Monday, February 6, 2012


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Dear An Dae Gi  (Gangneung Bike Mart, Official 2011 Sponsor), my cyclist Friends, Family, Supporters...starting with correspondence with a friend & thanks to you all for supporting the Himalayas X 2011 Expedition, check back with links to the partnering, non-profit foundations which are making a difference in different corners of the world. ETE - Education Through Expeditions, UK and IDEAS - Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society of Canada. Two awesome non-profits to see their work in action, visit these links!

My friend and former colleage Lee Engdahl - Thanks for the advice & introducing great coffee to me (not knowing it existed previously) and for providing a single Blueline notebook that became an integral communication tool throughout my journey recording thoughts, names of people in places across the wide geographical spaces I traveled by boat (700km), train (3240km), plane (3500km), bicycle (3200km), walking and hitch-hiking (600km). It was a very long 60-day journey.

I wrote a letter directly to GoPro regarding replacement of the camera and memory, noting that I would take alternative measures, ordering through Amazon and having the shipment expedited and forwarded to Qingdao, China (costly and time consuming process) unless they chose to send a replacement immediately in lieu of sponsorship and a great showcase for their product on this Himalayas Expedition 2011 across the Taklamakan Desert, northwestern Himalayas, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces entirely on a mountain bike. The HimalayasX (See Logo I prepared yesterday, will be printed on a 150cmX70cm banner and 1000 book size stickers). In the end, my Korean sponsor AN DAE GI provided a GoPro Hero camera for the journey and built an incredible recycled MTB expediton Blackcat mountain bike that has performed well beyond my expeditions.

Heavy 60kg bicycle and equipment load, hope the legs make it, the mind following the body and the lungs withstand the atmosphere pushing the metal at 15,000ft. It's going to be rough in sections, or most of it, but enjoyable to be free of Korea's grip for those 8 weeks as well. Thanks for everything, the morale support is appreciated to find in Korea. Having announced the expedition to cyclists in Korea (via Facebook) I hope to hear from more folks supportive, I enjoy the more adventurous and less competitive aspect of the sport in Korea. 

With definite thanks extending to a list of amazing individuals I've been fortunate to met through life's activities, all contributing and sharing a great deal to my experiences so far, a huge 'thank you' to you all...

And most importantly to several amazing individuals and non-profit foundations I support:

Rob Hill , Ostomate & Canadian and World 7-Summits Expedition Explorer at IDEAS  (Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society), Canada

Thank You: Gareth Zane Barker, Eddie Glayzer, Todd Mullins, Murray du Plessis, Brian Sullivan (writing and recording some inspiring music), Mechel Kai Christy (thanks already for contributing in 2010 and continued friendship too!), Julian Warmington (for promoting Cycling and Tri’s in Korea), Duncan Davidson (now in NZ) for starting Cycling in Korea 한국에서 자전거 타기  (facebook group, now with over 650 members! & many others that I have not mentioned that I have already spoken


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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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