Again, the night in the hotel allowed an early morning start.
There are two car ferries to Jeju, a fast one, with seats that do not take motorcycles and a slow one (without seats) that does. The fast boat leaves an hour later than the slow boat. As I did not know whether pushbikes would be allowed on the fast one, I had to get out early.
Did any of that make sense?
As it turns out, pushbikes - and trikes were perfectly acceptable on the fast boat. Which left time for a coffee and bun.
Trikes? Yup, Jeju has a fantasy bike trail and so loads of pushbikes and trikes were waiting to board. I am wondering, however, whether there is a written rule as to whether theres an unwritten rule that you should always stand to the left hand side of a push bike as out of the 30+ cyclists, not one was waiting on the right hand side of his or her bike.
Still, the boat was comfortable and the crossing quick, and by 11am I was back on the rock.
Now the decision: cycle straight over the flank of Halla, or follow the coast road which would add 10km...
Surprisingly, I had no aches from the previous days ride - or even the previous week. And it was yet another glorious day. Additionally, there was a part of the coast that I had not yet cycled (having omitted it after a 100km ride around the other side of Jeju 6 months previously). Coast road it was then.
Just before Gwaje beach I was tempted by a burger bar... and coffee. The burger (in a bun) was the radial size of a pizza, I kid you not. Unfortunately, it was also waffer thin, so the taste was hidden by salad and bread. Oh well, can't win them all.
After that, it was just a question of heading inland and upland towards home..
Following the coast, as it happens, is actually quicker than flogging a laden bike up to the dual carriageway. I arrived in good time to quaff more beer than I had all journey.
And it tasted good.
Todays distance : 55km
Total Distance : 690km / 431 miles