Sunday, September 5, 2010

Arctic2Argentina 2012 - Interview with Bob Stewart.

Perich to pedal from the Arctic to Argentina in IBD awareness ride

by Brian 브라이안 Perich on Monday, September 6, 2010 at 12:04am

LaSalle adventurer set to trek for IBD

MARATHON RIDER: Brian Perich takes a self-portrait while on a recent training ride in South Korea. Perich, a LaSalle native, currently lives in Seoul, South Korea, but will be returning toCanada for a massive Arctic Circle to South America ride for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada in 2013.

By Bob Stewart

Brian Perich’s adventures have seen him crisscross North America on a motorcycle, accumulating 24,000 km in 60 days; lead groups of teens and adults on 10-day canoe trips through Quetico Provincial Park near Atikokan, Ont.; and fully restore a Jeep in 22 days and drive it from Windsor to Victoria, BC, and eventually San Diego, Calif., before taking up surfing and mediation.

Following a 1998 motorcycle accident in Vancouver, in which he crashed broadside into a car that slid into his lane, causing extensive damage to his sciatic nerve, Perich, 36, a LaSalle native and graduate of St. Anne’s Secondary in Tecumseh, was described by paramedics at the scene as a “wandering nomad.” But his biggest adventure is yet to come.

In 2013, Perich will cycle northeast from Anchorage, Alaska, towards Inuvik, NWT, before turning southwest and traversing Canada from the Arctic Circle through the Yukon and British Columbia before cutting down through Texas and into Mexico, through Cental and South America before ending in Argentina.The globe-pedalling tour is all part of raising money and awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation via the IDEAS Foundation of Canada.

See Cycle, page 12.

Perich is calling his Arctic leg of the race, simply, One—Arctic to Argentina A2A.

IBD is a group of disorders that cause the sections of the gastrointestinal tract to become inflamed and ulcerated through an abnormal response of the body’s immune system. There are two main forms of IBD: Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). “It’s all about raising social awareness for those suffering with IBD and living to their fullest with a chronic illness for which there is no cure,” said Perich from his current home in his wife’s native South Korea, where he teaches English when not cycling throughout the country with the informal cycling group he founded, Cycling International.

“They need our support, so I am riding for them, and asking for community or charity donations to fund research for a cure, supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundations of Canada and America, to continue their research to help improve the quality of life for those suffering from IBD.”

Currently, there are approximately 200,000 Canadians and 1.4 million Americans suffering from IBD-related illnesses. Although there is currently no cure for IBD, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada is a not-for-profit organization that believes a cure can be found.

Cycling chroniclesPerich’s cycling adventures across the Korean peninsula have become something of an Internet sensation through his blog and on the social networking site Facebook, where the almost daily updates and photo essays of his site-seeing, training and good will-spreading. Perich’s One adventure has received media coverage for his cycling endeavors on he Korean Broadcasting System’s KBS radio, and in the Korean Times national newspaper.

“Anyone joining this ride can support another charity of their choosing and we can ride supporting each other,” Perich explained. “Also, anyone that is interested is welcome to join segments of this bicycle expedition for fun, adventure and a load of cycling on the road. There’s no barriers or attitudes. It’s about moving in a new direction."

You can follow Perich’s cycling adventures through his blog at PEDALLER: Brian Perich in South Korea, following a cycling trip from Gangneung, Gangwondo province to Busan, Gyeongsannamdo Province on the Korean peninsula’s east coast earlier in 2009.[Since this article was written:  I have teamed with Education Through Expeditions, ETE founder, Polar Explorer - Antony Jinman. Since the new launch of this non-profit, global green educational programme, there will be regular updates from the expedition directly linked to school educational programs in the UK and other participating countries. It's truly rewarding working with Antony's non-profit organization raising environmental, cultural and health awareness while pursuing the dreams on a 32,000km marathon.]*
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Early days of Adventure cycling & MTB touring around Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Cycling in Korea, Bicycle Adventure Touring
Get fit, Ride. 830m peak ahead. Gangneung -Pyeongchang-gun-Jinbu to Jeonseong to Donghae and Gangneung again! 257km loop with 7+ 700m mountains to ascend. Good training ground for global rides.
Bike captured in nature


Blackcat, backpack with tools, pump, patches, double water bottles
Fueled on fruit!

