Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cycling in Korea :: Benefits of Bicycle Travel :: Cycling Lifestyles :: Explore!

View Larger Map Map for West Coast tour of South Korea (4-5 days)
Ansan-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea (Hwy 1 Route)
Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Daecheon-dong, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Muan-gun, Jeollanam-do, South Korea
and Mokpo-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea.
 I recommend the Itaewon Wellness Center, Tel. 02-794-3536, Hannam Building, 3rd Floor, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Itaewon Subway Exit #2, walk up the street to the Hannam Building - also International Health Clinic)
 My local sponsor in South Korea, AN DAE GI at Gangneung Bike Mart, Gangwon-do, Korea helped me refinish the 2008 Blackcat MTB I have been riding for the last 15000km+. Thank you sponsor & friend! (:
 I've been recently training for another 360km Korea Randonneur Brevet (March 31-April 1, 24 hour Endurance event, more information about the entire 2012 Korea Randonneur Brevet Series is available here.) We have a team of 3 so far (Wonju-Gwangju Team) and will welcome 2 more riders (open seats!) email!
 My friend Chris has been really helpful this winter. Everyone needs some motivation from their friends, this is definitely one of them that supports my riding and training in South Korea. Thank you brother!  (:
 Cycling in Korea: It's an adventure. Try it today!
 Pipe Dreams or Realities. Both. Training for a 32,000km expedition of the Americas.
 Matthew and I found a Coffee Cupper with fantastic murals, great Cafe Latte, & wood stove burning coffee hulls (shells). Occasionally, a great coffee or espresso shot in the water bottle helps the ride.
 Up in the Himalayas this past summer on the HimalayasX2011 expedition of western China (:
 We bought two sleds this winter, here's an area of Gangwon-do near Gangneung on Hwy 415
 Lijiang certainly is one of "THE" places to visit while touring in western China
 Yes, I have proof now that I have cycled there. 
 Dreams are great, but building expeditions that take flight is much, much better.
 I think I have a mantra for every day of the week (sometimes we need them in this world). Explore!
That's a wrap. Cycling is cool. If you want to join us in Korea, look for "Korea Easy Riders Cycling Club" on Facebook. The only rule is: No Attitudes here, Just Rides and Relax. (: Peace from Gangneung!

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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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