Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Day 1 - Korea Cycling Adventure - Ara Bicycle Path to Seoul

After months of planning, we finally kicked off the tour flying from KLIA 2 to Incheon International Airport. We reached Korea as per the schedule touching down early in the morning around 8plus.
Fenn's bag could fit in all our Dimpa bags & a Vicinta bag. We shall see this yellow bag in 13 days time.
The first place we visited was Hanjin Courier Service as we have enquired earlier that our bags for our bicycles could be couriered to Dong Yang Motel, Busan (our last accommodation for this tour). 
Next was to collect my pre-paid sim card which I have purchased online for 30,000KRW for a Basic Plan of 1G data and usable within 1 month. Please use the data wisely or else the data will be used up before you complete your tour. Wifi is easily available and shift it wifi mode whenever possible.
Our plan was to board a train from the airport and disembark at Cheongna International City Station which is the nearest to the start of Ara Bicycle Path to Seoul and that is 4 stops away from Incheon International Airport.
One for the album at Cheongna International City Station and we were eager to start our ride. The weather was superb, by the way our team comprised of Joseph a.k.a. Jotaro or Joe, Anne Cheong, Fenn Siah & my wife Jocelyn (Jo) and myself.
We found the starting line of the 4 Rivers Bike Path and it goes all the way to Busan for a distance of 633km. We will be using part of it to Busan where we will be staying there for 3 nights before we fly back to Kuala Lumpur. In between the 2 cities we have 16 days to spend.
The first stamping booth for our 4 Rivers Trail Cycling Tour Passport purchased at 4,000KRW.
Let's stamp the first one onto the passport.
I am truly impressed with the cycling culture in Korea, I saw so many amazing things as I rode along Ara Cycling Trail, the crowd, the facilities, the infrastructures and the enthusiasm.  
Mobile bike servicing like this is seen along the trail.
Hardly could I see any pot hole on the trial, the scenery is amazing and Ara Trail is basically flat and easy.
The Saturday crowd was amazing there are small wheels seen but not many.
Guess it's the beginning of summer time and camping is so popular among the Korean.
Seoul here we come as we emerged from the cycling trail heading towards Seoul Hotel 53.
The Route - 57km
A clip of Day 1

1 comment:

Ron said...

I just stumbled onto your blog earlier this evening. I am happy to read about another Malaysian exploring South Korea by bicycle. I was there during the school holidays, 3 weeks ago, with my family. It is a beautiful country to visit. Looking forward to reading more on your next upload. Ride safe and enjoy kaw kaw! :)