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We Made the Korea Times

Thanks to a facebook post by Kath we found out that the Korea Times wrote an article about our trip. A quick mention and thank you to Dairin Frawley who initially contacted them on our behalf. We really appreciate it Dairin.

Here is the complete article which can also be found at
http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/special/2009/07/139_48844.html

Cycling Quartet Hits 100-Day Mark on 14,000-km Ride Across Eurasia

By Bryan Kay
Staff Reporter

A quartet of former expat cyclists making their way from Korea to Ireland using only their bikes and boats hit the 100-day mark on their journey this week ― in Kyrgyzstan.

The effort, in aid of the developing world micro-lending charity Kiva, started in April as the group, made up of three men and a woman, set out from the Korean Peninsula by ferry to Dalian in China.

News of their progress comes one week after The Korea Times reported on another charity cycling expedition planned by Canadian teacher Brian Perich of Ansan in 2012.

The group currently making their way through the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan includes Canadian David Glashan, New Zealander Jared Mitchell, Tom McCloy of Ireland and American Katie Tibbetts.

Their journey is likely to amass 14,000 kilometers and navigate the majority of the breadth of the Eurasian continent, commandeering a myriad of difficult terrain, weather patterns and border crossings.

They have cycled through China and Kazakhstan, and been hit with visa and border crossing issues that have led to significant detours.

The slew of delays was something they envisaged would be a hazard of the journey from the outset, they said.

In their latest posting on the official journey Web site and log Braking Boundaries on July 20, the team outlined the most recent calamity: “Arriving into a new city after a long day on the bike is not a good way to see us at our most alert,” they wrote.

“In our haste to get settled into an actual guest house with a roof and working shower, rather than kipping in a tent in a thunderstorm, we often neglect to stop for our regularly scheduled intake of food and water. Jared demonstrated the folly of this on the way into Bishkek (in Kyrgyzstan).”

They continued, “(He spotted a sign in Crylic) several times and, quite logically, took it to be a street name. He was bamboozled to see it again and again as we criss-crossed the city, and wondered how we could still be on the same street after taking several turns.

“After about 20 minutes and some head-scratching, he thought to actually read the sign and spelled out the letters (Having spent over a week immersed in the `Stans, we’d picked up the Cyrillic alphabet fairly well, and can read the characters without much problem).”

But the sign that Mitchell had been following with some certainty read “Stop,” the group explained.

“In his hungry, dehydrated state he’d been mistakenly navigating by stop signs. This explained a lot,” it added.

Their schedule should see them head for the Caspian Sea, board a boat across the body of water to Azerbaijan, before biking up through Europe headed for London, and, eventually, Ireland.

For more information on the group’s exploits ― originally slated as being a six-month journey ― or to donate to the cause, visit www.brakingboundaries.org.

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