10 Ethan’s View

We left Daol Hotel and cycled down the nice path with the autumn leaves 🍁🍂 🍃 .

We cycled down this bridge and saw the view of the river.

Daddy had bought beef yesterday from the butcher and he had planned to cook some lunch. Splendid! But he forgot one thing… the wooden chopsticks ! Daddy located a CU nearby and we got the chopsticks and an ice cream! Daddy also spotted a fat kitty (above)

We cooked up beef and it was fantastic .

The spam went really well with it .This was where we cooked.

The place was nicer than daddy expected.I went really fast on this stretch.

After climbing a steep section of incline we reached a rest stop.walls of plants surrounded us.

Fun fact:Daddy dropped his phone there.

we saw what daddy said was a aqueduct.after entering a town, we saw a man laying down the things we always see at the side of the road.

after coming to town , daddy found out motel and we followed his maps. We saw a nicer and newer one next to it and settled with it. We saw a machine and was immediately satisfied. We checked in and settled down . After that , we went around for dinner . We saw a fried chicken shop and said no , but after going through almost every shop, we decided to go for a stew.

it was simple cheap and good. The people were (as always) Friendly.

I wanted to wear the bathrobe so I did . Daddy chipped in and we both wore it for P2P. But he did not wear it to sleep. Do you think he should have wore it? Answer in the comments section, aye or nay .

09 Ethan’s View

We woke up and left Ten Motel and we ate a mushroom soup we bought a few days ago and left.

On the way we passed this nice cosy cafe. We wanted to stop there but it was closed.

We cycled close through a building, through a amazing tunnel and out to this nice broad walk which led us to the next center and lunch. It was next to a bridge and a cafe which spelt cafe wrongly. We would see that cafe again in the city.

I had a bun and daddy bought a decent coffee at the nearby vending machine . We crossed the bridge after that and cycled to our next break.

On our break, we met a nice old man who does Long distance walking with his Wife . Wow!

After the break, we soon arrived at the next certification center . Daddy even made a video of it!

We found a CU and went on a budget and had instant udon with our apples! I made a cute apple picture. The top is Ethan(me) and the bottom is Daddy. CU is where we bought our udon and reminded me of the soups we have in 7-11 back at home!We had a scrumptious lunch and left the store.

We came across this switchback hill and conquered it step by step. We had a short break too. we passed through wildflowers and plantations to get to our final destination, Dalseong. Daddy actually wanted to go to the next town but I said no because I was getting tired and I made the right decision. Now I know it’s OK to say no.Our first thing we saw in Dalseong was a helicopter field .

The next thing we saw was a school , then a factory , then a Hyundai these site. Daddy said if I was at the school , and he worked in the factory, he could meet he for lunch!

“Hi sonny , you want to come over for lunch today?”

yes that would be great!”

Alright then , see you at Paris Baquette at 1pm”

Daddy saw something interesting up ahead and we went to take a look. It was a old house!

We ventured into town and it was really empty. It was easy to find our hotel and it looked new. The name of our hotel was called daol Hotel. It sounded like an Indian word!

The hotel looked pretty new. It was also unmanned at the hotel desk. At the hotel a vending machine replaced A person at the counter. One of the cleaning staff came out the ask us whether we wanted an overnight room. He told us that you could only get a overnight room after 6 PM. We said thank you and headed off to a Paris baguette that daddy found on Naver maps. We decided to hang out and kill time there till 6 o’clock. The Paris baguette was in the more residential areas and there was more food there. We decided to go there for a barbecue grill for dinner that night. At the Paris baguette , I had a jelly stick and a ice cream lolly. After that we cycled down to our hotel and got a cheap and good room. At the hotel we had a free coffee and they also provided us with instant noodles, A microwave and free water .

The hotel interior was beautiful . we found a room easily and entered

The room. I also did a video of the tour of the room.(not ready)

Daddy used Naver maps to find a nice grill with a free coffee machine. We had a piece of beef and pork which was excellent. After dinner we were stuffed and took a lazy ride back to the hotel. We washed up showered and did P2P and called it a day.

08 Ethan’s View

We woke up, packed up and ate a persimmon. We cycled back to the bridge where we branched off and continued down south to Busan. Along one bridge, we stopped to have a nutritious breakfast on a bridge .

