The trip so far
Cold, damp and foggy in the morning: The fog finally lifted by 11 to a bright sunny day.
The route was essentially along two riverside bike paths, so little elevation... apart from the climb to both dams. No major stops but lots of minor ones trying to work out where I was.
Todays distance : 112km (naver.com)
Total : 329km / 205 miles
Brrr. Cold. Despite this, This would be the first day that I woke up in (foggy) daylight. Up until now I have been leaving before daybreak. I spent a bit of time sorting out the insulation system for the hammock as I anticipated camping again in the evening.
Just on the outskirts of Damyang, this actually took a bit of finding, and looks nothing like the images on the bike route... nor in the underpass where there was a little gallery. Presumably because this is not actually on the bike route and you are only allowed to walk it. More of a path than a road, really. This is meant to be really spectacular in autumn, but although I turned up in autumn the colours had yet to change. Still it had totem poles too. This is to ward off evil spirits. And schoolchildren
The trouble with maps
In Korea there are none. It was here that I worked out that I had no more data on my phone data plan. Map My Ride was not working, I couldn't get to Goolemaps or Naver either. My paper copy I printed off did well, until I found myself on another dualcarriageway - and then on a road forbidden for cyclists (and motorcyclists). I did manage to get a GPS signal onto a downloaded map I had previously installed (Korea Maps app) and although the resolution wasn't brilliant, it did get me onto a more pleasant road. Enough to continue the journey then
Seomjingang Cycle Path
I had already added to my route by going to Damyangdam. Apart from the maps thing, everything was going fine. Next stop, Osu, to see the faithful dog. It would mean either doubling back the next day or going up a fucking big hill near Jirisan. As I had mapping issues and I was already on the trail to Guyre I knew I couldn't get lost, wouldn't have to double back nor would I have to do a mountain climb. Choice was made... I carried on down the Seomjingang until an hour after dark. And the views zere worth it.