Bike Tour Fukuoka – Newbie’s First Tour Abroad

Bike Tour Fukuoka

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MA

Bike Tour Fukuoka: He’s aliveee!! After carrying backpacks to $20 generic panniers, breaking seat tube rear racks, replacing saddles, handlebars, and learning from experience and from other veteran bike tourists, my bike, “MA” finally looks like a real touring bike. This is right before I took off for Japan. Loaded the bike on the express bus and headed to Busan port.

It is so convenient in Korea to transport bicycles. On buses, you don’t need to disassemble anything except taking off the panniers for obvious reasons. You just load the bike in the cargo, and you’re done. I’m not sure if this puts stress on the the bottom bracket, which is my only concern, but so far it has held up in Korea through many hours in the speedy buses in Korea.

 

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Busan Gimbap

Busan Gimbap

Perfect for take out meals. There is a ferry that takes 3.5 hours to Fukuoka, but come to find out that there’s a separate ferry for people with bicycles, and it takes seven hours. And it departs early morning, so I would start my stealth camping in Korea.

Getting Busy

While looking for a camping spot, I cruised by a parking lot and heard some aggressive moaning noises, and sure enough, there was a couple getting busy in the backseat of a Kia Morning. The mini vehicle was noticeably shaking, and I was just shocked that they weren’t even in a secluded part of the parking lot, and there were quite of few people within the vicinity. And I swear the window was at least partly open. Talk about no shame in my game.

 

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First glimpse of Hakata port in Fukuoka, Japan.

 

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Daisuke

A Serious Cycle Tourist

This fellow named Daisuke was a cycle tourist on the same ferry as me. He was touring in Korea for a week and was impressed and is planning to go back. Korea is probably a very unknown cycling country for a lot of tourists but it has some of the best bike lanes in the world. At least that’s what I would assume.

He was a pretty serious tourist, he told me he toured in Africa for three months, enough said brother. He told me three words as he bought me a drink at the port we landed in, “Welcome to Japan.” I love it when people say this to me. His welcome and friendliness would only be the beginning in the land of Nihon.

 

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lady in a kimono

First lady in Kimono, and it wasn’t Halloween so I knew they wore these traditional clothing on typical days.

Notice the designated sidewalk that is on the same level as the regular street and it’s blocked off. These roads would be fine for the bicycles, but not the sidewalks that were raised. And perfection is the name of the game in Japan. Notice that the road is perfectly flat.

 

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Bike Tour Fukuoka

 

 

This is a guest blog post by Dae Choi
Monday September 30, 2013, 30 km (19 miles) – Total so far: 30 km (19 miles)

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