Saturday, July 4, 2009

Sharing cycling and nomadic ideas in the ESL classroom, Saturday mornings in Korea


I am super-happy for you on accomplishing 50,000Km already, more to come no doubt down your OPEN road. You needed an Xtracycle to bring a woman with you

I've got 1 important question for you about sizing a Koga-Miyata, I am finally through riding Made-In-China, and ready to make the move into bigger touring when I leave Korea in 2012. I'm in contact with Kogausa and want to order a KM-World Traveller, since locating a late-model @ discount, I need to guess the correct frame SIZE. Hmmmm. They are not available in Korea, so I will not SEE THIS BIKE until it is shipped. I sat on a Surly Long Haul Trucker in Seoul, Korea...a 60cm and it was way too big for me, then a 56cm seemed ok. The Koga Miyata being offered to me is a 54cm. I have an Italian racer friend, also 175cm tall, he said the 54cm would be alright ^^.

I'm 5'9" or 5 feet 9 inches, 175.26cm HEIGHT. Would a 54cm Koga be the right fit, this is a tough question, curious what size you ride & it must be comfortable fit, seeing 50K already gone by...incredible job!!!

I share your stories with my Korean ESL students, we've been discussing becoming "Nomads" and a few are interested in this subject, as I continue to push the Dream of Cycling (transamerican) with them every Saturday morning when we meet for our 3-hour lesson. Discussions usually include stories about you, Alastair Humphreys [ LINK: Hitlist on right--->], Antony Jinman [LINK: Hitlist on right---->], ...all the adventure heroes currently doing expedition work that I use as my virtual classroom, outside the ESL classroom. I've learned a lot about freedom, planning, equipment, determination, and finding satisfaction from reading your blog (and my own Hitlist on blogger^^). It's been amazing following your journey live, just hope you fix that XP problem soon, my Canadian friend [Brian Sully, arrival to Korea, photos above] asked about you, he thought you might be almost in NYC right about now, funny how your world is getting all over the world, amazing inspiration to all of us common people!!! Can't wait for your sequel (next stage) and a book at the end of this, I want to sponsor my son to follow in your Legendary Moves on the bike, for this work(out) and dedication , you'll be always remembered as a great cyclist at this time of your life. Bravo, bravo, bravo & Live Strong!

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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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