In March I at last fulfilled my goal to not only see Jeju in spring time, but also to cycle around it. A co-worker joined me in my quest to cycle the +/- 250 km around the coast.
We decided we could not be bothered by getting our bikes boxed for flying, so we booked a sleeping bunk on the 12 hour ferry from Busan Ferry Terminal to Jeju.
I booked the tickets online and just picked them up at the port, we put our bikes in the hold of the ship, went on board and made ourselves cozy in our room. The next morning we got off the boat, got on our bikes and started cycling.
Our adventure started at 6:40 am with lots of black rocky coastline, cute artsy cafe's and guesthouses, some white and black sand beaches, 3 or more waterfalls, an irritating amount of wind (on the last day), just enough Chinese tourists and Korean school groups, modern wind-mills dotting the coast, endless volcanic stone walls surrounding the similar black stone houses, drying squid flapping in the wind, women-divers' scooters and carts parked along the road galore, yellow rapeseed flowers lining every road and tourist site, with some tulips, magnolias and other blossoms thrown in between, wide safe cycling paths as far as the eye can see, clean well stocked bathrooms around every corner right when you need them and many kind smiles and words to accompany us on our way.
Oh and lets not forget sore cycling bums, a wet rainy cycle and numerous CU or GS25 pit-stops, delicious grilled fish and black skinned local bbq pork, then throw in red and white lighthouses, some horses, too many scary chained dogs, a boat ride or two and mystical dramatic rock formations showing off the ancient power of the earth's crust.
Thank you Jeju, Korea and my cycling partner for such a wonderful adventure!
Some tips and info for cycling Jeju:
Near the end of the winter the Busan Bike Riding Club on facebook decided to have another bike social event. Even though some drizzling rain scared many a cyclist away, 10 people met up to cycle along the Suyeong and Oncheon river paths. Coby, the bike party master from Changwon joined us, and Themba, bike party guru from Seoul also came to see what we are all about. It was the perfect afternoon and many ideas about bike parties were exchanged over Turkish kebabs.
Bike party event info on facebook:
Cycle from Gwangali beach to Suyeong river, then up Oncheon river past PNU and finally to Cappadocia, a Turkish restaurant. Have lunch and cycle back or take the subway back at any of the stations on the way (line 1). About 20km there, all very flat and 90% bike path.
Any information about cycling in South Korea.