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Journey to the East

Journey to the East

Cycle your way across two of the most dynamic countries of East Asia. From K-pop to Samurai to Sushi to Hot springs to Lonely mountain roads, an incredibly diverse range of experiences awaits!

RIDERS AND STAFF

John Hemmen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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John Hemmen

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have been an avid cyclist all my life and have done many tours on both road and mountain bikes. Cycling is simply the best way to travel through country, for it lends itself to a relaxed and visceral connection to the land and its people. I am a retired Emergency Physician and spend my time off the bike painting, reading, and traveling. I have done the Trans Europa, Odyssey, and Pub Ride tours previously and look forward to sharing the NAE with old riding buddies from previous tours.

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Anne Jarnagin

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Anne Jarnagin

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I love to cycle and experience the outdoors.

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Mike Jakeman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Mike Jakeman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Bike and travel.....it's a retirement thing.

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Christiane Selenz

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Christiane Selenz

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

This is my seventh tour with TdA. The first one was 2010 in the Eastern European countries which got me hooked to this kind of travelling. Now, I am curious to explore Korea and Japan from the saddle of my bike. So looking forward to meet old and new riders.

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

United States

I had a great time on Pub Ride in 2018 - I'm really looking forward to Japan! I'm a yoga instructor (power) who enjoys mountain biking in the warmer months and telemark skiing in the powder months. From Denver by way of Chicago, but live and work in Copenhagen.

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

In 2015, my husband Jürgen convinced me to cycle the Ruta Maya in Central America. It was my first TDA tour, which was tough but absolutely fantastic! The following year, I cycled part of the Trans-Oceania Tour - from Auckland to Queenstown. After that I cycled in Nepal, Sikkim and Myanmar. Wonderful! That's why I wanted to do a part of the Trans-Himalaya (the first 4 weeks). Absolutely fantastic! Now I am looking forward to cycling in Korea and Japan. And I'm also looking forward to meeting some friends on this tour and finding new ones!

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

This will be my 10th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden all or part of the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique, the Trans Oceania, the Odyssey, and the North American Epic . I retired five years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Bruce Lawson

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Bruce Lawson

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

Canada

Greeting. I'm Canadian, born & raised in Toronto. I lead a private charitable foundation in the area of career development and employment for young Canadians from coast to coast to coast; we also have a particular focus on working with Indigenous Peoples in Canada. Looking forward to reconnecting with friends from Pub Ride 2!

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Karin Lind Hansen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Karin Lind Hansen

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Denmark

I love travelling. I love biking. I love visiting new places. I have just completed my first trip with TDA and it just made me hungry for more trips.

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Holger Keller

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Holger Keller

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Germany

Working now for more than 30 years and need a rest

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Frieder Wolfart

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Frieder Wolfart

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Switzerland

After riding with TDA one and a half time the Silkroad, the Magical Madagaskar and the Himalaya Tour it's time for the next one to South Korea an Japan. For me Korea and Japan are totally unknown countries and it's time to change that. I am looking forward to meet some old friends again and to find some new ones.

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Chris Wille

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Chris Wille

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

"The very core of man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun" Chris McCandless Into the Wild Extremely happy and grateful to have participated in and cycled the equivalent of twice around the world on some 10+ incredible TDA trips, Coast to coast, all EFI, on 6 of the worlds 7 continents. First rider to have completed all & of the TDA 7 Epics. Special thanks to the TDA and their amazing, dedicated staff for making such trips,. and the quote above, possible- there is an incredible amount of work that goes into scouting, logistics, bookings, vehicles, staffing food, etc etc. Nobody does it better than the TDA, No one runs tours like they do on roads less travelled. It's a wonderful lifestyle, Eat, Sleep and Ride. Learning lots every day from wherever we are on the planet. " The world is my classroom, I am it's student and class is in session" Thanks also to the many wonderful, strong willed fellow riders who have helped shape each unique journey and make it special. From ages 25 to 78, you are all very inspiring and show us what is possible, proving that age is just a number. Thanks also to my dedicated and understanding wife Linda. Together we started a charity in 2008, Bicycles for Humanity Victoria. Since inception we have collected, shipped and donated over 5500 good used bikes and spare parts to 3 African countries, Namibia, Uganda and Malawi. Our work continues, always collecting good used bikes and spare parts for the next container load.. It's a great way to give back and every donated bike helps change a life for the better. Our efforts are ongoing.

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch Gender: Female Occupation: retired/dive instructor Passions:diving, biking, travelling the world and looking forward to another adventure

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Frank Wichlo

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Frank Wichlo

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I have done a couple of TDA trips and I plan to keep doing them as long as I am able, or the money runs out.

