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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

Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic

Seoul to Sapporo

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Douglas Percival

Bike Mechanic
Seoul to Sapporo

South Africa

Flinging spanners, clicking gears. Juggling bike spares & Humans Habits to create Bicycle Tours that function in crazy locations. See you guys at the next crazy location.

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Turkey

“Working outdoors is phenomenal.”

When TDA need local support for translations in Turkey in 2014, I entered the picture. Before TDA, I lived year-round there, in Izmir. Now I live on the road eight months of the year; the rest of the time I’m in Turkey, either applying for visas or rock-climbing.

Sometimes on a tour our failures are as incredible as our successes. Being defeated as my tour attempted to climb a new route on Koca Sarp, a rocky mountain in central Anatolia, is an experience I’ll always remember.

I’ve seen so much of the world with TDA. My favourite place I’ve been so far is Meteora, Greece. Probably the greatest pleasure of cycle-touring for me is never spending more than two days in a row in the same spot.

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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Support

Seoul to Sapporo

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Vilma Plesníková

Tour Support
Seoul to Sapporo

Slovakia

Hello everybody, my name is Vilma. I like going to the nature by bike or just for a walk whenever it is possible. Bottle of water, some snack, camera and good weather - what could be better :-) See you soon

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Plesník

Bike Mechanic
Seoul to Sapporo

Slovakia

Hi, my name is Peter Plesník and I work as a shop assistent and bicycle mechanic. I'll be your mechanic on this tour and I am looking forward to meeting you all :-)

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Adele Woodyard

Tour Support/ATD

Seoul to Sapporo

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Adele Woodyard

Tour Support/ATD
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Esen Küçüktütüncü

Content Creator

Seoul to Sapporo

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Esen Küçüktütüncü

Content Creator
Seoul to Sapporo

Turkey

Hey everyone, I'm Esen from Istanbul. I'm a documentary filmmaker who loves traveling and cycling, so TDA is a dream come true. So far I've done Trans Europa 2018 (Barcelona-Lisbon) and West Africa 2018. They both were unique experiences, having the chance to see places not only by main roads and attractions but through pathways across villages is I think the sole way to catch those unique moments. Being able to remember the old lady sitting in a panadería, carefully reading her newspaper as I stopped to grab some snacks in Tarragona (Spain) is a delight, as well as the little Senegalese children asking me if I wanted to join their game. There are many moments that we wish to remember, of course in tours like this there are tons. I hope the videos we make will help you remember them even after the tour ends. I'll you see you Asia!

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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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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico, India and Sri Lanka and most of Europe except those cold northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began with the Africa trip in 2012. Then the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016, 2017 The Odyssey. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, rugged/raw scenery and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. 2018 Pub Ride 2, a fun trip with lots of laughs and and great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. 2019 The Hippie Trail and best tour for diversity, contradiction, colour, food and, and, and excitement. I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world, indulging in a cold beer or two when it's hot, or cold but especially after a great day in the saddle. Just love the life on the road.

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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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Rhonda Aliah

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rhonda Aliah

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a veterinarian who loves adventure. I have always wanted to go on an extended bike ride and this tour seemed to fit the bill. I have ridden RAGBRAI and completed numerous long distance cycling events. I love to hike- trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro and in Nepal. I love eco travel and have used my profession to enable me to work around the world. I have three adult children who encourage me to explore,travel and in the words of Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise- "To boldly go where "I " have never been before".

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Nola Reynolds

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Nola Reynolds

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Just a girl on a bike, with a restless spirit and a severe case of wanderlust.

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Tomas Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tomas Gold

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Rider

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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Gizele Price

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gizele Price

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Live the questions now, perhaps then, someday, you will gradually, without noticing, live into the answer. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Ruth Grathwohl

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ruth Grathwohl

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Looking forward to participating in my 5th TDA ride 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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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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Laura Martin

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Laura Martin

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I'm a retired Forester and who enjoys getting outside and being active. I'm not a speedy cyclist but do try to finish the day. What better way to see a new country than from a cycle seat. This will be my second tour with TDA.

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Greg Field

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Greg Field

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Retired Electrical Engineer, living in Nanoose Bay, BC Longer cycle trips include across Canada (2008) & New Zealand (2011) Toured & hiked Chile & Argentina in 2014 Quito to Cusco leg of SA Epic 2015 Pub Ride in 2018

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Walter Luetolf

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Walter Luetolf

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Switzerland

Am a Swiss citizen, living already for 10 years now in South Africa, Somerset West (near Cape Town). As a retired person, I have anough time to enjoy my hobbyes which are MTB and road cycling and playing golf whenever I can. In 2012 I was participant in the Tour d'Afrique which was my most exciting journey. After 40 years in the saddle I have ridden almost everywhere but not in the Far East and not in South America.

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Hanns Fellenz

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Married 39 years, 4 children, 2 grandchildren. Retired CIO World traveler; 2 circumnavigations by air and train on 5 continents. TDA Epics x 2 (so far)

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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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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Netherlands

