5000 mile (8046 km) in 21 days; 2500 mile (4023 km) in 14 days.
  • 2001 Motorcycle adventures, California, 840 miles (1351 km), 5 days.
  • 2008-2012 Cycling in South Korea, 2500km (2008); 10,000km (2009-2010)
  • 2011 Korea Randonneur Race, 297 miles (478 km), 26 hours.
  • 2011 HimalayasX2011 expedition of western China. 1988 miles (3200 km), Cycling 38 days through Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Sichuan-Kham Province, Yunnan.
  • 2012 Mongolia X2012, continuation of the mountain bike expedition location is Outer Mongolia. Completed 2499km across country in 45 days. A book writing project begins 9/2012 to explain the adventure with technical anecdotes on adventure touring.


Past Adventures/Expeditions:


MongoliaX2012, Second independent MTB expedition of Outer Mongolia’s Steppe grasslands, northern strictly protected parks and sections of the Gobi Desert. Independent, self-sponsored expedition.  Project to be completed by August 2012.


HimalayasX2011, Xinjiang, Sichuan, Yunnan Provinces of western China.
Explorer/Adventurer. --  First independent MTB expedition of the western deserts and areas of the China’s northern Himalayas (Taklamakan Desert crossing 552km/5 days; 38 days of cycling, total distance 3200km (1988 miles). Completed in the summer of 2011.


Motorcycle Independent Adventures. Continental United States and Canada. 1994-1998.
Completed one 9500km (6000 mile) expedition crossing the USA between Detroit-Phoenix-San Francisco-Vancouver, British Columbia in 17 days. Completed two 4000km (2500 mile) solo-expeditions between Windsor, Ontario, Canada and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 7 days. Details on these expeditions can be found on my adventure website for reference. In total, for X-American adventures, I accumulated 24,000km (15,000 miles) in a total of 60 days, 5 independent journeys. These motorcycle expeditions were all completed independently of sponsors, solo, and self-supported in all areas where I traveled in North America.




Voyageur Wilderness Program, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada 1993/1999.
Canoe instructor/Adventure Guide – Responsible for orientating groups of 18 students/3 high school counselors and leading 9/10 day adventures across Quetico Provincial Park. 5 Treks completed.


Suntrek Adventures, Santa Rosa, California, USA 2000.
Adventure Tour Guide – Completed one 8000km (5000 mile) 21-day adventure across the American Southwest. Completed two 4000km (2500 mile) 14 days adventures across the Southwest.


Bicycle Racing, Touring and Adventure Cycling. 1988-2012.
Adventure Cyclist. – I have been active in cycling since my youth and continue to advocate in blogs and social media outlets today. I am currently involved with non-profit foundations (IDEAS, ETE) through expeditions.



The Motorcycle Journeys 1994-1998


Purchased first 500cc twin-cylinder Suzuki GS500E in the winter of 1993.



  • MAY 1994-AUGUST 1994:

*Motorcycled locally throughout the winter season.



  • R/T Journey 1: Windsor,Ontario to Pinery Provincial Park, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 300 MILES (482 KM), 2 DAYS.



  • R/T Journey 2: Windsor,Ontario to Algonquin Provincial Park, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 650 MILES (1046 KM), 18 HOURS.



  • R/T Journey 3: Windsor,Ontario to Vancouver,British Columbia, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 5200 MILES (8368 KM), 7 DAYS, 4 HOURS.



  • MAY 1995 - AUGUST 1995:

*Motorcycled locally throughout the entire winter season.



  • R/T Journey 4: Vancouver,British Columbia to Vancouver Island, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 120 MILES  (200 KM), 2 DAYS. Toured from Nanaimo to Victoria to to Port Renfrew up past Fairy and Lizard Lakes nearing Lake Cowichan.



  • R/T Journey 5: Vancouver,British Columbia to Seattle, Washington, USA.

DISTANCE: 240 MILES (386 KM), 1 DAY.



  • One way / Journey 6: Vancouver,British Columbia ARRIVE: Windsor,Ontario

DISTANCE: 2500 MILES (4023 KM), 2 DAYS, 22 HOURS.



  • R/T Journey 7: Windsor, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 475 MILES (764 KM), 8 HOURS.