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Born and raised in Utrecht ,NLD and moved to Canada in my early 20s. Have been living in Banff Alberta since 1971 and also have a residence in Scottsdale AZ. Me and my partner Nancy have travelled the world on our bicycles for the last 25 years but unfortunately she passed away July 2019 at a relatively young age (59). I promised her to keep on traveling with my bicycle so here I am doing another trip. Looking forwards to make new friends and enjoying life to it’s fullest .

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Maggie Williamson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Maggie Williamson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Ever since reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry I've been intrigued by India; I can't imagine a better way to experience it than from the seat of a bicycle. I'm a casual cyclist who loves the challenge, peacefulness and simplicity of life on the road. Can't wait for the sights, sounds, smells and insane traffic of India!

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Peye Vlot

Rider

Seoul to Busan

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Peye Vlot

Rider
Seoul to Busan

Netherlands

Since 1990 living and working ( dental surgeon ) in Muscat ( Sultanate of Oman ).

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David. ODonnell.

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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David. ODonnell.

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

51 yrs old, from Manchester UK. Loved Bamboo Road so much thought I'd do another See you all soon. Cheers. David

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Linda Wille

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Linda Wille

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Mikhail Ryumshin

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Mikhail Ryumshin

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

United States

ISTJ, Road cycling enthusiast, Flow fanatic, Technology buff, Progressive trance music fan, Amateur minimalist, Russian

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Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Peter Earnshaw

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Earnshaw

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

I am retired and am making use of the freedom to visit far flung grandchildren and trek and cycle in Europe and Asia

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Tokyo to Sapporo

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Tokyo to Sapporo

Ireland

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Bernice Aebly

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Bernice Aebly

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

This is me having fun in Vermont. This will be my fifth time with TDA, Orient Express in 2018, Baja section of North American Tour, 2013; Australia 2104; and 2 month Silk Route in 2016. The draw for the Silk Route was going through Mongolia . This new tour in the Himalayas is an area that I have not travel to before. Looking forward to the experience and meeting up again with friends from past tours. Wow so excited, a space came available for Journey to the East 2, so here I go again. So many good friends to meet up with again and to enjoy Japan. See you all soon.

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Ruth Grathwohl

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ruth Grathwohl

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Love cycling and traveling with my husband Peter Ellis

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Peter Ellis

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Ellis

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Five TDA’s. All good.Looking forward to the fun ahead.

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Stacey Bailey

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stacey Bailey

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Walter Ott

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Walter Ott

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Switzerland

I am 70, live in Switzerland and work still 1 day a week when I am not cycling or in vacation. Besides cycling and biking I like hiking, jogging and skiing. I know TDA from the TdA-Madagascar tour in 2017. Now I look forward to the Journey to the East to get to know South Korea and Japan, their landscapes, culture, nature and towns/cities.

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GLORIA FU

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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GLORIA FU

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I signed up for Bamboo Road 2019 on a whim with zero training and having mostly ridden a peloton stationary bike. From there I caught the bug. 2020 has been a year of riding in the places I am. I’m looking forward to seeing folks from Bamboo Road and new people on Journey to the East. I’ve been to Japan a few times, but never South Korea and so excited to see this place on a bike.

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Robert Kazmerchek

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Robert Kazmerchek

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I need to travel somewhere on my bicycle and I’ve never been to Korea or Japan. I have a hunch that this trip is gonna fly. It can’t come soon enough!

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Dieter Erhard

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Dieter Erhard

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

hello fellow travelers after 35 years of working as a dentist I would like to meet new adventures and friends. That's why I have registered for this trip and hope that it will take place. It will be my first one at TDA, I don't think it will be the last one. I am experienced not only in bike saddle but also in horse saddle I have had a few cycling adventures the last few years, but nothing of this duration I am happy to be part of it

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David Ross

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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David Ross

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

I am 66 and semi retired. Have enjoyed bike trips on the great divide over a few years and this year in France and Spain.

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Krista Kelley

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Krista Kelley

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

United States

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France Guérer

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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France Guérer

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

My two friends Francine and Marie-Josée are riding with TDA for a coupe of years. It was always a wish for me to join them.... When this tour came into their mailboxes, they just told me "send your reservation fee right now".... Since I am a docile woman, I did it without knowing what was the itinerary. Thanks to Francine for giving me the opportunity to join her.... and moreover, my sister will be of the group too.... The four of us are doing many activities together. See you soon!

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

I am living and working in Singapore and want to see of much of Asia as possible whilst I am here. So I have booked to do Guilin to Singapore on the Bamboo Tour and now I have also signed up see something of Korea and Japan by bicycle too. I am still working and will have to carry on doing so on tour, but after being locked in Singapore for so many months, I am keen to get out and do as much as I can before the next crisis. I am married to Kim (originally from Malaysia - where I used to live) for the past 34 years and have two children, Albert & Victoria. I am still reasonably fit and will try to stay that way. Eventually I want to cycle the Silk Route, South America Epic and Tour d'Afrique itself - among others. Let's see...

