Incheon to Busan – 630km+ of assigned bike paths from the Northern part of South Korea to the Southern tip of the peninsula. This is NOT a bike lane on the side of the road, majority of the paths were ASSIGNED bike paths with its own tunnels, bridges made for bicyclists, all along the 4 rivers of Korea. It was FANTASTIC. We rode in peace the majority of the time without having to worry about cars or wearing helmets.
We’re getting good at this whole traveling-with-bicycles thing– we haven’t been putting our bikes in bike boxes in the past two trips. We just wrap them up in clear plastic, turn the handlebars sideways, take off the saddle and pedals and off we go! We had to take the subway to get out of the airport complex to the start of the Incheon bike paths.
PS: Short route notes at the end of the post if you ever contemplate doing this fantastic ride. DO IT!
Brady’s 1st purchase in Korea: portable speaker that he proudly blared pop American music from. Brady’s 2nd purchase in Korea- this derpy non-functional bicyclist hats, purchased from a pop up Korean bike store on the side of the street. He can’t be happier. Here he’s sporting his new favorite drink– Makgeoli from a bottle.
Here’s pictures galore so you don’t have to continue hearing me singing praises on the amazing bike paths and glorious Korean food (when we order them right):
We are in Busan now– will be here for the weekend, hoping to party like a local before heading back North via the West Coast route. Not a lot of bike paths there, so helmets will be in place.
- Great resource: https://travellinghajo.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/across-korea-on-a-bicycle-a-howto-for-the-foreigner-riding-seoul-busan-and-coming-back-in-one-piece/#words — we downloaded his GPX file and used it for the majority of the paths that are not obviously marked. We noted a few discrepancies. If there are signs, follow the signs. When in doubt, use the gpx, it will lead you back to the path, eventually
- All the campsites in Korea: http://www.campingjido.com — in Korean, I figured out how to navigate by luck
- From the Incheon airport, take the airport subway to Cheongna International City Station- this will take you to the start of the Ara Bike Trail right adjacent to the station
- We didn’t do the stamp passport thing- would do it if given the second chance
- Learn how to read hangul. We would have been so screwed if I didn’t know any korean food or how to read hangul. It helps so much. That, or get google translate.