September this year was finally the time for the biggest goal of 2016.
Having spent 10 months waking up before the sun is up on each weekend to cycle, to train.
3 months to get use to a Korean diet, as I figured that my body has to get nutrients from a very different culture. Korean diet is primarily veg and carb based. While my usual diet is very protein and carb based.
Yes I set the goal a year earlier to do this. And planned for it.
The wife herself (one amazing woman, decided to come along and had some training), in actual fact is only 1/4 of mine.
So we flew to Seoul, luggage and all.
On Saturday we picked up our rented bikes. Do note that in Korea only the Mugunghwa allows full sized bikes onboard, and that only the 1820pm and later trains.
We were hit with this snag as we assumed that the KTX allows bikes. So on Sunday morning we rushed to Yongsan train station to purchase the Busan to Seoul Mugunghwa tickets. The counter staff was unaware, until we told him to check the system that the train allows bikes.
The Sunday afternoon was spent walking madly looking for the start point. We should have taken our bikes along. We walked like 3 hours to locate booth 1.
Above shows the start point of the Cross Country 4 Rivers cycle-path.
On Sunday, or was it Monday we loaded our bikes and went to the Paldang station to begin our adventure. We left the Seoul Ara Waterway for the last.
We made the mistake of pushing through after our set time of 5pm. Instead of looking for lodging, we continued to push. Big mistake. The last part of Saejae path is STEEP! In the rain, and in the dark, boy the vacation is getting very tough.
We literally motivated each other to push up the hill. And after reaching the top there was no lodging.
At 8pm, we were riding down the slope and saw this campsite. I was desperate and decided to give it a shot, even if they charged us 200,000WON a night, I would have accepted.
Lesson: never break the rule of time to find lodging. If you set it to 5pm, obey it. As the next lodging may be 1 hour away. And it may be raining heavily.
We actually rode and pushed up Wuxing Temple’s hill, could have avoided it by skirting to the left of it. We were told only AFTER the attempt… 😀
The journey was more of a learning about each other experience for me and my wife.
It was a tough vacation and she swore never to do this again… maybe 😀
I would strongly encourage avid cyclists to give it a shot. The adventure is worth the pain.