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Chris Wille

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Chris Wille

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

After an intense 30 Year career, and 4 Ironman Triathlons, whats a guy to do? While searching long distance bike tours way back in the early 2000's, the TDA site came up. Cycle across Africa- 12,000kms, 4.5 months- What? Thats nuts! However, the more i thought about it, the more intrigued i was. Wow- people- 'ordinary people-doing extraordinary things' actually participated in those rides, and lived to tell about it! They didn't get killed by lions or headhunters or...Fast forward to 2008 TDA and there we were,at the Pyramids, 60 strangers from 14 different countries about to have the ride/total experience of our lives. It was incredible, just like cycling through the pages of the National Geographic, every day for 4.5 months- i was hooked! The Tda was/is like a drug- the more trips you go on, the more you want to do. In Africa i met Michael Linke and the BEN (Bicycle empowerment network), inspired by the great things they were doing, started a chapter of Bicycles for Humanity here in Victoria as a way of giving back. To date we (B4H Victoria) have collected and shipped 11 container loads of bikes to 3 African countries- Two container loads each to Namibia & Uganda and 7 to Malawi ( 5000 bikes + spare parts to date and counting!) So fortunate and blessed to be able to give back... Since TDA 2008, I have been super lucky to have cycled the Orient Express, Silk Route, Trans Oceania, South American Epic, Trans Europa and (most of)- Bamboo road rides with TDA. Completed Trans Europa 2018. In 2015 my goal of cycling around the world was completed, albiet not all on TDA trips. I am extremely lucky, fortunate & grateful. The North American Epic ride marks the 7th of the TDA 7 Epics for me.Working hard to be the first client to complete all 7 Epics- It's been a fun ride so far... There is no greater way to see the world than from the seat of a bike, under human power. How blessed am I to be able to share the experience with so many incredible fellow riders, TDA staff, and all the amazing people you meet along the way!

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Jon Chandler

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jon Chandler

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I'm a mostly retired attorney/lobbyist, and Robin and I have done Cycle Oregon and Cycle Yellowstone several times as well as a wine tour in Burgundy. 2018 was our first ride with TDA - we did Pub Ride 2 and had a ball, so when this opportunity came along to tour a couple of countries we haven’t seen and to get together with a bunch of PR friends, we couldn’t pass it up!

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Robin Chandler

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Robin Chandler

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a recently retired physician and I am really looking forward to this trip! My husband and I have 4 grown children, 4 grandchildren, and have been married nearly 44 years. We have enjoyed Cycle Oregon several times, and Cycle Greater Yellowstone, cycling thru Burgundy, and had a blast on Pub Ride 2018. What a great experience this will be! . So exciting to see friends we made on Pub Ride signed up!

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Henry Gold

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Henry Gold

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

Founder, TDA Global Cycling

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Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

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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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Linda Wille

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Linda Wille

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Peter Earnshaw

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Earnshaw

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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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

Ok, time to saddle up again....TDA 2014 rider, a few other international shorter tours since then. Looking forward to India. See you all soon. cheers Chris -now signed up for Madagascar, as well. Looking forward to the lemurs and Yanez' cooking :)

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Jean Abbott

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Jean Abbott

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

United States

Hi all! My family and I love exploring by bike. We have enjoyed several TDA tours -- Orient Express, Hippie Trail in India, and most recently the Pub Craw 2 years ago. We have 2 adult kids: a son who is a photographer in Joshua Tree CA and a teacher daughter who lives with her husband and 17-year-old granddaughter here in Boulder near us. I'm not as addicted to biking as my quick-twitch husband, but I usually get where I want to go, even if it may be a bit slower than some of the rest of you. In my other life, I'm a doctor and "academic" type, retired a few years ago from Emergency Medicine. I'm currently more interested in bioethics, and work more doing clinical ethics and palliative care education. Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!

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Louise Sims

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Louise Sims

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Canada

I'm not a fast rider by any stretch, but I love to travel this way!

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Richard Russek

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Richard Russek

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Canada

I enjoy the slower pace of cycling that allows one to explore a country. And the opportunity to try new food. And the history. But not the sore bum.

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Rick Abbott

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rick Abbott

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Jean & I are both ER Docs, semi-retired. Our typical vacation for the past 40 years has been some sort of adventure travel, often cycling (Canada - BC, Alberta, Newfoundland; USA - transcontinental as well as less ambitious all over the US; UK end-to-end; Morocco; Vietnam - Saigon to Hanoi; Tasmania - working and cycling). We've done a bit of hiking and trekking - Kilimanjaro, Nepal. Sea Kayaking: BC - Vancouver Island, Nefoundland, Baja California Sur, Wales. And, some skiing in the backcountry both close to home in the western US, as well as in the Canadian Selkirks. I think once or twice we might have gone somewhere to just hang out on a beach, and I visited a city once a long time ago, but it's hard to remember. BTW, in the picture, I'm the one on the right.

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Özgür Karataş

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Turkey

“Working outdoors is phenomenal.”

When TDA need local support for translations in Turkey in 2014, I entered the picture. Before TDA, I lived year-round there, in Izmir. Now I live on the road eight months of the year; the rest of the time I’m in Turkey, either applying for visas or rock-climbing.

Sometimes on a tour our failures are as incredible as our successes. Being defeated as my tour attempted to climb a new route on Koca Sarp, a rocky mountain in central Anatolia, is an experience I’ll always remember.

I’ve seen so much of the world with TDA. My favourite place I’ve been so far is Meteora, Greece. Probably the greatest pleasure of cycle-touring for me is never spending more than two days in a row in the same spot.

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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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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico, India and Sri Lanka and most of Europe except those cold northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began with the Africa trip in 2012. Then the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016, 2017 The Odyssey. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, rugged/raw scenery and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. 2018 Pub Ride 2, a fun trip with lots of laughs and and great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. 2019 The Hippie Trail and best tour for diversity, contradiction, colour, food and, and, and excitement. I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world, indulging in a cold beer or two when it's hot, or cold but especially after a great day in the saddle. Just love the life on the road.

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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 2020


  • 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
  • APR 28 TO JUN 10
  • APR 28 TO MAY 5
  • MAY 9 TO MAY 23
  • MAY 26 TO JUN 10
  • USD 13900
  • USD 3150
  • USD 5900
  • USD 6300
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • APR 28 TO JUN 10
    • 13900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • Apr 28 - May 5
    • 3150 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 9 - May 23
    • 5900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • May 26 - Jun 10
    • 6300 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

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. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. 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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