Breakfast was Apple and seaweed.

Daddy Threw the appple seeds in the soil and I thought to tell daddy but I did not ” shall you ever see an Apple tree when you come back, know it was most likely grown by you.” We packed up and went to the stamp booth a few hundred metres away from where we ate breakfast#2 . After we stamped our booth, We enjoyed the scenery while Cycling There were lots of plants there growing too! I stopped because I was so tired climbing that slope!

This was one bridge we passed. Daddy loves taking selfies. That’s the close up view from the bridge . Another selfie daddy took.after a steep hill daddy helped me fix my derailer.

We passed many mountains that also looked like they were painted .

Daddy kept on telling me that I loved taking to myself.?Thats my way to pass the time.

We passed a river museum . The river must be very popular .

We went through a park and it was really nice. e planned to have beef today because Koreans love chicken and we hardly ate any other meat. We saw a few beef stores and even a goat bulgogi shop.

We finally settled with this beef shop.

I loved it, even though it was not really barbecue . It was kind of like a stew, which I also liked . The Flavour was like Japanese sukiyaki so it was familiar to me.

I looked up to see the group having barbecue beef! However we got this and it was very goodThis was me looking at the mountains.We also cycled some parts on the road, like this.Daddy even took a risk of taking a picture at the traffic lights.

We stopped at a CU store for a snack. CU is my favourite convenience store in Korea.

We found this matcha roll and we happily ate it .Daddy got a lotus tiramisu and I got a milk flavoured pororo drink.

We passed through a town called Gumi! Daddy loves taking photos of me taking a photo of something.We stopped for a milkshake at the Gumi Certification Center convenience store. It was so hot inside the store for the first time we sat outside.

This was a thumbnail (size) of a daddy selfie. We passed through a tunnel and came out to scenic views .

These selfies like the one shown below are ones you should really treasure. Daddy got many screen cracks from it.

This was a bus . It was supposed to be Bus 197 bus it was blanked out due to the camera in daddy’s phone.

We accidentally went on a detour and saw a mini library . Unfortunately it was locked.

We decided to press on to the further town, which daddy found a nice accommodation there .

we saw this very big e-scooter that would get somebody a big fine.

we cycled even during sunset and went to the next town .This was The beautiful sunset we encountered in our journey.

We arrived at a stamp booth and stamped our stamps there. two youths helped us take some pictures too!

I also noticed this booth had a door and a old map ! What a interesting booth.

it was even located in a building! We followed the cycle path to our next destination . We followed the highway there. At a point , daddy pointed to a bridge and told us that we are going to stop there. I was quite happy. What a day of Cycling! We turned off and nearly went the wrong way! We passed a few convenience stores and daddy navigated the back streets of the city to our motel. even though it had a corny name(Ten motel) we stayed at it. We found out for the first time that the fat strings that were hung up were actually automatic doors! It was so mesmerising! The layout was different and the reception was different. It was on the second floor(2F) . On 2F daddy used Google translate while I checked out the amenities!

  1. Free ice creams
  2. Free microwave
  3. Free coffee machine
  4. Free bottles of ice for your free drinks upstairs!

We went up to our room and it was fantastic! We would never Guess how much daddy would love this dinner tonight. We went on to the main road a stones throw away from our motel. There was a beef shop that made me hungry the second I came into 3 meters radius with it but daddy was searching for something else . Anyway, we had beef last night, right? We saw this popular shop and decided to take a peek. It’s menu showed pork. Daddy was like:”ok! This one ! It looks good!”And he chose it, just by the menu. Believe me , it was the The BEST dinner in Korea!

The best part was the rice cakes. Daddy loved pork after that. It looks good right?

Daddy also ordered a beer which he took it back to the hotel room to drink.

I also took a selfie of myself. We retreated to the hotel for ice creams and a nice hot shower. We did P2P ready for an upgrade? And we talked about…yes…How babies are made. We finished it then daddy went to pack up while I heard a peek of the girls session. In the end we went to bed and had a goodnights rest and prepared for tomorrow’s Cycling as shown below.