Dragon flies -nature is beautiful
Cycling in Korea:
Essential ingredients to 24hour cycling missions...^^Peace Grillo!

PyeongChang County (PyeongChang-gun) is a county in Gangwon province, South Korea and the third largest county in the country. It is located in the Taebaek Mountains region, and is home to a number of Buddhist temples, including Woljeongsa. The county is around 180 km to the east of Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
The altitude of PyeongChang is wide-ranging. Its best known place, Daegwallyeong-myeon, averages between 700 m to 800 m above sea level, with some areas over 1,000 m high.[1] Daegwallyeong-myeon has a humid continental climate (Koppen climate classification Dwb) with warm, humid summers and long, cold winters.
Jinbu -Camp!!

Cycling in Korea:

Hwy 59, Gangwon-do Province, Korea (Northeastern passage...see Sokcho/Gangneung)

Small town of Jinbu, 40km from Gangneung City, Gangwon-do .

Bike Camping and hanging the clothes on the line to dry

A little camp fire to keep cozy

Bicycle Camp-Lite 2010

Waking up in the morning to a view of my camping location

Sandals ready to flop around the camp

Loading tent onto the crossbar, the handlebar bag has tomatoes today!

Rear seat-clamp rack with backpack for my clothes and sleeping bag, accessories

Notice the rear view mirror, headlights, tent, bike computer, bell, tripod.

Bike-Ultra Camp 2010, South Korea

Fully loaded "vegetarian" touring, fueled on veggies, raw tomatoes like these are powerful fixes for long hauling.

Essential fuel for bike touring pros
Follow signs along this route

Countryside in Gangwon Province, pristine & developed

No Cars!

Light rain ahead of my trail, coolness to enjoy the ride

Moving southern, Hwy 59 -Joy! Restaurant coming up on the right

Pavement perfection, smoothest ride in Gangwon, no traffic still!

Rolling thunder, inspired by Vyacheslav!

This junction, left to Imgye (East to Donghae, 7+ -700 meter mountains to cross-my route!), Right to Jeongseon (Taebaek)

Bok Sang, my new Cycling friend in Korea! (we met at the junction, he was heading East, I followed him!) ^^..

Yeah!!!! Bok Sang!!!

Amazing scenery throughout this day, here it is!

Gangwondo, Korea!

Bok Sang sent me a few more photos today!

Cycling in Korea 2010 Jeongseon-Donghae route

Walking/Riding on mountain area= exercise!

Bike Camp-Lite Touring in South Korea, July 2010

Another huge climb!!!

Bike Camp-Lite Touring in South Korea, July 2010

Group ride southeast from Gangneung's Lotte Soju factory, with Min Gyu and Jonathon...2

Famers working their rice fields in July, almost ready for harvest in some local areas, watching in September!

Gangneung countryside, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Getting baked on the bike, hammer long and tired...

Mission Control

New cycling crew, two were special guests at my wedding in July, right is a serious cyclist recovered from a car wreck.

My watermelon patch on the road

Cheers for watermelon, nature's goodness on a tour!

reaching Busan outer limits, July 2010

Pusan National University (station)

Happy polishing off 672km in 7 days! 7 -700meter peaks, 1 830meter peak from sea level, challenging eastern terrain riding, fully kitted, bike camp-lite touring

Local flooding from the rain that punished/motivated us to churn out 175km on day 2!

Doing the deal

Night training, Gangneung southbound, July 2010

Min Gyu (Kwandong University) took this photo, thanks bro!

Min Gyu (Kwandong University)
Gangneung defences from North Korea, my local scene

Triples -great lighting, this set were destroyed on the Busan ride (rainsoaked)

Spring riding, April 2010

Spring riding, April 2010

Heavenly lights, trail riding -post Hwangsa (Yellow Dust) exposure, ride to respiratory recovery

Hey, we ride....what about you???

Good times, cycling and meeting great people along the way!

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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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