Monday, February 15, 2016

HimalayasXTour // Mountain biking through // Sichuan Province // A2A Explore // MongoliaX // Totherocktour // Microadventure

Last summer, I completed a challenging 2500 km overland expedition across Outer Mongolia between Russia and China. The expedition lasted 45 days, 38 days actively mountain biking across the Steppe grasslands and mountainous deserts and forests of the northern rim. Accumulating approximately 40,000 meters (131, 000 feet) vertical altitude change, I wore through 10 replacement rubber truck tube soles I glued on a single pair of SPD-Shimano compatible Pearl Izumi mountain biking shoes. I went for adventure, cultural experience, endurance and to experience the world learning through experiencing life on a mountain bike.
For a comparison of altitude changes across Mongolia's rugged mountains:
"This article is reprinted from the Mountain Zone web site (
Scientists supported by the National Geographic and Boston's Museum of Science were able to operate Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite equipment on the very top of Mount Everest last May and have determined the precise height of the world's tallest mountai. The revised elevation - 29,035 feet (8850 meters), two meters or seven feet higher than the previously accepted figure - was announced Nov. 11, 1999"
My expedition was supported by LYNSKEY PERFORMANCE, USA using their hand-made titanium frame, the M240S. I would like to thank them all for supporting and encouraging expeditions globally.
Over the last several years, I have been working with two amazing foundations working in community, the first is IDEAS which touches very close to my heart. The second foundation is linking schools and formal education with exploring - this is innovative and something I strongly believe in. IDEAS is led by global explorer/mountaineer Robert Hill of Canada, who successfully completed his No Guts, Know Glory 7 Summits Campaign (including Mount Everest in 2010) with an ostomy as a measure to improve his life living with IBD.

IBD is the collective name for Crohns Disease or CD and Ulcerative Colitis ,UC which are chronic, long-term conditions requiring serious medical treatment or surgeries to help those millions of patients around the planet inflicted with this debilitating disease. Inspiration is the key to survival on Earth, no matter what circumstances we live through, there is always a cure to struggles with dedication, determination, positivity and personal growth that comes with overcoming the biggest and almost impossible odds against us.

Since there is a long road to find a cure, I am in to ride for others who can share my triumphs, and I hope to spread the word about INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE IBD because it's a voice to a community that needs hope and support, I admire Rob Hill for continuing his community work with the IDEAS Foundation of Canada.

I also explore in partnership with Education Through Expeditions, founded by Arctic and Polar Explorer friend, Antony Jinman of Plymouth, UK. Antony has overcome enormous obstables in his life to bring forth adventure into the classrooms, while undertaking expeditions in Arctic regions of Canada. He is an inspiration and a true leader in his community. I am proud to represent his valuable foundation through Adventure mountain biking the globe as an Explorer Ambassador with ETE in 2011.

I am now affiliated with the Ted Simon Foundation, as a Jupiter Traveller as of late 2012. I look forward to supporting the foundation and sharing expeditions with the world, as I ride mountain bikes.
“Love is a bicycle with two pancakes for wheels. You may see love as more of an exercise in hard work, but I see it as more of a breakfast on the go.” 
― Jarod Kintz

Need Motivation when life goes wrong?

Do you need strength to carry on?

Do you think you have it in you?

Do you have the strength?

Do you have tenacity?

Do you believe?

Do you dream?

Then work it.

Dream big.

Make it.

Be Successful.

You need to get back up and fight for that DREAM, make it your reality, Not someone else's. And when they tell you that you're no good, You can probably do better than all of them.

Planning expeditions, doing them, paying for them, preparing for them - isn't easy.

 and the dream can slip away, 
friends can turn on you, family can ignore you, 
companies will ignore you, 
you will feel exhausted,
you will feel beat,
you will lose hope,

but if you will persist, 
you will eventually succeed, 

if they don't care, it won't matter,
it's what is in you that matters,
you will become successful
because it's in you,

 and forget about what happened in the past, it won't change itself. It's about today and what you can do about it.
So, remember to...put your effort into
making the rest of your life, the best of your life.

