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Han River Bike Paths and More..

Ever wondered where all those small river bike paths that join the Han start from or end up? Now you don’t have too. You might have seen the Korean symbols ??? along the Han river path. This is the word for bike in Korean, pronounced Ja-Jeon-Geo. The same symbols can also be found on the […]

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Peace Dam Loop (100km)

The hills and mountains in the Chuncheon area provide great mountain rides. If you are looking for a challenging route, but not so much that you won’t make it home in time for dinner, I would suggest this 100km route and if it’s not challenging enough you can add an extra 20 km around the […]

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Namhan-Yangpyeong Big Loop (100km)

Over the last couple of weeks I have been out bright and early with Michael Kim and Katie Tibbetts to beat the Korean summer heat/humidity. Michael, affectionately known to us as “Rabbit” lives up to his nickname as we play a grueling game of chase over Namhansanseong (남한산성 363m) and into the rolling hills near […]

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Why Not Warm Shower it up in Korea?

There are plenty of ways in Korea to make a cycle tour a little cheaper and more interesting at the same time. Sure you can wild camp (my personal favorite) but not everyone is comfortable with the idea of pitching up behind a small shed in the middle of nowhere and sometimes it’s just nice […]

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It Takes a Typhoon to get off the Bike

The title says it all really, although the typhoon turned out to be, as one person put it “a weak ass tropical storm.” For the last year or so I have been pondering what to do with the Braking Boundaries Site which was my home away from home while on the road in 2009. Should […]

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Wind, Rain and Cold Feet

Time is quickly running out for rides this year as the winter weather is just about to grip us here in Korea, so it was off for a fun fall adventure in the mountains of Sarak. And by fun I mean miserable. With Mcdonalds breakfast in hand we set off in the early hours of […]

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Doraksan Campsite

Just down the road from the Woraksan Gukrip Gongwon Campsite is the start of the the hiking trails for Doraksan. The round trip hike to the peak took a little over 4 hours and had some great views. There is a small place at the start of the hike next to the car park where […]

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Woraksan Gukrip Gongwon Campsite

The Woraksan Gukrip Gongwon Campsite is located further up the in the same valley as the Soseonam and Soseonam #2 campsites. Compared to the other two campsites in the area it is very small and is hidden just off the valley road next to the river. There are toilets across the road an a small […]

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Soseonam Campsite #2

Soseonam Campsite #2 differs slightly from the first Soseonam Campsite (??????). Located about 500 meters up the road it has more a of a camping feel to it with slightly over grown grassy areas, no assigned camping spots and little to no lighting at night. There is however a small convenience store (??) at the […]

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Soseonam Campsite

The Soseonam Campsite (??????) is located in a very nice valley beside a clean river about a 15 minute drive (45 min bike ride) from the city of Danyang. It is your typical Korean, drive up and pitch your tent on a small piece of ground. Each camping spot is numbered and my guess is […]

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Camping in Korea

First things first. The word/symbols for campsite in Korea is 야영장. (ya-yeong-jang) Unfortunately camping in Korea is not one of the easiest things to do. Most campsites are limited to the National Parks with limited English information available, and forget finding a small place to pitch a tent for the night. I tried this when […]

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We’re not alone

I just came across an interesting website of another fellow Korean cycle tourist who has also extensively cycled the Korean peninsula. His website can be found here and provides useful tips for cycle touring in Korea. http://user.chollian.net/~boonstra/korea/cycle.htm

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Day 6 – Busan to Bundang

Trip Statistics Distance : 25km Ride time : 1hrs 21min Daily Budget Food : 24,000 ? Travel : 29,000 ? Route : Busan city using GPS & the Tancheon in Bundang Traffic & cities are overrated. Last night my good friend Jasmine took me out for dinner in Busan to an upscale seafood buffet and […]

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Day 5 – Chilpo Beach to Busan

Trip Statistics Distance : 146km Ride time : 6hrs 55min Daily Budget Food : 22,000 ? Lodging : 50,000 ? Route : HWY 7 Gyeongju tonight? Ah why not go all the way to Busan. I awoke early morning on Chilpo (??) beach to a peaceful and absolutely beautiful morning. It’s been just over 4 […]

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Day 4 – Uljin to Chilpo Beach

Trip Statistics Distance : 121km Ride time : 5hrs 56min Daily Budget Food : 14,000 ? Lodging : Free – Camping Route : HWY 7 a.k.a AH6 with a slight detour on the 20 It’s OK to be lazy….. sometimes. After the day I had yesterday I was in no rush whatsoever to leave the […]

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Day 3 – Namcheon to Uljin

Trip Statistics Distance : 131km Ride time : 8hrs 19min Daily Budget Food : 24,000 ? Lodging : 40,000 ? Route : 595 -> 88 -> 36 Hills and Corners that never end. What started as a pleasant early morning ride through Namcheon valley (????) with one goal in mind (to make it to the […]

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Day 2 – Suanbo to Namcheon

Trip Statistics Distance : 97km Ride time : 6hrs 12min Daily Budget Food : 24,000 ? Lodging : FREE (camped) Route : 517 -> 36 -> 5 -> 59 -> 522/595 It’s always harder to get up on the second day of a ride, especially knowing that I would be riding all day again by […]

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Day 1 – Bundang to Suanbo

Trip Statistics Distance : 133km Ride time : 6hrs 12min Daily Expenses Food : 31,000 ? Lodging : 50,000 ? Route : Bundang -> 45 -> 42 -> 17 -> 38 (east) -> 3 Finally the day had come, a chance to ride a fully loaded bike and tour around Korea. Gone are the days […]

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South Korea Cycle Tour (pre game)

It’s early Saturday morning, the weather is overcast and I am about to start my first solo bike tour around South Korea (what am I thinking). I thought I’d post some before trip stats before I leave. Gear Weight Front Panniers : 2.9kg & 3.4kg Rear Panniers : 2.8kg & 3.2kg Rear Top Bag : […]

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Korean Summer Cycle Tour

It’s the end of August and I am lucky enough to have a week off work, so I thought that this would a good time to go on and extended ride around South Korea and test out all the new gear that has been arriving over the past few weeks. This will be my first […]

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