Monday (6/6) was a holiday here in Korea. I had been wanting to schedule a ride with Sean from the bike shop that I frequent. He works six days a week with only Monday off and unfortunately Monday is my busiest day of the week. So, this was our only chance. He also has been leaning more towards mountain biking these days whilst having a full carbon Giant road bike that has only been ridden a handful of times. It was my job to get him to break that habit and get him on his road bike. It literally weighs half as much as my cromoly steel framed bike. Jealous… however he didn’t have the really cool panniers that I have!
Starting at 7am, there were very few people out. He had a route which was very well planned. We started at the bike shop and headed out towards Daejeon (south), and went over some steep mountain passes. Luckily, I had done parts of his route before and knew about the steep grades. It was around 80km which doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you factor in all of the mountains that we had to overcome, I was satisfied with what we accomplished.
During the trip Sean had given me some tips. He mentioned that I am doing too much of the work using my leg power. Instead he said that I should let the bike do more of the work (i.e. use a lower gear and pedal slightly faster). It’s surprisingly simple advice, yet effective. I will be keeping that in mind this Summer.
At the end of the ride, we took a detour and Sean let me to this store where little traditional Korean walnut cookies are sold. He bought me a box, and they were absolutely delicious. The picture that I have does not do the taste justice. I highly recommend them. Thanks buddy!