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07 Ethan’s View

Dad gave me these nice mini buns to eat as an ‘express breakfast’ and we left Goroyeo Hotel. We found the bicycle path and headed to Hahoe village, a 600 year-old village, with some people still calling that place their home. We had a nice morning ride and rode to a small man made waterfall, but it was still nice to see the water. Water makes you relaxed. Just look at the gif below.We also passed small bridges , and many farmers drying a type of wheat, which daddy thought was barley.

There were also mini hills abut I was much better after the big hill and I could do it!

We passed through many farmlands too along the way to Hahoe Village. We picked apples along the way and they were good! Just before our destination , we saw a bus that looked just like my Toy bus at home

. We quickly took a picture and we cycled on to Hahoe Village.Finally, we arrived in Hahoe village. Well, not really it, we arrived opposite of it . Daddy’s Garmin said to take a ferry and we did just that.Even though it was a short ride, it was very thrilling. We arrived at Hahoe village and explored it. We saw a cafe too!

The houses were nice! It was amazing to see people still living in them.It was cool to see The houses also had Ethan sized doors , and daddy explained to me why people were so short those days .I thought a kid owned the house!When we made a half round around the village and then we looped back and we saw a swing!

And yes, That’s me running to see the swing! I never knew people 600 years ago knew how to make strong, sturdy and fun swings ! I was upside down 180 degrees ! It was so fun that I did not want to go ! Daddy had to peel me off the swing . It was time to go and we said goodbye and boarded the ferry back.

We unlocked our bikes and went off to find

lunch nearby. On the way to lunch, daddy wanted to go to a Nonghyup , South Korea’s Bank ,convenience store and petrol station. The men who worked at the shop were very nice and they gave us a free jacket! We found seaweed and sauce but not rice so we decided to go into town across the river to find food. We found a supermarket and a restaurant nearby. We ate at the restaurant and it was good!

After lunch ,we went to the supermarket to get supplies and we got garlic curry and otogi rice. When shopping time was finished ,we hit the road again to sangju, where we started our Andong detour a while ago. Daddy took many pictures of me, especially near the crops .

There was a short broad walk and we followed the seaside for a while.I kept on telling daddy those mountains were drawn by God but he never listened to me…This is another broad walk , and daddy took a selfie!Whenever I am at the back by myself, I will always talk to myself , and daddy says that’s what makes me happy. We saw some persimmon trees and daddy wanted to pick it because it was persimmon season and he loved them . We saw a few but they were all not so ripe a. We picked the sweetest of them all and we picked them. We were supposed to wait for them to ripen but daddy was too impatient and we thew one into the drain. We have one more persimmon in my bag still . Later on, daddy found a riper tree and picked persimmons from it.The mountains here don’t look like their painted though.We cycled through the countryside , enjoying our time here.We reconnected with the Nangkongdang River and followed it to Busan .We passed a place we’ve seen before and thought it would be a nice place to camp since people pay to camp here in the the summer. We cycled in and saw that this was a place with lots of amenities! They had power sockets too! There was a trailor toilet and next to it were water bikes .Daddy pitched our tent very nicely and got creative by using fire extinguishers as a weight for the tent.This below is a panorama of our campsite.We were lucky we came early so we could take photos when it was still bright.We cooked up the garlic stew we bought and the rice. It was so good ! The stew stuck on my mouth and daddy had to scrub it off .

We skipped P2P today as daddy was too tired and he needed to do some planning. I slept because I was sleepy. Good night daddy! I cannot wait for tomorrow !

06 Ethan’s View

Today was more or less a rest day. We packed up our tent and today, daddy had a plan. Just before we left, I saw a box and out of curiosity , I opened it. Inside were free postcards that we took to write to Talia. We hoped it would get to Singapore though, so we took to incase.

 UPDATE:

The Postcard did get to Talia, Just one year after we wrote it. It was stamped 1.11.2019 , and went by surface mail!

We will post a picture of it soon!

