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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 have done the Trans Europa and Odyssey tours previously and look forward to sharing the Pub Ride with my wife, Anne, and old riding buddies from previous tours.

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Anne Jarnagin

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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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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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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 and most of Europe except the northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began on the Africa trip in 2012. Completed the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016 with a great team of people and my best trip ever was the new 2017 Odyssey - Athens to Amsterdam. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, the scenery in many places so raw and rugged and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. This year I completed Pub Ride 2...a fun trip with lots of laughs and some great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. Looking forward to the Hippie Trail...the colourful saris and Indian food smells... I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world. Looking forward to 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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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Denmark

India 2011, Rome 2012, South Asia 2013, Indonesia+Australia 2014, South America 2015, Madagascar 2017 - now it's finally time for Africa although only Marocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Looking forward to test my present abilities surviving another expedition - hope for a little help from my friends of whom there seem to be quite some on this very challenging tour. Looking forward to meet you guys again.. For the people I still have not met: Danish, living in St. Anton, Austria, 64 years of age.. More of a skier than a cyclist..

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Tim Padmore

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tim Padmore

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I am a slightly rusty veteran of three TDA full tours (and of life in general I suppose). Ronda and I will tear ourselves away from three toddler grandchildren and our Gastown condo for a month on a fine new road with a few old friends and more friends to be.

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Ronda Green

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ronda Green

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Hi, I am Ronda, one half of Mr. and Ms. 'Slow', Tim being the other half but we totally enjoy watching the world go by at a manageable pace. I have been a potter for forty years. Traveling to different countries gives me an intimate connection with the local culture. Pre-Columbian pottery of South America is amazing, detailing the life style and skill of the indigenous people before the Spanish invasion. Tim and I have traveled with TDA on four of the original excursion. I liken the experience to being a kid at camp: all of the adventure and fun with little of the work or management. Perfect, if we could just find someone to pitch the tents

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Jane Geis

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Jane Geis

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

United Kingdom

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Tim Sole

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tim Sole

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

Married to Judy. Both rode LEJOG in 2014, TDA Bamboo Road in 2015, the first third of TDA Trans-Europa in 2016 and TDA Odyssey in 2017. Have booked the TDA Pub Ride in 2018 and the TDA North American Epic for 2019. I don't think of myself as a cyclist - a better description would be a travel cyclist. I expect to retire in the next two years. My other main hobbies are recreational maths and writing. We live near Wellington, New Zealand.

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Judy Sole

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Judy Sole

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

Married to Tim Sole, who is also on the tour. This will be my fourth TDA trip having previously done the Bamboo Road, part of the Transeuropa and The Odyssey. Greatly enjoyed cycling LEJOG (Lands End to John O' Groats) and the South Island of New Zealand.

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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 42 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! We have never been to Asia but we have been wanting to go, what a great way to see these 2 countries. So exciting to see friends we made on Pub Ride signed up!

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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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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

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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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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 sixth 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 anxious to explore the outback and what Australia has to offer from the saddle of my bike instead of behind the wheel of a car. 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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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Ruth Grathwohl

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Ruth Grathwohl

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Looking forward to participating in my 4th TDA ride

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Peter Ellis

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Ellis

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Orient,Europa,Odyssey and now a Pub Ride. All good and looking forward to the fun and comradrie.

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

United States

This is my first trip with TDA and I'm excited! I'm a yoga instructor (heated power) who enjoys mountain biking in the warmer months and telemark skiing in the powder months. From Chicago, but live in Denver.

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Nathan Williams

Rider

Seoul to Busan

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Nathan Williams

Rider
Seoul to Busan

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Brigitte Oelert

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

Last year I cycled the Ruta Maya in Central America. It was my first TDA tour, which was hard, but absolutely fantastic! Now I'm looking forward to cycle in New Zealand.

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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

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Marco Panebianco

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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 in the saddle I have ridden almost everywhere but not in the Far East and not in South America.

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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 5th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail and the Trans Oceania. I retired two 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. Cycling in Asia should be a unique experience, and I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Morris Scott

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Morris Scott

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a 60 year old guy looking to get out of my comfort zone and connect with like minded people.

