It’s been many months since I did my first long distance cycle. It wasn’t that long, only 1000 miles, but it was undertaken on a bicycle that cost only £30. I miss those days of cycling all day and sleeping outside at night. After moving temporarily to South Korea, my only recent bike ride has been on a day when I rented a bicycle in Gyeongju during my Daegu return visit. Gyeongju is my favourite town in Korea and riding around on a bicycle is a great way to see it.
Due to visa restrictions, I must leave Korea in a few days. I have been debating between leaving for China, Japan, Philippines, or somewhere else around Asia. I decided against China as it would involve obtaining a visa and finally decided against Philippines or elsewhere because it would involve flying and I don’t really like flying, even though I know how safe it is.
Yesterday, I got my hands on a brand new (second-hand) touring bike. It was significantly more expensive than my last bicycle (it cost a whopping £67 as opposed to £30), but it rides like a dream compared to what I am used to. It even has a nice seat! On this bicycle, I will cycle to the ferry in Jeju, then from Mokpo to Busan. This is a journey of little over 200 miles and I will then do a little bit of cycling in Japan. I’m excited to be back on the road, back on a bicycle, sleeping under the stars.
No doubt the bicycle will go wrong at some point: even when I rented a bicycle for the day in Gyeongju, it went wrong and had to be carried back to the bike shop. However, I’ll have to learn to fix it, then carry on. Bring on Japan!