We started with an incline, but I was fresh in the morning so I conquered it. We cycled down past a amusement park, that I assumed was only used for summer, and we hit the main road. At the rate we were going , we would have ended too early! So daddy came up with a plan…

    1. We would go to

Sangju Bus Terminal

    and take the bus to Andong Bus Terminal where we would cycle down a trail . (We took a bus because it was uphill to Andong.
    We would cycled down and take a detour which would take 2 days, otherwise, our trip would end too early!
    We would cycle down and visit Korea’s oldest village; Hahoe village
  • 4. We will follow the trail down to busan and get back on track!
  • I was happy with taking a bus as it was my first time in Korea so I said yes! We cycled to Sangju and on the way , we went through a tunnel! This was because there were trains above crossing . After we arrived at Sanju bus terminal, we booked our bus tickets and the bus arrived at 1245hours. Along the way we saw our first Paris Baguette! I was really excited and keen to try it . We bought bread, jelly sticks and a cold Matcha Latte.
  • We had a great time and I kept on telling daddy that we would be late. Daddy eventually left at 1225 and we headed for the bus terminal. We packed up our bikes and it was 1248 . The bus was supposed to leave at 1245.The bus driver was crazy! He overtook cars and went really fast on the expressway. In South Korea, vehicles go much faster and their traffic rules are different. We put our bikes in the luggage area as shown below.we had an enjoyable 2 hour ride to Andong. Daddy slept while I enjoyed the Jeju matcha Latte that we bought . When the relaxing bus ride was over, We got on our bikes and we cycled to the stamp booth.
  • We also walked on Korea’s longest walking bridge where we ate our fresh apple we picked a few days ago. We ate the apple and decided to find a hotel here instead as we would not make it in time to the next town. We stayed at Goroyeo Hotel , as it was one of the best in town. Daddy kept on calling it gorilla hotel! We walked to a beef place because in our whole time in South Korea, we did not have beef!we had short ribs . Later on , we ordered an extra garlic beef . We ate till we were full and the whole dinner cost $94.98 or 78000 Korean Won . After the dinner , we went to CU and 7-11 to get breakfast . We also FaceTimed mummy to show her our room with a PC . Daddy even washed our bikes in the bathroom!I took a video of him. I don’t know if he knows about this though… We slept soundly and were too tired to do the P2P . We would just have to wait till tomorrow.

05 Ethan’s View

I woke up first , looking at daddy then getting a drink. He must have seen me , because the next moment , he asked me what time it was and I boldly replied, “9.00am isdy* “. Daddy suddenly woke up and started washing up and putting on the cycling clothes.We checked out of the motel and looked for a mini-mart (KOREA-> GS25,CU,7-11) but we could only find this older one called OK Mart.

Isdy said :”I am OK with OK mart !” I said yes and we happily went in to check it out.

We found hot chocolate and a coffee and a instant noodles that lots of people ate. ( instant noodles in Korea can be very hot ) we had a good breakfast then we proceeded to look at the old station .

We saw rail bikes and we wanted to ride them but daddy said later. I could not wait, but I had to. Patience Ethan! We took a picture with the waterfall instead.

We saw rail bikes and we wanted to ride them but daddy said later. I could not wait, but I had to. Patience Ethan!

Daddy wanted a picture so I took it for him.

We followed the path and saw some other cyclist going the same way from Seoul to Busan . We followed them for a while and we experienced cycling in a group for a while! They stopped to check something while we continued to our destination, The rail car! We arrived at the station, where our certification center was. There were cats there too!

We fed them some of our food and from then on, we called the food “cat food”! We looked around and saw that the station was empty! The railway hotel that we wanted to go to was also closed. We were puzzled and daddy checked his Naver maps and saw that there was another station 2 km away. We cycled there and we got the railcar! It was incredible!

It was electric so it was fun and easy to ride too!

At the end of the section of the track was a turn table. There were also cool displays on the tunnels .

It was almost like driving a train !

We had so much fun and almost forgot the time! It was nearly lunch! Daddy hurried me on and I could not look at the old railcar (😢) and we went over for a bite at the café on the other side. We had a quick waffle and a coffee. We ended up not really eating lunch! We totally forgot about it. We cycled through the countryside and saw many farms with workers.

