I slept about one hour. Snoozed another two. Packed at the last minute. Got a giant paper cut in the process. And successfully shoved my bike under a bus from Ochang to Nambu Bus Terminal in Seoul. I'd say it was a great start to our trip.
We crossed Banpo Bridge in Seoul just after 10AM. Our goal for today was to go around 75 kilometers, or about half of the way to Chungju Dam—the official end of the Han River Trail.
Makgeolli (rice wine) stands dot the trail, enticing bikers to stop for a drink or two. There’s nothing wrong with riding a little tipsy as long as you’re wearing a helmet, right?
|An old railroad tunnel turned into a bike path in Korea.|
|An old railroad bridge turned into a bridge for biking.|
Soon after we got back on the trail, I realized a triangle kimbap had fallen out of my bag. I hesitated to go back for it, but decided I should. When I bent down to pick it up, other items spilled out of my backpack—my digital SLR and a pair of underwear. Of course several people observed the scene.
DAY 2: Dam It!
DAY 3: This is Korea
DAY 4: A Bit Dramatic
DAY 5: Get Lost
DAY 6: Sudden Mountains
DAY 7-8: Binging
JOIN CHASE: Biking Around Korea: Seoul to Busan
|Abandoned boats resting on the Han River along the bike path from Seoul to Busan, Korea. August, 2012.|
|Ride paddies along the bike trail from Seoul to Busan, South Korea. August, 2012.|