Finally I covered a week of my trip (or am I getting my days wrong?), today was spent riding really but my morning was filled with something really exciting; the Ilchungbong Tuft! It’s a UNESCO site and you get a 15 minute climb up this inactive volcano to see the sunrise.
Today was a short one, most of it spent biking but Ididuse the post office. Cheap all things considered. I sent back clothes that I didn’t need, I overpacked and riding today 20lbs lighter made a big difference.
Made my way to the first UNESCO site of the island: the Manjanggul lava tubes. It was only 40KM at my halfway point to Seogsan (my next destinations) so it should have only taken me two hours or so. But nope.
Got on the boat to Jeju finally, the island is a “self-governing” province so there’s a security clearance where you need to declare the time you’ll spend there, show your passport, etc. It’s really all just a ruse to take $60 from you I find ($30 to get on the island and $30 to get off, c’mon guys, really?). They spent a while looking at my passport though since I was a foreigner, also in my picture I have some weirdo non-afro-but-kinda hair and my face looked like it was wearing a fat suit so I guess I didn’t really look like the picture I took almost 5 years ago.
The boat ride was fantastic, it wasn’t a ferry more of a small cruise boat, there was sleeping areas, cattle cars for the dregs and even draft beer. I noticed just how cheap Korean soju was, damn bottles are about $3 for 500ml, I’ve never seen seniors move so quickly. They put down their stuff in the cattle cars and made a bee line for the on-board 7-11 to get their bottles of booze. Beer was about $3-$4 a tallboy but the soju was cheap, the seniors got in their little circles and played some weird card game betting pennies.
Today was interesting. I tried a different approach to my tour; I took a bus, because if I saw one more hill I was going to freak out. Jeonju also has a lot of touristy things to do and see so to me it made sense to save myself the stress of seeing one hill after another and just enjoy my trip. It is a trip after all, I’d like to enjoy it if I could.
I’m also trying something new with the blog, to avoid the pain of putting in and editing the panorama sizes to make it readable I’m just gonna hypertext ‘em. It’ll open a new window, that seems like good internet etiquette.
I finally found the Budweiser of Korea beers. Cafri. It tasted terrible and was possibly the worst beer I’ve ever drank anywhere. It had no taste, seemed watered down and it was five dollars for a can. I’d have been better off just getting a soft drink ‘cause this was just terrible, I kept drinking it just to have something with my lunch but yeesh.
I give this two dumb beer commercials out of five. Awful stuff.
Day 003 started out pretty uneventfully, the creepy motel manager from day 002 turned out to be a really nice guy and filled up all my bottles with drinking water.
I started my ride through a lot of the landscape, after the first day I was kind of sick of seeing rice paddies, today was even worse because I was behind about 20KM and there were a few dozen mountains to cross before I got to my destination towns.
Local Time: 7:50AM, May 22, 2013
Toronto Time: 6:50PM, May 21, 2013
Distance travelled on day 002: 70KM~
May 21, 2013
It’s been a few days since my last update, sorry guys, haven’t been around a computer for a while.
Day 002’s morning was great, did a checklist on my bike after running a few errands with my uncle and headed off at 1PM. The problem with leaving today was bicycles aren’t allowed on the subway system on weekdays. I took my chances anyway and went into Itaewon station. The guy told me I couldn’t, that didn’t surprise me, he told me to try my luck at Samgakji station down the street past the American military base.
Local Time: Monday, May 20th, 8:16AM Toronto Time: Sunday, May 19th, 7:16PM
Alright, so the Tumblr automatically booted me out so as I created my post it deleted everything. Awesome. Why did I want to save fifty cents and come here to this run-down internet cafe, why didn’t I go to the good one.
So thanks for reading my blog! I’ll be updating daily or so unless I don’t have enough content (some days I’ll be riding and won’t have anything post-worthy). My GoPro videos will be done after the trip since it’s a beast uploading them to the cloud already so I’m just gonna leave local backups on the Mac.
Day 000 was pretty uneventful so I omitted it, I spent the day building my bike and eating and sleeping off the jet lag. For the first day I stayed with my uncle, later today I will be starting the ride and getting to Asan.