Around Korea in 5 days- Day 3 Seoul서울 to Sachen

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Day three starts by leaving Seoul. Less than an hour later I am out of the city. Getting through Seoul was super easy. I start to relax now as I figure it is smooth sailing from now on. I was wrong. I am about to hit the most frustrating part of the trip. A little south of Seoul is Incheon home of Korea’s biggest airport. Incheon is part old city and a rapidly expanding. The signs are not that good. I make a couple bad turns. I then find a tourist information booth. I ask then where the highway is? They don’t know. After ten minutes of searching on the internet it ends up being the road that I am on. The road that the tourist info is on, this is the confusion that sums up this area. After that I am confronted with new roads, unfinished roads and more signs then I would ever want to see that ere blank.

Day three starts by leaving Seoul. Less than an hour later I am out of the city. Getting through Seoul was super easy. I start to relax now as I figure it is smooth sailing from now on. I was wrong. I am about to hit the most frustrating part of the trip. A little south of Seoul is Incheon home of Korea’s biggest airport. Incheon is part old city and a rapidly expanding. The signs are not that good. I make a couple bad turns. I then find a tourist information booth. I ask then where the highway is? They don’t know. After ten minutes of searching on the internet it ends up being the road that I am on. The road that the tourist info is on, this is the confusion that sums up this area. After that I am confronted with new roads, unfinished roads and more signs then I would ever want to see that ere blank. So many of the signs would only have the arrows on them, the rest was blank. I start to feel like I should buy a compass. I stop every 30 minutes to make sure I am heading south. I end up in a new development that is only a gray outline on my map. A few months later I saw a show the discovery channel that featured this area. It was a project by Korea to see how fast they could build a city. It worked as it was not even on my map. Most of the streets out of it were not finished. It was like coming to an end of movie set. Eventually I found my way out and slowly headed south. I was trying to head south but end up heading back inland. I Arrived in Suwon. I had never planned to go there but I had promised to do a radio interview about my trip around Korea. I needed to find a phone use. I ran across a YMCA. so I decided to try there. It was during the swine flu scare. So I had to have my temperature taken before I entered. I called the radio station and try to get a phone set up. The YMCA did not have any direct lines in so I was out of luck. I would have to the interview by cell phone which would not be as good quality for the interview. I found a quiet place in the community center and did the interview. Once I got back over the interview I got back to the task of trying to figure out my way down the west coast. I still had not eaten lunch so I stopped in a convenience store and grabbed a quick lunch. I showed the clerk my map and explained I was doing a motorcycle trip around Korea. People were always surprised by what I was doing. I ate outside. Once I finished I went back in to throw away my garbage. The clerk called me over and gave me a free bottle of a Korean sport drink. I was a nice gift and was great as it was a hot day. I finally started to make better progress down the coast. I ended up in Boryeong by dinner. It was my goal for the day. I had planned to spend the day night there, but know I was worried. I figured I should try and make some more ground. If I was going to finish my trio in the five days, so first I stopped for some bike maintenance. I then went to Pizza Hut for dinner. I was tired and just needed some carbs for the next day. I needed comfort food. I sat down and ordered. The manager came up and talked to me. I explained the trip I was doing. Then some of girls that worked there came to meet me. One girl I think thought I was famous or something. She got her friend to take a picture with me. She then gazed at me wide eyed the whole time I ate my lunch. It was bit distracting as I was trying to eat. Then when I left the whole staff of Pizza Hut came outside and said good bye, they were all waving enthusiastically as I rode off. I decided to further down the coast. I put in about 30km which ended up being a waste of time. The ride was tough as it was dark and the road was winding. My bike has terrible lights so I usually try to avoid night riding. I spent the night in a small town.




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