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July 29th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Korea

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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 about 5km out of town, but they have a cycle path running from town right to the front gate of the museum. Did I mention that this town is friendly to cyclists? It is very friendly to cyclists. Pity that that fact has made no impression on the use of cycles. In total I have seen two cyclists in this city…

Anyway, there were many weird and wonderful cycles at the museum. There were also ones you could take for rides in the car park. Most were in disrepair. But that did not deter the many children visiting today to drag their parents over to the tandems and order them to take them for a ride. It just reminds me how much joy such a simple machine as a bicycle brings. By the way, when was the last time you rode double with someone? You know, your friend pedals while you hold on for dear life, sitting on the rickety carrier. I have decided that even grown-ups need to ride double sometimes…the kids were loving it. For all the bike photos, check out my flickr.com account.

Green Machine / グリーンマシン

Other than that, due to the rain I have just been hanging out in my motel room doing some handwashing of clothes. Tomorrow will be another early start with a big climb over the alps to start the day.

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Comment by carl — July 30, 2006 @ 5:04 am | post a comment

It's me sorry been working, still no luck winning lottery. Luck might change if I buy a ticket!.

So how goes the world on wheels? Like the pictures still think your bonkers for cycling on your weapon of choice.

got to dash meant to be on ferry off this humid rock in the north sea, as working in jolly poland for a day and a half.

will have a look back later all the best C.

Comment by Lesley Bond — July 30, 2006 @ 2:53 pm | post a comment

What alps will you be going over and how high? It will be cooler up in the mnountains so that'll be a bonus.

Aunty Les

Comment by Uncle Peter — July 31, 2006 @ 7:21 am | post a comment

actually this is Aunty Lyn. We will be praying for you and I'm sure God will provide those divine appointments along the way as only he

can. All the best

Comment by malcolm — July 31, 2006 @ 1:49 pm | post a comment

Nice going rob. full power to ya brother. I'm in dubai and enjoying.

I have a place that will teat you well in swiss land. i'll give you details when your a bit closer

Comment by Rachel Callander — July 31, 2006 @ 3:46 pm | post a comment

Hey rob

Awesome stuff so far… maybe one day someone will make a movie out of your story… it worked for Che Guevara!

Are you peeling yet??

It all just looks great! Hope you are feeling happy and well. You are getting faster on your bike too!! That is cool

Love Rach

Comment by David — July 31, 2006 @ 7:38 pm | post a comment

Hey Rob,

Things have been normal back here in Beppu. There was a big fireworks show on sunday, and it has been hot hot hot! While I didn't quite reach your redness levels I got a nice slow burn going. I was riding into Ajimu the other day, and it was a great trip looping around, but the ride back, thinking of going back to places already well covered – was much less fun than the ride out. Then I thought of your trip – the whole thing is 'the ride out'!

Fried chicken is an institution in Korea – in Seoul theres at least one or two chicken n' beer places every block. I went once – the chicken was overly greasy and the beer was weak, but the brute simplicity of the place made it enjoyable – you should try some after a hard days ride!

Comment by Romesh Bhattacharji — August 3, 2006 @ 1:43 am | post a comment

10 days and yet your accounts are so vivid that I can imagine your experience clearly. Bye gutsy fellow. Hope you are having fun?

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