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135 full-color pages of photos, stories, anecdotes, illustrations, journal pages maps and more!In addition to the four major sections on Yunnan, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand I have included some back story on both my first (and unsuccessful) attempt to motorcycle through China as well as how the planning for the trip came together.I have chosen the very best of the more than 4,000 photos from the trip as well as the most humorous, moving and fascinating of the several hundred anecdotes for Southeast Asia on 2 Wheels.

Sunday, 23 March 2008

A Ride into Korea's Interior Reveals Simpler Life


I had been wanting to travel to the lake Northwest of Wonju city for some time. I chose a route through Suwon City Eastbound for the Yeoju area hoping I could scope out the lake and river area as well as make some observations about speed, comfort and mileage for my future journey across Asia. Due to a linguistic failure on my part, I missed the lake by about 20 miles and instead found a river swell area to the South.

The route took me through Suwon City which turned out to be a heavily congested knot of highways and expressways. It was slow going to just get through the city. I did however snap some video of HwaSeong Fortress and that was worth it. Once out of Suwon I traveled through Yongin and Ichon en route to the river near Yeoju. Along the way, somewhere outside of Yongin, I stumbled across a farming village. Despite some modern cars and farming equip, this low-walled village was an erie picture of an Aggrarian Korea of yester-century. The highlight was a seemingly untouched farmhouse replete with sod walls and timber roof in traditional Korean style. I got out of there quickly as the locals seemed to be suspicious of me.

The river itself was nice and an easy ride up local highway 333 provided some lovely views of the distant mountains. But strangest find on this day-journey was waiting for me in a somewhat more modern farming community just off of 333. It was here that I stumbled across six concrete military machine gun posts. They appeared rather recent - certainly not of Korean war days. But oddly, they were facing the South as far as I could tell. Of course I had to enter them and look inside! Check out the photos below. Note the re-bar machine gun mounts and sandbag fortifications around the bunkers.

The ride home turned ugly in Suwon as the temperature dropped and it began to rain.

Miles traveled: 85


Ayami (Yoshizaki) Norton said...

Hey, you! I guess I'm the first person to make a comment on your blog! Anyway, I love the way you live your life, and I bet you are having so much fun too! I wish I could be there with you and had fun together! I miss you seeing here in the US. If I were single, I would be traveling a lot in the world! See you on the blogspot!

Tim said...

That sounds like a blast! I'm moving to Korea soon and I think I'll end up getting a motorcycle. It seems like a good way to see the country and offers a lot more freedom than public transit.