Bikes and Clams

Trip Start Aug 18, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, July 25, 2011

After a two hour bus ride to Seoul and another three hour bus ride, we arrived in the Southern province Jellongbuk-do in Gunsan ready to board the ferry over to Suenyudo islands.  Lisa, Rory Sally and Craig (last three from England) and I had signed up for a bike trip with a group called Adenture Korea.  It is very useful when you don't want to plan anything and you can sit back and relax, while the tour guides take care of everything from bus trips, to entrance tickets, to accommodation.  The ferry was delayed due to fog, so sat playing card games and listened to the background music made by Rory and his eukelali.  We finally boarded the ferry at 1:30pm and all I can say is it felt so good to be on the sea.  I instantly got that feeling I get when I arrive at Woodshole on my way over the Vineyard.  I think that feeling has been embedded in me since I was in my mother's womb! 

We checked into our room and immediately took off to explore the islands.  It was a rather erie feel and I can't quite put my finger on the 'vibe' of this island.  In any event, it was relaxing to cruise around on bikes along the coast, stopping for overpriced, cold beers along the way to cool us off.  We made a pit-stop where some locals fed us melon, tomatoes and cucumber and instead of Gatorade or water, they handed us off some home-brewed alcohol, which gave us some extra power for the last hour of the ride.

We were told to meet at 5 to go sea creature hunting.  Whatever that meant, we thought we shouldn't miss it.  We arrived at the beach, as the sun was gently falling behind the mountains over the sea and saw crowds of people with shovels and hoes.  All we heard as we got closer were screams and shrills and saw the locals pouring salt in little holes in the sand. All the sudden, out pops pencil shaped sea creatures that we eventually found out were razor clams.  For some reason, these little slimy sea life either love the salt, or are trying to escape from the salt. But in any event, after serious concentration and dedication, we caught about 5 and Lisa insisted that we ate these delicacies. 

After dinner, we played a good round of catch phrase and headed to the beach for our campfire. We ate the roast clams, listened to tunes and drank soju around the campfire on the beach.  Lisa and I spend a good hour reminiscing about our Central American travels and sharing our stories.  The next day we hiked and spent the afternoon basking in the sun on the beach. The trip really inspired me to buy a bike and start cycling in Cheorwon!  Great weather, great scenery, great company, which all made a truly great weekend! 
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