Thursday, May 7, 2009

313kms, 2.5 days, Weekend Training Camp, My Pain/Joy in Cycling

313kms, 2.5 days, Mountainous terrain & fresh pavement
Nowhere to sleep, so park-camping with clothes on back

Got a few winks of sleep tonight, can't complain about it.


Great to hear from you finally! Your training schedule must be tremendous preparing for those two peaks, both well beyond my imagination as a cyclist...I climbed Mt. Rundle in Banff National Park years ago, a great recreational hike to reach some peaks above the tree line, but no risks or dangers you must prepare for, so that must be incredible to accomplish! I've spoken with John C. Scott recently and he suggested I develop a concrete plan/goal to accomplish to present to potential sponsors or charities like CCFC or CCFA.

I'm interested in the Arctic to Argentina Pan-American route to raise awareness...with John Scott's recent work with Rubberside Down with Vin and Greg
he's been extremely busy and the movie has been a success for the charity. Speaking to John earlier, I thought he suggested that I visit all the local chapters across Canada to complete my ride. Essentially, at that point my ride shifted from Artic to NFLD, Canada to accomodate the chapter charity fund-raising activities. However, the plan was in flux and I changed the route per John's suggestions.

There was a lag for several months, finally, I emailed John again...and he is extremely busy with the Rubberside Down promotion and work back at Chrysler. He did respond that my route across Canada wouldn't stir much attention since Greg and Vin did the same route (from Victoria, BC) to St. John's. He did suggest that my original route to Argentina would be more unique, and CCFC would take at least a slight interest in it. I was confused because the Crohns and Colitis Foundation President of GYGIG (Get Your Guts In Gear) responded positively IF I could link up with their summer Charity touring events across a few States. The problem is they are not everywhere...just a few select States, and how would I get to all the Canadian chapters and those US rides in one summer on the way to Patagonia, seemed impossible. In that "Loop" the ride took a dive and John didn't take interest in my cycle trip [evident in a recent email response a few days ago, will forward]. I'm an amateur when it comes to promotion and planning [all I can do is ride long-distance without complaint, cycling is strong, training is great in Korea] but promoting the idea into action riding requires a second or third party, for that part, I am not up to the task. I've even considered riding in sections of the route, over several years. Like which is continuous mountain biking with breaks back in the UK. Better yet, the already successful Nicholi Bangsgaard from Denmark is currently rolling into Year 4 of his WT...a model for all intrepid cyclists eagar to WT in the common age of Eco-travel, save the petrol/'s all wind (sailing) and 99% cycling, definitely check him out @ - He's accepting PayPal to support his current ride, check the Days for Sale link, I'm in there!!! ^^.

All for now, Rob: I wish you a strong training in advance of these tremendous expeditions, anything crosses your mind about my cycle that would support the Crohns and Colitis Foundations, I'm all ears about it. I like to make a correction I've had [a close relative] experiencing Colitis for 9 years now, we talk about it often now...since talking to John C. Scott.

Warm Regards, Brian

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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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