What is the route planned for the 2014 summer?
MongoliaX2014 - Mountain bike trek across Outer Mongolia.


What is the route planned for the 2013 summer?
ToTheRockTour2013 - This tour is all about connecting with friends, family, community and nature from the Great Lake State of Michigan, USA to the Canadian Rocky Mountains of Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. I completed the tour in 2013, with help from friends, family and community across North America. In 30 days, 3400km of rolling landscape, open spaces, fresh air, nitrogen releasing thunderstorms, clouds and sun, wind and sunsets, good conversations along the road through Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, USA into Saskatchewan and the final stretch through Alberta and Ontario. I met people from all walks of life, family friends, relatives, music festival goers, oil workers, retired couples, farmers, mosquito control summer workers, highway lawn cutters, truck drivers, entrepreneurs, teachers, store clerks, border control workers, and movie personalities (Kiefer Sutherland), Swiss vinyard heir, Italian waiter, Canadian Mountain bike announcer and social personality Crazy Larry Melnik, Japanese round the world traveler, airline reservation agent, First Nations families and American Native Indian who gave me a eagle feather that protected my journey, Totherocktour.
Meeting Kiefer Sutherland in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada in 2013
Crazy Larry Melnik and the Tour Divide riders in 2013
Crossing into Canada on Totherocktour in 2013.
Trekking into the Aksai Chin in 2011.

What is this - a bike tour, an expedition, a trip back home (Canada)?
This is all the above. A trip back home to Canada (first in 6.5 years while living in East Asia). It's an unsupported tour with the bicycle once I launch from Michigan and ride towards the Mackinac Bridge. Family is first and adventure is second for me. I spend the winter recovering from the experiences in Mongolia (X journals), so right now I am just making connections to my friends and family - this is vitally important.  Pre-tour with family, and on tour there is so much opportunity to live in the outdoor experiences. There will good times and bad times, moments with serendipity and some days with injuries and despair. But there are so many simple joys, happy thoughts, free spirited songs to be sung as I move along. You can Prepare, but don't over prepare. Take each day at a time. Go explore by doing your own thing, enjoy it and share experiences with others. Life is short but beautiful when you begin to notice more, fear less, open yourself and your ideas about the world around you. There is so much to see and so much to do. Go for it.

- See you out on the road. (:
North American crossing in 30 days, 3400km / 2000 miles.
Crossing Mongolia in 45 days, 2500km / 1553 miles.
Why go bicycle touring?
It's a great way to travel and see many parts of the world out of the tourist routes. You can travel over and through international borders, you can meet new cultures in their home environments, you learn languages, you eat delicious and exotic foods, you get exercise, you become more global minded through the process.
How did I get started in mountain bike travel/touring?
I started off with mountain biking in 1988 in and around Windsor, Ontario, Canada and surrounding Essex County of southern Ontario. I explored with my friends Ciro Viviano and Greg Schiller and later as a member of Caboto Velo Club and Maple Leaf Cycling Clubs of Windsor. I started riding BMX, Motocross-styled bikes with suspension, then steel frame Mountain Bikes with rigid forks that worked exceptionally well along the North Shore of Vancouver, British Columbia and through the XC forest trails of southwestern Ontario and Michigan. I progressed with Road racing and 700c wheeled road race bicycles.

“To ride a bicycle is in itself some protection against superstitious fears, since the bicycle is the product of pure reason applied to motion. Geometry at the service of man! Give me two spheres and a straight line and I will show you how far I can take them. Voltaire himself might have invented the bicycle, since it contributes so much to man’s welfare and nothing at all to his bane. Beneficial to the health, it emits no harmful fumes and permits only the most decorous speeds. How can a bicycle ever be an implement of harm?” 
― Angela Carter
Mongolian highway restaurant
Lynskey Performance titanium 26er frameset. Made in the USA.
Today, I have taken similar machines, both the cheap (aluminum $50 frame in HimalayasX) and the exotic (Lynskey titanium $1795 frame used in Mongolia X) assembled by my friend and professional (AN DAE GI) proprietor of Gangneung Bike Mart, Gangwon Province, South Korea.  Today, I have exceeded most of the mental barriers to 26er mountain bike endurance expeditions, but I also see the sport evolving with Fat Bikes, 29ers, 29er+, and Bikepacking which substantially lightens loads.

