Thursday, August 20, 2009

Letters w/ Nicoli Bangsgaard - 52.200 km on his cycling WT 2006-2010

2009/8/12 Brian [writes...] Featured: 2009 Koga-Miyata World Traveller. Will be used on the next expedition through the Arctic Circle of Canada to the southern tip of Patagonia, Argentina.

It's great to see you, [whom] I would dub, "the quintessential world cyclist" out on the road, when I read about good fortunes with Canadians in Montreal, I wanted to add to it, being a Canadian, who once traveled around the US in the 75'Jeep with DK stickers pasted on the back. I have setup a new blog for my Arctic to Argentina charity ride in 2012, and I have been printed in The Korean Times, interviewed on KBS World Radio did a a live KBS World Radio interview (30 minutes!) and TBS eFM 101.3 in Seoul, South Korea. Some local Canadian papers are running a story this week. I am riding supporting the Crohn's and Colitis Foundations of Canada and America through tertiary non-profit groups like IDEAS -Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society of Canada. IDEAS founder and CCFC activist
Robert Hill, a "Triathlete, adventure racer, climber, mountaineer, ostomate and Crohn’s sufferer" founded IDEAS - Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society and his non-profit foundation will be instrumental in coordinating my mission with the people/activists across Canada. IBD Adventures, led by Robert Hill, learn more about how you can get involved and donate now!, their team of dedicated IBD-activists are currently campaigning through expedition to summit Kilimanjaro in September 2009, work that supports raising awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) and efforts for funding the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada to continue community outreach and research to discover the solution to these incurable, painful and debilitating gastrointestinal diseases that affect 200,000 people in Canada alone. My partnership with IDEAS will be instrumental for fund-raising activities, as well as, many of the 80 local chapters of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. I will do everything to coordinate my mission with activists across Canada. I am reaching further to help efforts in the United States with a synchronized ride enroute from the Arctic Circle at one venue in New York State, the GYGIG-Get Your Guts in Gear 210-mile charity cycling event. Given the commitments I will be making to all sponsorship, non-profit organizations, I will be riding in early spring 2012 from Whitehorse to the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories of Canada before turning south to the Yukon and British Columbia landing in Vancouver/Victoria to commence the Cross-Canada portion of the expedition. Then cycling across Canada to St. John's, Newfoundland and finally crossing the Canadian/American border to New York. From the U.S. Eastern coast following an undetermined route to Brownsville, Texas...tracing your steps back to Mexico and Central and South America. I mentioned Alastair Humphreys and Tim and Cindie Travis in my interview, you were the next in my credit to real world WT travellers, but I won't miss the chance next time. HELP NICOLI CYCLE AROUND THE WORLD, HIS DAYS ARE FOR SALE HERE! I want to be your friend and fellow ultra-marathoner cyclist long after your mission has ended, you have helped me find the strength to push past my financial, family, *(academic pursuit-hello ALGC classmates ^^!) and job commitments and see a new vision for WT 2012, even if it's only part of the world, I'd be happy with that (: Thanks for your courage, determination, and inspiration, it's actually quite priceless to me!!! Warm Regards from Korea

[Nicoli writes...]
Brian, my man...
What a great, great surprise, Mr. Perich. Seriously, I'm dumbfounded in a very positive way to see this huge encouragement from South Korea. In line with my surprise is, that I just got back from that same bike dealer here in Montreal with a brand new rear wheel on my bike (this time I had to pay myself, and it was exactly 112.88 CAN dollar). It's that funny. So, Brian, I'm proud to announce you my new (old) bike sponsor. I wasn't sure which days you wanted, but I've put you on the Hall of Fame, end of the list, in a total of 6 days. Thank you so much for the moral and Hall of Fame support. We have to meet up somewhere someday, Brian, and the beers will be on me, for sure...Best regards, Nicolai

2009/8/12 Brian [writes...]

Fresh watermelon. A cyclists dream! Thanks Murray DP!
Thanks to my long-time friend and supporter Mr. Brian Sullivan for taking this photograph on our recent ride on South Korea's Eastern Coast (Hwy 7, Dubbed...The Asian Highway...or otherwise known as road through mountains. Brute training grounds with soft spots, and challenging ascents, lovely decents and bends, or sneak onto the new Hwy 7, solid stone...we did that and had a police escort to find our way back to the old Hwy 7 and the beautiful coast lay beneath us, thanks God, we enjoyed it all!

[Nicholi writes:]
Hi Brian... Thanks for the update! It seems like long-distance cycling is in your blood, and once that's a fact, there no cure but go riding! Am excited on your behalf for your upcoming 2012-adventures.
Nicolai (Quebec)

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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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