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Korean Bike tour complete!!!

Monday, October 08, 2012

It was flat. It was mountainous. It was isolated. It was beautiful.

In short - it was the experience of a lifetime (my third one)!

It almost didn't happen.

Thursday, Oct 4 - one day before the start of our tour, I found out that our original route through the bottom half of Korea was blocked. It was a major industrial accident (a hydrocloroform gas leak from an industrial plant 5 km from our bike path) that blocked our way south. So after some discussion, we decided we would get our bikes to the Andong Dam, then after riding 65 km to the west, we would turn north instead of south and ride back to Seoul.

So here I sit, 310 km later, relaxing at Starbucks, drinking my hot chocolate, and reflecting on my last 4 days. Some of my thoughts about the trip (in no random order):

- Going with several friends was good. Going with several close friends that spoke fluent Korean was priceless.

- We overpacked (just a little), but we had what we needed when emergencies came up.

- Carrying spare tubes and tires was absolutely essential.

- When you are the only 'pure white guy' on the trip, you need to try and be as flexible as you can with the menu (I tried, I really tried guys).

- We need to do a much, much better job of planning the route. Two of the four days we rode about 90 km just to find an acceptable hotel to say at.

- Hotels in Korea are pretty flexible about bikes.

- Very surprisingly, Korean drivers were very courteous when passing us.


- No matter how remote you think you are in Korea, you always have cell phone connection.

The ride was great. After I get my pictures transferred from my iPhone, I will post them - hopefully by tomorrow.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HANSBRINK 10/14/2012 7:14PM

  I was browsing the online Wall Street Journal and came across this article. Thought you might enjoy reading it.

Night Bike Among Shanghai's Secrets
Twisting alleys and deserted complexes reveal hidden sides of one of China's most hectic towns

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SIGLED 10/9/2012 11:21AM

    Enjoyed your comments. No matter how well you plan you' ll always find there is something you could improved on. Always as you know expect the unexpected. Flex when needed. Just as you do.

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BILL60 10/8/2012 3:44PM

    You've come a long way since your injury. Super!!

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DR1939 10/8/2012 12:49PM

    emoticon Can't wait for the pictures. My balance is too bad to ride a bike but I experience the thrill through you.

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HEALTHIERKEN 10/8/2012 11:54AM

    This is a major accomplishment, given your injury status just a few months ago!

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LINDAKAY228 10/8/2012 11:17AM

    Sounds like it was an amazing trip even with some unexpected gliches. Can't wait to see the pics!

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HKARLSSON 10/8/2012 9:45AM

    Wowwwww... can't wait for pictures! :)

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TOOTHFUL99 10/8/2012 9:24AM

    Glad you had a good time. I've been wondering how your trip was going.

I think it's funny that you had cell coverage everywhere in Korea. I can go 50 miles east of my house and have none! (It's in 'Deliverace' country, too!!)

So, are you planning your next trip already?

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/8/2012 7:22AM

    Nice summary. Can't wait for the pictures. As for me - rest and ibuprofen has done the trick ... my concerns from the mail are no longer there.

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