Where did I recently travel?
Across the Korean peninsula 2007-2010, Deserts and Himalayas of western China in 2011, and across the isolated Steppe of Outer Mongolia in 2012, but I am hitting hard pavement and visiting friends and family across North America this summer (: 

Who did I support?
the IDEAS (Intestinal Disease Education & Awareness Society) 
led by Mountaineer Explorer Robert Hill.
I supported ETE (Education Through Expeditions)
led by Polar Explorer Antony Jinman
I am also a fellow of the Ted Simon Foundation as a Jupiter Traveller
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.” 
― Ernest Hemingway
45 days trekking solo unsupported across the Mongolian Steppe in 2012.
TOTAL ALTITUDE: 40,000 meters / 130,234 feet of altitude change on course
TOTAL DISTANCE: 2500 kilometers / 1553 miles
DAYS ON: 38 days pedaling
DAYS OFF: 7 rest and injury days
FOOD CONSUMED: 2000 grams of powdered protein, 45 mega-packs of vitamins/minerals,
12 jars of pickles, 20 liters of grazing Goat, Yak or Horse milk, Wild onions, Fresh water fish, Mutton, Sheeps tongue, 6 bowls of noodles/meat/fat, 5 kilograms of yak/goat cheese, 12 fish.
BODY WEIGHT: Start 95 kilograms. 10 weeks cross-fit 85 kilograms. Completion 72 kilograms.
DAMAGE: cracked and repaired front rack plate, bent/cracked rear carrier rack, 1 replaced, 1 repaired. 
DAYS ON: 38 days pedaling
DAYS OFF: 7 rest and injury days
ALTITUDE: N/A meters / feet of altitude change on course
DISTANCE: 3200 kilometers / 1988 miles
FOOD CONSUMED: 20 loaves of Nan bread, 2 kilograms of oatmeal with raisins, apricots and dates, 45 mega-packs of vitamins/minerals, 1.5 kilogram of Gatorade (making 50 liters)
6 jars of pickles, 10 liters of grazing Goat milk, 8 bowls of noodles/meat/fat, 2 kilograms of rice.
WEIGHT: Start 96 kilograms. 10 weeks cross-fit 85 kilograms. Completion 70 kilograms. 
EQUIPMENT DAMAGED: Rear wheel split 360 degrees, repaired with block of wood, hammer and electrical PVC tape roll, 1 bicycle tube patch.
Sichuan welcomes, mother and daughter, giggles and lunch with their family 
 This is my life, now or never!!!!
这是我的生命,机不可失,时不再来!!! — with ONE - Arctic2Argentina - Eco-Expedition of the Americas & Asia Expeditions.
 Older brother home from college to help his mother and siblings with the summer planting
 Beef bone soup and rice...and a bike wash
牛骨汤和米饭... ...自行车洗
I kept the upper fork stanchions clean (an old cotton tube sock) and the rest of the bike was covered in mud 
There's a local woman there, hauling her greens! 
 Friendly families, this young guy is a student on summer vacation returning to help his mother and younger brother and cousin
 Control center but no petrol engine is required to explore here
 lush vegetation that grows exceptionally well in Sichuan along the fertile mountain valleys
 Road conditions, very muddy!
And just a little further down the S214 we find the water buffalo in a herd

 The boys of Sichuan mountains. — at Jiuzhai Valley National Park (九寨沟)
 The future generations in Sichuan Province, in the mountains together again
 Nurture to nature. I unloaded from the hitching episode and rested on the mountain for a while to recover from the shake up. — with ONE - Arctic2Argentina - Eco-Expedition of the Americas & Asia Expeditions and Antun Čolig in Mianning County.

You just never stop moving in the Himalayas
Riding a water buffalo, first I have ever seen in person!

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles M. Schulz

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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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