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July 26th, 2006 | categorizilation: all categories,Korea

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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 the river to chocolate whip. My tent got wet even under the pagoda roof. Left the pagoda late at 10:30am, and headed for Gyeonju City. That’s where I am now after getting really wet and deciding to find a place to stay. Nice Korean-style guest house. I’m a bit concerned with the pace at present, but that can’t be helped. No point in pushing it too hard now and not be able to continue later.


Yesterday / 昨日
Washing me and my clothes / 服と自分を洗う

Today / 今日
See how the colour of the river has changed? / 川の色が・・・


向かったのは一応30km先の慶州市でした。それでそこに泊まることにしました。疲れ的には、前に進んでも全然平気でしたが、雨がとにかくひどかった。カッパの調整が悪かったかのか、どんなカッパを着てもどうしようもなかったのか分かりませんが、慶州市に着いたらもうずぶ濡れ。観光案内所に行ったらキレイな民宿(guest house)を案内してくれました。値段は一泊20,000KRWで予算オーバーだけど、ま、しょうがない。韓国の昔の家です。塀に囲まれていて、真ん中にちょっとした広場があります。明日の天気が良ければ一泊だけにするつもりです。

Put your hand up if you're soaked / ずぶ濡れの人、手上げて!・・・は~い!


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Comment by Murdo — July 27, 2006 @ 5:40 am | post a comment

Hey Rob,

Wow man you actually left Beppu behind on your adventure! I just found your site thru Joel's blog page and have been reading about how you are progressing…What a fantastic journey to be on, I look forward to following your trip. The very best of luck and take care,


Comment by rob — July 27, 2006 @ 4:03 pm | post a comment

Nice bike, nice trip, nice vids.

Really enjoyed the videos, thank you.

Take time to Enjoy.

Love all around,


Comment by Mike C — July 27, 2006 @ 4:16 pm | post a comment

Lucky the river didn't come up much higher! Everyone's in awe of you Rob. And I'm pretty jealous, wish I could be with you on my own recumbant bicycle! Thanks for putting regular posts down. Loving watching your adventure unfold. The photos are great – keep them coming too if you can.

Comment by Matt Monahan — July 27, 2006 @ 6:07 pm | post a comment


Hang in there, man. Starting slow and bogged down will only make it that much sweeter when you finally break out! I just got a recumbent and love it. I'll be riding to work each day this coming school year (I'm a teacher) and hope to get in better shape than I am now (totally new muscles being used!). You've become a bit of a hero of mine!

By the way, how do you keep such a nice bike from getting ripped of when you sleep on the beach or stop at a cafe?

We're praying for your safety and travels.


Chattanooga, TN USA

Comment by Uncle Peter — July 27, 2006 @ 7:18 pm | post a comment

Go you good thing. Start off the way you mean to carry on – both with travel and updates. What would life be without a problem or two. What's He teaching you thru this unique lesson?

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 28, 2006 @ 4:44 am | post a comment

Matt, I carry a 2m long wire lock to deter thieves. However I am thinking of also getting a D-lock. I am of the opinion however that even though it is a very expensive bike, how would a Korean guy explain to his mates how he managed to get a German made recumbent bicycle when there are no recumbent stores within Korea (or at least very few). Kind of stands out. It is in itself a thief deterrant.

Comment by Rob Thomson — July 28, 2006 @ 4:47 am | post a comment

Uncle Peter, the biggest lesson I'm learning at present is that getting used to new ways of living takes time but it does happen. Packing my gear each morning is taking less time, I'm getting used to communicating without words, getting used to when I should be cycling and when I should be resting…

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