I recently bought a bicycle. I wasn't going to, originally, but with all the cycling I've been doing lately, the school bikes have been a pain in the butt. Literally. Those bike seats are terrible after 30 minutes and I generally like to go longer than that. And so when a deal came up, I jumped at the chance.
|Here's me with my new bicycle after our first ride together. She's camera shy so I posed with her.|
There was only one hiccup in my purchase: how to get said new bike back to my house? The seller was in Jeju-si which is about a 40 minute bus ride from the school. Your first thought, like mine, is probably, "Just take the bike on the bus." Except, I haven't seen a bus with a bike rack yet. And with my limited Korean skills, I wasn't sure how to ask the bus driver about bringing a bicycle. It's probable that I could have eventually found someone to help me drive in to the city and pick up the bike, but I wasn't sure when that would be with the diversity of everyone's schedules.
So, naturally, I chose the next best option to do with a bicycle: ride it home.
|Statistics from my MapMyRun. Naturally, I recorded my route. |
I should add a category for # of Lighthouses Spotted. Answer? 19
And I probably missed one or two...
This was the longest bike ride that I have ever done to date and the weather (and route) was absolutely stunning. I purposely chose to take a scenic route instead of coming straight back to the school. My total time was nearly 3.5 hours, but if I didn't stop to take so many pictures, I think I could have done it in 2.5 hours.
I was a little worried as I left Jeju-si behind that I would be stuck riding along the busy highway, but after a couple kilometers, a bicycle lane veered away from the busy road. Marked by a thick blue line, this lane took cyclists and hikers along the coast, where possible, and while they added a couple kilometers to my trek, they were well worth it. (If you are a cyclist take note that Jeju-do has so far been extremely bicycle friendly--although I cannot say that I have done a lot of cycling in the cities. Many places that I have visited have had separate bicycle lanes or the roads were not too busy with car traffic to be overwhelming.
) The route had mild hills, but overall was not too strenuous. If I had had more time in my day, I would have loved to linger upon my way.
Here are a few photographs from my trip. I only wish that my pictures could truly capture the peace and beauty that surrounded me as I rode.
|The first stop I made was at Iho Beach. You'll notice that no one is swimming. That's because no one really goes into the water after the end of August for some reason.|
|Continuing onward, I couldn't resist pausing to look out over the farmland to the seashore beyond. |
|The road curved out to the north and I was able to capture this shot of Jeju-si in the background. |
|This is one of my favourites. I paused for a moment to look back the way I had come. At this point, you couldn't even see Jeju-si in the background anymore.|
|I love how the land and sea fold back and forth together--like an accordion or like ruffles. It's not a smooth edge, but something constantly changing.|
|Another lovely beach where I paused for a moment. This is Gwakji Beach. The sand was so white, I could hardly believe the difference from Iho Beach. I definitely hope to visit it again.|
|One last image of my bicycle posing with another Haenyeo Statue (these are everywhere!)|
Who knows where my bike and I will end up next?
Love & Hugs
You look so happy in your picture with your shy bicycle friend.
Two typos. 1.Paragraph starting the photos should have rode and not road.
2 caption under pic 5 accordion is what you mean I think!
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