Saturday, June 4, 2011

Cycling in Korea: Routes & Microfinancing ideas for adventure cyclists

 Kitting a baby carrier with a seatpost rack (do this for only light weight children cautiously!)
 Mountain bike touring with two children in South Korea - It can be done ^^!
 Cycling the East Coast, Sokcho-Gangwondo to Busan, Gyeongsannamdo, Korea 2007
 Cycling first day with Cho In Gwang in 2007. We also bicycle toured the West Coast of Korea 2008
 Do you have this feeling? Better start cycling if the answer is - NO!!! ^^
 South Korea's northeastern coastline (East Sea and across the sea is Japan)
 Get fit, stay positive, keep cycling!
 In Korea, the roads are paved like Silk, bicycle touring here is as easy as 1-2-3
 Hwy 7, 475km route along Hwy 7 from Sokcho to Busan. See Google Maps for details*
 Making friends on the journey, makes the journey more than a journey, it's a friendship!
 Finding Buddhist temples en route, discover Cycling in Korea
 Andong Masks, Cho In Gwang took another route around Korea starting in Anyang
 Korean crafts and pieces of their cultural heritage
 Bike-lite MTB touring, it doesn't have to be expensive to impress anyone -just ride and enjoy!
 This is a Korean Jim-Jil-Bang (Public Sauna/Family accomodation coed style, $6 a night)
 Fire station in Gyeongju, Gyeongsannamdo. Definite place to visit is Seokguram and Bulguksa located on Mt. Tohamsan nearby the route from Gyeongju to Ulsan to Busan, Hwy 7.
 "Muu" for sale in the Sokcho street markets
All you need is love, and a bicycle to travel on
 Rice is abundant on the fertile plains surrounding Mount Tohamsan, Gyeongju
 Seokguram grotto in Mount Tohamsan, Gyeongju, Korea
 Bul-guk-sa, a gateway to Korean Buddhism
 Enjoy the rain on a long tour in Korea
 East coast of Korea is my Lucky "7"
 Gyeongju, Gyeongsannamdo, Korea is a UNESCO World heritage site.
 UNESCO site. Tombs in the distance.

 Cheongseongdae Observatory, early Korean observatory for the stars
 Cosmos flowers, one of my favorites around the fall season in Korea
 Three story pagota. Pagota is also a language franchaise and publisher in Korea
RE: Michael Rosenfield Raising money for charity...Do you have any idea how to go about raising money for charity on short notice?

I think you website amazing!... BTW
-Mike..October 8, 2009

Brian Perich:

Hi Mike,

I'm glad Jenn Pedde introduced you. Well, short-notice fund-raising...??? I think you should consider setting up an account with - A microlending organization, then you set out to make a Facebook group and Website about your tour in Japan. I haven't even started the charity fund-raising yet, as I am training for the big ride and getting media attention well in advance. Kiva is simple, and you can raise money in Korea with a few poker tournaments or other activities, but on short-notice, it won't be easy. You want the message out there, and you should canvass all your friends and family to make a small donation. Later, when you finish the tour, you can take the funds in the Kiva account, and loan them to various entrepreneurs in developing countries, I think this is your best strategy on short notice! Keep me posted on your cycling and charity campaign, & I wish you an excellent bike journey!!

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Michael Rosenfield: June 4, 2011

Brian, I have friends in Ansan near Oido station - how do you normally bike from Ansan to Seoul-what routes? I haven't biked there yet but lived there for a couple months.
P.S. I listened to your radio interview it was pretty cool. I guess I am a couple years late. You did that 2 years ago-right?..

Brian Perich:

Hi Mike, yeah really the same interview...same plan. From Ansan, good cycling is actually found south of there. Ansan to the park that runs south from Haundaeup Station (Hanyang University in Ansan) towards Sungloksu Station, but continue south in the park, follow the rice fields, there are paved paths throughout and you pass a number of green houses, some main roads, eventually a large overpass you take with the bike and continue towards Suwon (signs for Osan) and you run parallel to the subway train route, finally Suwon, Pyeongtaek, and Cheonan (1/2 way to Daejeon), you can take the subway train back into Ansan, you just cycled 80km or 50 miles. If you spend a night in Cheonan (jim-jil-bang, Public Sauna/Co-ed Guesthouse), the next day you can actually ride to Boryeong-Daecheon beach -where the famous 'Mud Festival' is held every year. They have a wonderful campground in the off season too (now), that distance is approximately 110km. Continuing south, you can cycle all the way down to Buan-gun and Byeongsanbando National Park, or continue the longer haul to Mokpo in Jeollanamdo Province. As far as cycling to Seoul from Ansan, you would follow the subway line from Incheon (Ansan, Siheung, Incheon over to the Han River...or Ansan, Gunpo, Anyang, north through the satellite cities). Enjoy the rides, I lived in Ansan for many years (korean years, 4 in total). I'm preparing a MA dissertation and preparing for an expedition across western China's Takalamakan Desert and Tibet, the Himalayas. Hopefully, a new interview when I get back to Korea.
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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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