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What a fantastic day to spend outside,on the bike, around the island... in Korea! I spent the afternoon pumping out going up multiple hills (some were 20% grade!) for an overall elevation gain of 4100 ft.! Then I'd coast down, my breathing settling, feeling relief, and gain just enough recuperation time (like 30 seconds, haha) until I had to start peddling uphill again! Up down up down up down. A glorious workout over the course of hours, stopping to take these stunning photos. Looks like the Caribbean right? Well, the water isn't as crystal, and yet...
Since I had planned a simple and easy ride for two hours out and back, I didn't pack lunch. Thank Buddha for Buddha's Birthday celebration, where there are festivities and celebrations and honors... and free meals! Thus, after pedaling a few hours, I serendipitously happened upon a small temple outside of Inpyeongdong, and stopped on the ride back. I enjoyed some quiet and not-so quiet meditation time, then was "encouraged" to come eat some bap (rice). I was served a huge meal of rice and vegetable and fruit and ttok (rice cakes). Then they made me take some home after learning I had ridden so far.
The temple was beautiful, the day was glorious, the ride was exhilarating! I am so proud of myself; not having been on a bike since Key West, and never having done any kind of mountainous riding! 15.5 miles and over 4100 feet of ups.
I impressed myself! :-))
...is gadding about!