  • R/T Journey 8: Windsor,Ontario to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

DISTANCE: 650 MILES (1046 KM), 2 DAYS.



  • MAY - AUGUST 1996:


  • One way / Journey 9: Banff, Alberta, Canada to Vancouver, B.C.

DISTANCE: 566 MILES (911 KM), 2 DAYS.

  • R/T Journey 10: Vancouver,British Columbia to Seaside,Oregon, USA.

650 MILES (1046 KM), 2 DAYS.


LONGEST CONTINUOUS TRIP ACROSS AMERICA (1996):



  • One way / Journey 11: Vancouver, British Columbia to Windsor, Ontario, Canada

DISTANCE: 5000 MILES (8046 KM), 12 DAYS.


MAJOR STOPS ALONG THE ROUTE (START IN VANCOUVER, CANADA):
1.SEATTLE,WASHINGTON, USA
2.OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK,WASHINGTON, USA
3.SEASIDE/CANNON BEACH,OREGON, USA
4.NORTH BEND/COOS BAY,OREGON, USA
5.ARCATA,CALIFORNIA, USA
6.REDDING,CALIFORNIA, USA
7.LASSEN NATIONAL VOLCANIC PARK, USA
8.RENO,NEVADA, USA
9.SALT LAKE CITY,UTAH, USA
10.EVANSTON,WYOMING, USA
11.SARATOGA,WYOMING, USA
12.CENTENNIAL,WYOMING, USA
13.FT COLLINS,COLORADO, USA
14.BOULDER,COLORADO, USA
15.DENVER,COLORADO, USA
16.NORTH PLATTE,NEBRASKA, USA
17.OMAHA,NEBRASKA, USA
18.DES MOINES,IOWA, USA
19.DUBUEQUE,IOWA, USA
20.CHICAGO,ILLINOIS, USA
21.DETROIT, MICHIGAN , USA
22.ARRIVE IN: WINDSOR,ONTARIO, CANADA. (Day 12)



  • MAY - AUGUST  1998


  • R/T Journey 12: Windsor,Ontario to Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA.

MILEAGE: 300 miles (482 KM), 2 DAYS.



  • R/T Journey 13: Windsor,Ontario to Tobermory, Miller Lake, Sauble Beach, Grand Bend, and London, Ontario, return to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

MILEAGE: 650 miles (1046 KM), 4 days.




LONGEST CONTINUOUS TRIP ACROSS AMERICA (1998):





  • One-way / Journey 14: Windsor,Ontario TO: Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA.

DISTANCE: 5900 miles (9495 KM), 18 days.


MAJOR STOPS ALONG THE ROUTE (1998):1. DETROIT, LANSING, GRAND RAPIDS, HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, USA.2. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA.3. DES MOINES, IOWA, USA.4. DENVER, COLORADO, USA.5. GOLDEN, COLORADO, USA.6. IDAHO SPRINGS, COLORADO, USA.7. GEORGETOWN, COLORADO, USA.8. GRANT, COLORADO, USA.9. TELLURIDE, COLORADO, USA.10.MONTROSE, COLORADO, USA.11 MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK, UTAH, USA.12.ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, MOAB, UTAH, USA.13.FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA, USA.14.SEDONA, ARIZONA, USA.15.PHOENIX, ARIZONA, USA.16.TEMPE, ARIZONA, USA.17.MOJAVE DESERT, NEVADA, USA.19.JOSHUA TREE MONUMENT, NEVADA, USA.20.WESTLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA.21.SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA.22.EUREKA, CALIFORNIA, USA.23.BANDON, OREGON, USA.24.COOS BAY, OREGON, USA.25.OREGON DUNES NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, USA.26.PORTLAND, OREGON, USA.27.SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA.28.ARRIVE: VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA. (Day 18)
TOTAL DISTANCE/TIME FOR 5 EXTENDED MOTORCYCLE TOURS: 24,000KM (60 days)

*Motorcycle-car head-on collision in 1998. I went through physiotherapy for four months and rehabilitated on Vancouver Island mushroom picking in rain forests. Hence, I have returned to cycling and adventure mountain biking since 2007-2012. (:




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Adventure Cyclist, Explorer, Father, University Lecturer
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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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