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Journey to the East 2

Journey to the East 2

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

Emily Currie

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Emily Currie

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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Yanez Novoa

Tour Support

Seoul to Sapporo

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Yanez Novoa

Tour Support
Seoul to Sapporo

South Africa

Exited to be part of the team.

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic

Seoul to Sapporo

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic
Seoul to Sapporo

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Samuel Roy

Tour Leader Trainee

Seoul to Sapporo

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Samuel Roy

Tour Leader Trainee
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Hi! I'm Sam from Canada. Very happy to be joining Journey To The East this year! This will be my second tour as staff with TDA after last year's amazing Tour d'Afrique. Looking forward to big climbs and good food in good company!;)

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Kata Kata

Translator

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Kata Kata

Translator
Nagasaki to Sapporo

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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 four 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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Michael Netzsch

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michael Netzsch

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I just finished the Transhimalaya. It was a great and enjoyable experience. I am sure that the Journey to the East will be just as well. I am looking forward to meeting you all in Seoul.

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Holger Keller

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Holger Keller

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Germany

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Catriona Kennedy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Catriona Kennedy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

Mike and I have cycled from Istanbul to Beijing, Shanghai to Singapore, through India, Cartagena to Santiago and Brazil with TDA and done numerous cycling tours through Europe and across America. This trip through Seoul and Japan sounds fantastic and we're really looking forward to it.

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I’ve loved Japan ever since I did Ironman Japan in 1994 and 1995 and had home-stays. So excited about going back. This will be my third TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016.

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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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David Freeman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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David Freeman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

I am a semi-retired lawyer living in Melbourne Australia. I have cycled all over the world including four tours with TDA but never in Japan. I am looking forward to the Viva Italia tour in September as the Itinerary is fantastic. The opportunity in 2020 to cycle from Seoul to Sapporo is too good to miss so that is locked in for next year!

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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 Baden Switzerland and work still 1 day a week in a consulting and research company in Zurich as a senior consultant and researcher (economist and electrical engineer) in the realms of energy, environment and sustainability policy. I am very interested in economics energy and climate policy as well as in social development, literature and movies. Besides cycling and biking I like hiking, jogging and skiing. I know TDA from my Madagascar TDA-tour in 2017 and look forward to the Journey to the East.

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Glendon Greedy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Glendon Greedy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Leah Jay

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Leah Jay

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Karen Mazurek

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Karen Mazurek

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I live in Alberta, Canada with my husband, Gordon. I am happiest outdoors hiking, biking, skiing or kayaking. I love travel and believe there is no better way to experience another place than on foot or on a bike. Completed the Pub Ride in 2018 and loved it. Looking forward to another TDA adventure.

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Gordon Mazurek

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gordon Mazurek

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Completed the Pub Ride in 2018. Enjoy cycling and looking forward to experiencing Korea and Japan and meeting new TDA friends.

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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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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Marie-Josée Vasseur

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Francine Plante

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Francine Plante

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ! On n’est pas à la plage...

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France Guérer

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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France Guérer

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Stephen Owen

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stephen Owen

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

Cycling since school age chasing buses to school, and now aged 53, I have stepped up cycling in the last 7 years with weekend rides and endurance 300/500km rides in 24hrs, wisdom/body is now telling me that multi day riding more fun... More recently cycled across Atlas mountains North Africa, Sri Lanka and recently TDA Madagascar in May 2019. The East2 full trip will be exciting range of landscapes and such a complex history and culture. It always brings a smile to my face once I've sat down with coffee in hand and consider how lucky I am.

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Peter Dilks

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Dilks

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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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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Lyne Guérer

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Lyne Guérer

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Richard Schingler

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Richard Schingler

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

love to travel and see the world from the seat of a bicycle. This will be my fourth tour with TDA.

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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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Henry Gold

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Henry Gold

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

Canada

Founder, TDA Global Cycling

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Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Tokyo to Sapporo

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Rider

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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Bonnie Blundon

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Bonnie Blundon

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I have been retired for 3 years. My husband and I have previously biked from Vancouver to Inuvik, and from Vancouver to St. john’s NL. The tour across Canada was self supported. We have also biked from Lands End to John O’Groats, Juneau to Anchorage and last summer joined the North American Epic from Banff to Yuma. My other passion is x country skiing. I am thrilled to be part of this adventure.

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Doug Winter

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Doug Winter

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Retired, so now life is filled with XC Skiing, Canoeing and Cycling Cycle tours have included Vancouver to St John's, Vancouver to Inuvik, End to End in the UK , and some of the NAE (2019)

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Dan Kirby

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Dan Kirby

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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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 75-year old semi-retired test pilot, still flying jets and instructing part-time at International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement ended to 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 - great way to see places we've not been before, always a good group of fellow riders, always well supported. To fellow participants in Journey to the East, we look forward to meeting you and to exploring what is new territory for us, and we're forward to again riding with old friends from previous TDA trips.

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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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Emily Currie

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Emily Currie

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

South Africa

“‘Happiness is only real when shared’: I think this counts for a whole spectrum of experiences and emotions—pain, hardship, excitement, joy, for instance—and explains why sharing an adventure or journey with a group makes it so very real!”

Who would have thought that growing up on a farm and a career in rural healthcare would prepare me for a job like my job at TDA? I always had the desire to travel and even though I thought working here would be too good to actually come true when I sent in my job application, here I am, six tours and 28 countries later. I’ve learned more about the world and myself then I ever expected.

With so many incredible memories—and so much food shared, so many friends made along the way—it will take me years to process everything I’ve experienced courtesy of TDA. Highlights of my travels so far include finishing the North American Epic (NAE) in Mexico City on the Day of the Dead, cycling Central Asia’s Pamir Highway, Abdul’s pilaf in the parking lot, Colombia, pan con chicharron, Patagonia, a massive thunder storm in Zambia, Hami melon, Madagascar, Samarkand, walnut and honey spread on fresh bread and topped with whipped yak cream, eaten in a warm yurt… and the list goes on! It’s amazing to realize that everything I experience with TDA will have an impact on my life long after these adventures are over.

One adventure I don’t expect to have again is the one I had in Mexico, when we discovered Hurricane Patricia was heading right straight at us. Monitoring the storm’s progress through the night—from stage 4 to stage 5—seemed so unreal. By 5:00 a.m., CNN was calling Patricia the strongest hurricane ever measured on planet earth. A few hours later, we loaded all bikes, riders, kit and crew onto an extra van and bus … and took off, tails between our legs, because Patricia was shaping up to be a beast! By nightfall we were safe and sound in the heart of tequila country, and, as Patricia lost most of her fury at landfall, the party at our lodgings ramped up.

There are so many wonderful aspects to working with TDA but key amongst them are travelling with purpose, meeting people from all over—and the food!

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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 four 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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Michael Netzsch

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michael Netzsch

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I just finished the Transhimalaya. It was a great and enjoyable experience. I am sure that the Journey to the East will be just as well. I am looking forward to meeting you all in Seoul.

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Holger Keller

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Holger Keller

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Germany

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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 2 2020


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST 2
  • 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 13900
  • USD 3150
  • USD 5900
  • USD 6300
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • FULLY BOOKED
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST 2
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • MAY 1 TO JUN 13
    • 13900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • May 1 - May 8
    • 3150 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 12 - May 26
    • 5900 USD
    • FULLY BOOKED
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • May 29 - Jun 13
    • 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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