Monthly Archives: July 2006

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:91.07km Time on bike / 走行時間:5h 16m Average speed / 平均速度:17.2km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:518.5km Money used / 予算使用:40,000KRW (NZ$67, US$41) I’ve worked it out. The answer to it all lies in one thing. Icecream. And other sweet things like Gatorade and more icecreams. You […]

Day Ten – Cheongju City to Yongin City

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:93.45km Time on bike / 走行時間:5h 55m Average speed / 平均速度:15.7km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:427.4km Money used / 予算使用:44,000KRW (5,300JPY) English summary:Two things I learned about Korea today – Korea is hot. And Korea is hilly. Crossed three passes today and wrang my shirt out […]

Day Nine – Songju City to Cheongju City (English Summary)

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:11.10km Time on bike / 走行時間:40m Average speed / 平均速度:16.6km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:334.0km Money used / 予算使用:8,000KRW (NZ$13, US$8.40) I liked this town so much that I decided to take a day off here. The main event was the local Bicycle Museum. It is […]

Day Eight – Day off in Seongju City

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:98.70km Time on bike / 走行時間:5h 55m Average speed / 平均速度:16.6km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:322.9km Money used / 予算使用:67,000KRW English summary: Left the motel at 6:30am to beat the heat of the day, and it payed off with me being able to do almost 100km […]

Day Seven – Taegu City to Seongju City (English Summary)

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:About 70km Time on bike / 走行時間: Average speed / 平均速度: Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離: Money used / 予算使用:39,000KRW (NZ$65, US$41)  I forgot to bring my bike computer to the net cafe so the stats will have to wait for antother day. And I am […]

Day Six – Gyeongju City to Daegu City

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:28.94km Time on bike / 走行時間:1h 56m Average speed / 平均速度:14.9km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:155.8km Money used / 予算使用:29,600KRW(NZ$49, US$31) English summary: You know how I said that it was great weather yesterday? Yeah well that was until about 11pm at night. Massive rain turned […]

Day Five – Just outside of Ulsan to Gyeongju City ...

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:51.70km Time on bike / 走行時間:3h 26m Average speed / 平均速度:15km/h Total distance to date / 現在までの積算距離:126.9km Money used / 予算使用:12,000KRW (NZ$20, US$12) I woke up rearing to go this morning, so did about 20km before breakfast. Those 20km would take me through the most polluted area […]

Day Four – Jinha Beach to just outside of Ulsan

Distance / 走行距離:50.33km Time on bike / 走行時間 : 3h 45m Average speed / 平均速度:13.4m/h Total distance / 現在までの積算距離:75.2km Summary: Felt pretty blue this morning. Surrounded by city, just had to get out. Biked 50km to Jinha beach and shared a free camping ground with about 400 screaming school kids. […]

Day Three – Pusan to Jinha Beach (English summary)

Today’s Distance / 今日の走行距離:12.58km Time on bike / 走行時間:1h 11m Average speed / 平均速度:10.6km/h Total distance / 現在までの積算距離:20.6km Apparently I’m biking across the continent. But it’s day two and aready I’m having a day off. I really shoud have a week off. Still feeling very jaded from the last month […]

Day Two – Rest day in Pusan

Distance / 走行距離:7.75km Time on bike / 走行時間:35分58秒 Average speed / 平均速度:13.0km/h Total distance / 現在までの積算距離:7.75km Summary: Tired, staying at small backpackers (see link below) in Pusan. 今日は複雑な思いがたくさんあります: 日本を離れることについて 寂しさが胸の中にありながら、解放感、幸福感が沸いてくる。その中にも恐怖感、緊張感もある。しかし、その全部の気持ちの裏にはもっとも強いのは単純な「早く自転車を漕いで、知らない土地に行きたい」という気持ちです。 旅をはじめることについて 旅についてまったく何もわけがわかりませんということがよくわかりました。特にお金の管理について。どうやってお金をわけて、安全に持ち歩くのか。どれくらいをいっぺん両替するのか。何とか当ててみて、それがありだと願うだけです。 とはいえ、その緊張感や不安にもかかわらず、一日目はうまく行きました。プサンのフェリー乗り場で日本語をしゃべってくれる案内所があって、そこで泊まるところを聞いたところ、現在は「Blue Backpackers Hostel」というユースホステルにいます。マンションの18階のアパートがホステルに改造されていて、とても狭いところですけど、2泊泊まることにしました。 今日のハペニング: フェリーのりばに着いて、自転車と荷物の整理をしたら、タクシー運転手2人がやってきました。とてもフレンドリーな御2人でした。そこで1人はどうやら僕の水筒に興味を示していて、水筒を触っているではないか。あ、水筒に貼り付けている日本の国旗のステッカーをはがそうとしているではないか。僕は慌てて国旗が見えないように、水筒を回転させました。やはり反日感が強い韓国に着きましたなと思いました。

Day One – Fukuoka (Japan) to Pusan (Korea) (English summary)

Final preparations are coming together. I have 26kg of equipment. Including bottle cages, fenders, racks etc, the bike weighs 19kg. I am 77kg. My next blurb will be from Korea. Leaving the Fukuoka Hakata Bay International Terminal at 12:30pm tomorrow (Sat. 22nd of July, 2006). I leave you with this: […]

Pre-Departure (1 day): Showtime!

Today’s savings: 292g Total savings to date: 1038g Today the maps were in my sights. I removed all areas of the maps that I do not plan on going to, and in that way saved 292 grams. This brings my total amount saved to date to over 1 kilogram. Considering […]

Pre-Departure (2 days): War on Weight III

Some updates to this website today: My profle. Let’s you know a little bit more about me. Detailed gear list. It’s massive. Any comments about things you think I should be taking but haven’t listed, or things I have listed that you think I don’t need would be most appreciated. […]

Pre-Departure (3 days): Website updates

Under the seat of the 14degrees bike, there is a rack to attach some small sized pannier bags. There was a space here to stow a small drybag filled with tools and spare parts, so I have attached some nylon straps and clips to hold the drybag in place.

Pre-Departure (5 days): Using all space available

Today’s savings: 689g Total savings to date: 746g Right. No holds barred today. All handles in my sight were removed. Shaver handle, toothbrush handle, cone spanner handles, chain whip handle… As for the shaver handle, if you’re using the Gillette Mach III, then the little stub is just big enough to hold […]

Pre-Departure (11 days): War on Weight II

Today’s savings: 57g Total savings to date: 57g Today begins a series of posts on reducing the weight of my gear that I’ll be taking on the trip. Not one measley one gram will escape my obsessive eye. This war on weight is in part inspired by another recumbent rider, […]

Pre-Departure (13 days): The war on weight