I did fall too, and I dented the helmet a bit. daddy managed to fix everything and even had some tape, but just temporary tape. We cycled to our campsite around 12km from my fall. It was very hilly just before it and had a steep switchback. As you know, when there is a steep hill, there is a nice slope. We zoomed down the slope and passed a restaurant where we realised that this is a town. We planed beforehand to go to the campsite and then we would go to eat. The town was very deserted though, and there were not many lights. It enlightened us when we found a family owned convenience store (CVS) and inside the CVS we bought spam and a Korean TV show inspired drink (Pororo) and the lady told us that the restaurant was closed. We then were left with only one choice; to cook our own dinner. We found a nice place to camp and it was on a wooden board that we liked. We pitched up the tent and I went to the toilet to check it out. Inside the toilet, it was the Japanese Type and I was overjoyed! I did a poo and then washed my butt and aired it with the child mode. I told daddy and he was happy too. We had dinner which was macoroni and cheese and it was a great dinner!We also had sausages. We had mustard to go with it too! We also used daddy’s spork. This was after we added the cheese…Daddy was hungry so he fried up more spam and ate it. I tried a bite too! We finished our simple but great dinner and we wrapped things up for today.

In the tent, we did a very special P2P and we had portable Holy Communion. It was my first time! I went to sleep thinking about that night’s Holy Communion…


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04 Ethan’s View*️⃣

We packed up our camping tent today , just like we would do in east coast park. Daddy rolled up the tent very nicely too! We passed the spa we saw yesterday’s and turned to the bike path which went through a farm. At a turn, We passed a small bridge. I really think there should have been a risk of bike falling off the cliff sign! We then felt tired and decided to take a stop at the nearby CU store(convenience store) . We had not-so-instant udon and a ‘green tea-coffee’ (daddy thought it was green tea but was actually coffee! We went back on the trail and went through the countryside area of Korea. After a morning cycle , we stopped at a town ,and we had lunch! Lunch was BBQ pork with carrots and onions in a nice sauce. We also had a type of soup which daddy gave me as an appetizer. I felt sleepy after lunch, so I lied on daddy and slept. When I woke up, daddy wanted us to go not to sleep but I was like:No daddy, I want to sleep… but daddy pushed me hard and I eventually woke up.

“No daddy, I want to sleep… but daddy pushed me hard and I eventually woke up . ”

  • We then went on a road and went uphill for a while. Then it was a descent. That seemed like a challenge but after the day I nearly forgot about it as there was a super steep hill (6km about 490m up) . We passed that and before the steep hill, daddy checked if this was the right way. We came upon the steep hill . We did not know beforehand that this was it. We. spent an hour on the hill , and I kept panting ok…ok…ok… and daddy was very encouraging. After the first hill, we had a very easy descent as we went down the first hill. Then , we came upon the second hill, were we did not stop to walk. It was 10% incline for 6km. We finally reached the rest area and we were super satisfied with ourselves. The elevation is shown below shown is what I climbed. The picture was taken from an app.We then had a easy descent and our maximum speed was 41 km/h ! That’s like a bus going at a medium speed.(bus simulator 2017 ) We cycled on as it was getting dark. In South Korea , it generally gets dark at 6p.m. and we spent a while on the incline. We checked out the spa first and enjoyed it. Inside, they placed the mats wrongly and it hurt a bit when you are on them so I thought about this…It was very kiasu but it worked! The spa was good and we totally forgot about the station . However, that would wait for tomorrow. After the spa , we met a nice lady who knew English and she told us what the restaurant sold we decided to have the beef because we had pork for lunch. To our dismay, the beef shop was closed . We then went to the 24hour shop which had pork stew. We ate the scrumptious pork stew and wrapped up our day. We now had one last task to do, find a motel. Because the spa was in a back road, we had to go through a motel parking lot , and I saw that motel was a decent one, we stayed there. The room was a bit old but nice and we had a goodnight’s sleep. We did our P2P and went to sleep. Daddy continued to be awake and he checked out our route to cycle.
  • what we did in our P2P today:we talked a lot about peer pressure and used the play-do that I had been carrying around. Ethan learned that he would soon be pressured to do things he may think is wrong and he needs to decide now what he will do when the time comes.

  • I decided to give daddy the Caring Daddy Award 🥇 as he as been so loving to me. He would even sacrifice his sleep time to plan our route tomorrow. I love you daddy!