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Catharine Daly

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Catharine Daly

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

After doing the Tour d'Afrique in 2014 I was hooked. I had to ride another. When the Journey to the East opened I knew that that was for me as I have never visited Korea or Japan....can't wait.

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Christopher Clyde

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Christopher Clyde

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Looking forward to cycling Korea and Japan, seeing a few old friends from TDA 2014, Hippy Trail 2019.

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Dan Kirby

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Dan Kirby

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Journey to the East will be my 4th TDA adventure, and I'm looking forward to seeing another part of the globe that I haven't yet visited. As always there will be riders who I have met on other rides, so a chance to catch up with them while making new acquaintances. See you in Seoul!

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I am 69 years old and have already participated in 8 TDA tours mainly as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (39, 24 and 22) and grandfather of three grandchildren. I am partly retired working now just 1 or 2 days a week which gives me plenty of time to travel. I have studied physics and have a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. I have been active in sports all my life and before I started doing cycling tours I have been active in Karate and participated in World Championships 1975 in Los Angeles and 1977 in Tokyo and became European Champion in 1977. You can find more information on my website.

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Michael Kennedy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michael Kennedy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

This is my 8th TDA tour starting with the first TDA I have also done the first Silk Route, Bamboo Road, South American Epic, Carnival Cycling Expedition and Trans Himalaya as well as the second India Adventure/Hippy trail. I have also cycled across the US twice, Europe, eastern Australia and South America as well as numerous shorter tours around America, Europe and North Africa.

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I'm a 76-year old mostly-retired engineer and test pilot. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement ended my running career. Korea-Japan will be our ninth TDA trip - we (Ursula and I) did Africa in 2008 and we keep coming back for more, most recently the inaugural Trans-Himalaya. Its our way of going where we've not been before with a good group of fellow riders and always well supported by TDA. We look forward riding with both old and new friends when we meet in Seoul after the one-year COVID delay... and we're hoping earnestly that that 2021 will be a GO.

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Ralph Monfort

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ralph Monfort

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am 68, retired in 2001, and have completed four other TDA tours and 20+ other foreign bike tours.

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Ursula Simpson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ursula Simpson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I am a retired database analyst. Enjoying life in Squamish, on Canada's West coast. Either hiking, biking or skiing, or entertaining my little grandson. My husband Rae and I are seasoned riders with TdA. Tour d’Afrique in 2008, Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013 and Australia in 2014. New Zealand in 2016. The Magical Madagascar tour in 2017. Hippie trail in 2019

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John Hemmen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Anne Jarnagin

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Seoul to Sapporo

Mike Jakeman

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Seoul to Sapporo

Anthony Rock

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Seoul to Sapporo

 

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Poland

I'm 62 and live in Poland, close to Warsaw. After being very active in business (running my own company) and taking care of my family and our horse ranch, having no time and no interests in doing anything else than work, now I have more time for me and my sports activities because my kids have taken over the most of my work and responsibilities. So, a few years ago, I started to bike. I have done a few MTB biking trips in the mountains of Portugal, Austria and Albania, and also a few trekking trips in Dolomites in Italy and a trekking in Fish River Canyon in Namibia. Now I have registred to a few trips with TDA and hope to hope to experience some exciting adventures on my bike.

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"Go! Go! Go! This was the most amazing traveling experience I've had to date! The tour structure allowed me to feel safe as part of a big group whilst it also gave me freedom to decide how to go about my ride each day. Knowing that I could stop as many times as I wanted to engage with locals or go to an art gallery in the middle of the way without affecting other riders was absolutely liberating!”

“TDA allows you to really experience the cultures of other countries. I love especially going places where tourists don’t go along with the usual tourist sites. You meet people that become friends for life. Awesome!”

"The 2,900-kilometre ride across South Korea and Japan will take you through modern cities and over lonely mountain roads, past temples and World Heritage Sites."

OVERVIEW JOURNEY TO THE EAST 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • LAND OF MORNING CALM
  • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
  • WILD JAPAN
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO BUSAN
  • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
  • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
  • MAY 1 TO JUN 13
  • MAY 1 TO MAY 8
  • MAY 12 TO MAY 26
  • MAY 29 TO JUN 13
  • USD 14900
  • USD 3800
  • USD 6775
  • USD 7200
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • MAY 1 TO JUN 13
    • 14900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • May 1 - May 8
    • 3800 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 12 - May 26
    • 6775 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • May 29 - Jun 13
    • 7200 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED

Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. This fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$250 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). Full tour riders, and sectional riders whose sections include Land of the Morning Calm and Land of the Rising Sun, must book and pay their own flight from Busan to Fukuoka.

TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

 

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