We left Hari early to tackle the mountain peaks, a total of 11 ks of gentle climbing to go over a 530 mt and a 300 mt peak.
Early to get over before the heat and possible rain
The peak was a buzz we stopped twice for a drink but we rode all the way making the descent well deserved. During this ride we had a lot of sharp short hills which were impossible for me about half the time. Never did so much walking.
Tabitha joined us for coffee in a very shiny roadside cafe. Lots of glass display cabinets with Korean products, it could have been a trade centre
Tabitha had a flat and got a lift to Chungju with a Korean rider who had suffered a crash. He was ok but didn’t want to ride anymore. She was also worried about the rain so took a bus to Seoul planning to return later in the week
Anyway we had no issues and only a little rain. We stayed in a lovely clean hotel and with help from an English speaking girl in 7-Eleven ordered pizza
The next day we again avoided the rain and had fun riding an uneventful 80 k to Yeogu
We ate Chinese. Still not my favourite and stayed in a hotel that looked like a fake thatch cottage
The last 100 to Seoul were steady and mostly through built up areas
The biggest surprise of the day was that the hills were gone replaced by tunnels, what a buzz!
The gods of cycling took their revenge by giving us a horrid head wind for 25 ks. What a grind. We were happy to get back to the GV Residence
Quick shower and into the bar be t door for tacos, beer and margaritas
What a great ride. So happy to share it with my wonderful husband and daughter
There is a mountain in my future. Tomorrow we go over the biggest hill yet. Climbing to 400 meters twice over 20 kms
We met another Aussie girl, Tabitga, today who rode with us and joined us in the hotel and for dinner.
Nice hotel with super bike lockers and a washing machine. Luxury!! And a lovely shop in the lobby
We only ride 30 today. A bit of a rest day as we have been going quite fast each day.
A wrong turn meant we had a nice spell in a pavilion in the middle of a lotus field.
Relaxed breakfast in the Sanju mall
And as usual plenty to see along the way. The scenery has changed and the river is now more natural and quite small.
Up early from our crazy room to catch the bus to Yangsan
Thoroughly enjoyed the hilly east coast ride but Tessa arrives today so we are doing a quick trip to Yangsan just north of Busan from where we will get on the four rivers trail to Seoul, just under 700 ks
Tess caught the train from Inchon to Busan and we all went back together on the subway. We did have to walk 2 k with her luggage including a bike box because taxis refused to take the bike box. On the way we stopped for fried chicken.
A great rest day with a stroll around the local neighbourhood and watching a few movies in our room in the Time Hotel
Starting on the trail tomorrow
A fairly easy day today. Virtually no hills except for nasty little climbs from the villages back to the road and vice versa
The route petered out once or twice leaving us to fight through sand or gravel or just threw us into the traffic but we arrived in Pohang which is a huge city but not too bad for riding as there are bike paths of the roads
We ventured into a local restaurant today where we had an amazing spring onion and octopus pancake with many little a complimentary dishes. It was cooked and served with such grace that it really made a difference to us beyond just giving sustenance
I booked us into the Star Motel close to the beach and bus station which has turned out to be what they call a love hotel. We have a huge suite with a circular bath for 2 and an opening roof above the bed. It is on the 10th floor
Picture of room types in the lift.
It is now Tuesday night and we are on the beach somewhere on the East coast of Korea. So far I haven’t mastered the names yet and the subtle differences between place names
We arrived Sunday afternoon in Seoul after an overnight flight from Brisbane via Hong Kong and then a train from Inchon airport
Early the next morning Ken put the bikes together and we set of to find the bus station to get to the east coast. Gangneung.
After 3 and 1/2 hours we arrived and set out again on the bikes to find the beach
The bus trip was fascinating, all available space is used yet the country is mountainous so there is a lot of undeveloped countryside too. The freeways through the country are impressive
We stayed in a basic hotel on Anmok Beach from where we rode today. Usual first day issues sorted out quickly except for the vexed issue of money. My card wouldn’t work. Each bank simply sent me on until finally a smart young guy told me that I needed a global ATM but there was only 1 in the city. Well we found it and disaster averted but it did take 3 hours
Now we are in a nice guest house on the beach. Basic but only $50. Would have been cheaper if we took a room without a bed
Fire crackers going off on the beach. Lots of chatter from the fish restaurants. We had Italian. Very nice
But we did get an extra room for the bikes for free
So lots of kindness on our first full day of riding
Tomorrow I will start taking photos
Getting ready to go cycling in Korea
Enjoying the EATONS Hill hotel tonight with Tracey to see Becky Cole