Bike touring is the best thing ever since bicycles were invented in the first place. Ever since my brother Nick left Korea and needed someone to watch over his bike, I have been going on long rides once or twice a week. Lately, I have been traveling on the backroads from Yeosu (where I currently live) to Suncheon and beyond. I average around 85 to 90km. I know that is a little on the low side, but I am progressing.
I have noticed that road bikes are not too popular in Korea, when compared to mountain bikes. Yes, mountain bikes are more versatile than road bikes, but it really is amazing how much more efficient a road bike is on a paved surface compared to a mountain bike. The bike I am riding though it is a steel frame, it is very light. It has a carbon fork and carbon seat post. I will say that although I love bombing hills with it, it does tend to get a little twitchy at high speeds.
Pictured below is the science teacher at the middle school I teach at every Thursday. I have toured with him once (that’s not his green and white bike in the background.) He is a strong rider, but also he reminds me that touring isn’t a race, and that part of touring is enjoying the journey, not racing to the destination. We have a two day tour coming up this weekend. It will be freezing, which means layering on a few layers.