Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WT Expeditions: Cycling Into The Dark, From Vancouver to Tuktoyaktuk

 Cycling Into The Dark - Canadian Adventurer sets off for the Arctic
[Photo: Brek of Cycling Into The Dark]
Talk about inspirational winter expeditions on bicycles.  

Cycling Into The Dark is definitely registering as an amazing winter adventure already started up in the northern hemisphere of Canada. I've learned from my own experience, a tremendous amount of thought, creation, personal planning and preparation goes into a self-sponsored expeditions.  From reading his personal blog, this Canadian adventurer is ready to take on anything in this winter cycling expedition. 

I have respect and admiration for the personal challenges this man will undertake to support a worthy charity, Bikes For Africa and have an adventure of a lifetime that some of us will continue to dream about as this expedition continues to unfold (myself included, I've been contemplating this route for a few years and here it is now: an active expedition). 

For equipment lists, Brek is riding a Surly Big Dummy with 26" rims/36 hole spoked for extra strength wrapped with either Schwalbe Marathon or Schwalbe Marathon studded winter ice tires for grip. Sleeping will be a major issue like any Arctic Expedition, so he's chosen a 4-season, -30 sleeping bag, doubled up with an overbag for an extra -10 degrees of temperature tolerance. 

Brek's bicycle and equipment, food, spare tires, supplies all weigh in at 420 pounds (190.5 kg) so this is serious work on the bike. His Trelock lighting and Dyno-power system is an incredible idea that is lighting up this difficult mission further north. An adventure cyclist definitely ready to "Explore the possibilities of self-propelled travel."

In brief, from Brek's website: 
"A 8,400km self-propelled and self-supported round- trip journey from the bright lights of Vancouver to the Northern Lights of Tuktoyatuk"

What a remarkable journey so remember to follow him in his personal blog, join his Facebook group, and leave comments of encouragement, I'm sure it will help. Good luck Brek, I will enjoy reading about your incredible mission.

Lighting Demonstration from Trelock

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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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