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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! :-))
Lara and I spent a fab 3 days in Busan! We had many interesting meals: traditional Korean dinner, street food, weird brown eggs, and bad "Mexican"! I drug Lara kicking and screaming through Shinsegae, the largest mall in the world, we visited the amazing Yonggungsa Temple near the outskirts of the city, I did Natarajasana everywhere I could, and we stayed at an awesome "Love Motel", 4 stars by US standards, for $73 per night!
We were swept along with the tide of mainly Korean tourists at Haeundae Beach, watching families play traditional New Year's games in the sand, in traditional costume. Heck we even got to witness a beach volleyball game with many of the men in butt-free jockeys--(one of my fav sights on the trip he he! We luxuriated in the boiling saunas and whirlpools of Vesta Spa, and marveled at the variegated architecture of the city.
We starved, we overate, we laughed loud and whined a little. It was a great weekend with lots of memories captured below!
...is gadding about!