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Seoul to Sapporo

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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 38 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. This trip will be part of a 6 month leave of absence from work starting in March ... I hesitate to call it a sabbatical, because that would imply I'll be I'll be doing something professionally oriented. I'm anticipating this trip will be a great personal challenge, and provides me with a fitness goal while I'm off work. Looking forward to it!

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Diederik Branger

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Diederik Branger

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Netherlands

Dutchman in the East

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Simon Boyd

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Simon Boyd

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Ireland

I haven't done a big cycle tour for around 30 years and and have not done much cycling at all in that time. I have plenty of bikes though! I have always struggled with my weight and now that I have got a lot of my excess fat off, I decided it was time to motivate myself towards getting to my final goal....looking forward to the beer!

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Jean Abbott

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jean Abbott

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Hi all! My family and I love exploring by bike. We really enjoyed the Orient Express a couple of years ago with TDA, and India last year! Ready for something tamer this year. We have 2 adult kids and one 15-year-old granddaughter, who lives next door -- awesome! Our son Nate and his girlfriend Courtney are joining this trip too -- even though we might not Pub-crawl as much as they will. 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 trying to learn how to slow down, retired a few years ago from Emergency Medicine. I'm currently more interested in bioethics, and work more doing clinical ethics (as part of our US dysfunctional healthcare system) these days. Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!

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John Waterhouse

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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John Waterhouse

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

This will be my seventh TDA tour. Obviously, I am an addict. Why do I enjoy it enough to keep coming back? The people, the sights, sounds and smells of distant lands, the food, the physical challenge and the comradery of touring.

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Juergen Willrodt

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I am 68 years old and have already participated in 7 TDA tours as a sectional rider. I am married and happy father of three girls (38, 23 and 21) and grandfather of three grandchildren. I am partly retired working now 50% so I have enough time to travel. I have studied physics and have a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. I have also been active in Karate and participated in World Championships and European Championships and have been European Champion in 1977. You can find more information on my website.

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Louise Sims

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Louise Sims

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I'm a 74-year old semi-retired test pilot, fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, aircraft accident investigator, still flying jets and instructing part-time at the International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement brought an end to my running career. Along with Ursula, my wife, our TDA initiation was Africa in 2008. Since then we've done Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013, Australia in 2014, New Zealand in 2016, and Madagascar in 2017. We're now signed up for Hippie Trail and Himalayas in 2019 and Korea-Japan in 2020. We love this way of seeing the world; we love the way that TDA organizes and supports the trips; and we love experiencing with like-minded people and renewing friendships from previous trips.

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Richard Russek

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Richard Russek

Rider
Seoul 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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Tom Catanese

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Tom Catanese

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

WOW, ANOTHER TDA TOUR SO FORTUNATE AND PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS GROUP. CHOICES DETERMINE OUTCOMES.. MY CHOICE IS TO STAY AS ACTIVE IN LIFE AS POSSIBLE. SHARE MY EXPERIENCES WITH OTHERS. ENERGIZING MY GOALS AS I SEE THIS AMAZING WORLD ON TWO WHEELS. PAPA

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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.

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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 have done the Trans Europa and Odyssey tours previously and look forward to sharing the Pub Ride with my wife, Anne, and 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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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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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 and most of Europe except the northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began on the Africa trip in 2012. Completed the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016 with a great team of people and my best trip ever was the new 2017 Odyssey - Athens to Amsterdam. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, the scenery in many places so raw and rugged and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. This year I completed Pub Ride 2...a fun trip with lots of laughs and some great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. Looking forward to the Hippie Trail...the colourful saris and Indian food smells... I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world. Looking forward to 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

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Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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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!”

“This adventure was the most remarkable experience of my life.”

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 25 TO JUN 7
  • APR 25 TO MAY 3
  • MAY 6 TO MAY 20
  • MAY 23 TO JUN 7
  • USD 13900
  • USD 3550
  • USD 5900
  • USD 6300
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • APR 25 TO JUN 7
    • 13900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • Apr 25 - May 3
    • 3550 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 6 - May 20
    • 5900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • May 23 - Jun 7
    • 6300 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED

Prices based on double occupancy at 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). Depending on 2020 Busan - Fukuoka Ferry Schedule, full tour riders and sectional riders whose sections include Land of the Morning Calm and Land of the Rising Sun, will take the ferry from Busan to Fukuoka, after which TDA provides bus transport to Nagasaki. If ferry is not possible, above mentioned riders will need to 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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