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Journey to the East 2024

Journey to the East 2024

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

Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Brazil

There are many things I love about my job, but my favorite is to dive deep in the route to learn all about its features, profile, geographical and historical facts, and to reunite with the team and riders to explore the journey together. All of us are very privileged to be able to explore the world at the pace of a bicycle; to really be present and see, feel, hear and smell all the environments we are cycling through. I love to keep the riders focused on their journey, motivating them to see the magic and the beauty of what we have the opportunity to be doing. I like to be the bridge to their experience, helping them face the challenges and persevere.

I currently live in Belgium. I have been traveling through all hidden corners of the American continent and Europe for the last 10 years where I learnt about its history and culture. I'm a certified nature and history guide in Mexico, specialized in Mayan History. I'm also a technical cave diver and worked with cave exploration in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, where I lived for 9 years. Here I developed skills in safety and risk management, which is one of my favorite aspects of the job as a tour leader: to be able to foresee hazards and plan ways to mitigate them.

Cycling is my favorite thing to do, so in 2017 I did a solo self supported bike trip for 4 months from Mexico to Brazil. This was when I decided to change the course of my career from guiding nature and cave diving tours to working with cycling tour companies, realizing I could transfer my skills in safety and risk assessment from cave diving into leading cycling tours/expeditions.

My tip for cyclists joining our tours is to trully allow yourself to be out of your comfort zone and to enjoy being there. Traveling by bike is physically challenging, but having a strong, open and adventurous mind is what you need to take the most out of it. Learn to appreciate the differences. To think as a group and to be realistic about what crossing a country - or a few of them - by bicycle implies. It's a unique and a massive achievement for everyone involved in it, don't forget that! Have fun, and smile always.

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Christopher Thompson

Assistant Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Christopher Thompson

Assistant Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Malcolm Juring

Bike Mechanic

Seoul to Sapporo

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Malcolm Juring

Bike Mechanic
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

What I love most about being a Tour Leader is traveling the world, riding bikes, and meeting new and interesting people on every trip. What more could you ask for?

I started working at bike shops and as a bike courier while at university. The income from these jobs allowed me to plan my own cycling trips during school breaks. Following university, I spent two years working with an aid organization in Guinea, where I was surprised to see a TDA tour passing through rural West Africa. Several years and one pandemic later, I found myself guiding bike tours around the US, dreaming about even greater adventures.

One of my most memorable experiences from a TDA tour was in Tuktoyaktuk at the start of the North American Epic. I went for a swim in the Arctic Ocean and I remember thinking "Would I ever have this chance again?" But when I waded into the water, I realized something wasn't right: the water wasn't cold. It felt like a heated pool and it ended up being an unpleasant swim. My mind was occupied with what I had read about rising sea temperatures while every inch of my skin above water was attacked by mosquitoes. But I remember the visceral feeling of "so, this is what the Arctic Ocean really is."

My advice for anyone planning to join a TDA tour is to read a book, fiction or nonfiction, set in your tour's destination. Also, try learning a few phrases in the local language, and don't forget your towel!

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Colleen Gordon

Assistant Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Colleen Gordon

Assistant Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

South Africa

I just love Africa. I love introducing Africa to people that have never been here or have never done anything like this. You can just see their eyes open, and all of their prejudices drop as they ride through it. The bike is just such an amazing way to do it, I’ve done tours in the past where the passengers are in the vehicle with me, and it’s just not the same. [On a TDA tour] you stop at coke stops all the time, and are constantly interacting with your environment. You often rely on locals for something like water, that interaction is absolutely essential to the tours. In the end, it’s one giant road trip with people that become your family. I love camping. You get addicted to the camping lifestyle, to see the sunrise and sunset everyday. You’re in the mix, you’re hearing the hyena’s and the owls. The amount of times I’ve had elephants come through our campsites in Africa, it’s magic.

I have been leading tours in Africa for over a decade, but I started at TDA as a chef. I love shopping at local markets in Africa, the interactions with the mama’s, and just buying everything they’re selling in bulk.

I love the behind the scenes moments. Everything it takes to keep the show on the road. Trucks getting stuck, and us having to try and pull vehicles out with help from the locals and their tractors. I remember another time on the North American epic, on the Arctic section, we had such a hard time trying to source water, that we sent up the drone to find the local water tank in a little First Nations village. It’s stuff like that that I love, the behind-the-scenes challenges. I like the spontaneity, the natural chaos of Africa.

[As a tip for future participants of our expedition tours], get comfortable with all your camping gear. Set up your tent first, maybe even sleep in it for a night or two in your apartment. Test your mattress, take it up and down a couple of times, because you’ll be doing that a lot. People don’t always realise this. You’ll be coming into camp after a long ride, and having to set your tent up and then tearing it down again in the middle of the night, just day after day after day, it’s relentless. So packing well and being comfortable with your set-up is absolutely essential in my opinion.

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Felice de Schutter

Tour Leader Trainee

Seoul to Sapporo

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Felice de Schutter

Tour Leader Trainee
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

Hitchhiking through Argentina and Chile 6 years ago first inspired me to travel by bike. Meeting so many long-distance cyclists and listening to their stories I just couldn't help it but buy a bike for my own adventures. And once you start travelling by bike, you can never go back. The freedom it gives you, not having to wait for a bus but just hop on the bike, the perfect pace at which you move through the environment, fast enough to cover some distance, but slow enough to see everything, interacting with the locals whenever you like, occasionally stopping for delicious local meals, and in the evening, finding the most beautiful campspot for setting up the tent, it's unique. Not to forget just feeling good moving in the fresh air all day. Since I fell in love with bikepacking, I spend a couple of months every year on self-supported bikepacking trips. The Alps, Eastern Europe, Dolomites, Italy, and most recently I spent 6 months cycling all the way through Mexico from North to South. Before I started working with TDA, I guided MTB tours crossing the Alps, and, combining my degree in Psychology with my passion for the outdoors, I took troubled kids for month-long hiking trips through the German forests. I am convinced that being outside in nature, especially in combination with sports is the best way to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Being confronted with and testing and overcoming your own limits each day inevitably leads you to become stronger. Share this experience with a like-minded, adventurous community like you meet with TDA, and the positive outcomes double. I'm super excited for this next trip and curious to meet everyone! Hasta luego!

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Coby Werlin

Content Creator
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

Cycling, photographing, video-ing, and traveling -- what could be better?! I cherish the adventures that TDA has taken me on over the last few years, and am so thrilled to tell the stories of these rides. If you've been on a ride with myself or another content creator, you know that we need your help in telling these stories as a means to capture the essence of the ride, and as a memento for you to look back on. You may see me riding passenger in the support vehicle to shoot some cool videos tracking riders down the road, or popping out of the bushes to snap a candid shot, or (at times) riding alongside you. And, as always, I'll periodically ask some of you for short interviews to hear your thoughts on all of the good, bad and amazing aspects of the ride. See you on the road!

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joanna Jaworska

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Poland

I'm 66 and live in Warsaw, Poland. Until a few yours ago I've been very active in business (running my own company and our horse ranch). Then my kids took the duties over from me and now I have more time for me and my sports activities. A few years ago I started to bike. I have done a few MTB biking trips in the mountains of Portugal, Austria and Albania. Within the last 3 years I’ve been bike touring in Norway, Scotland, Spain and Corsica. 2022 I participated in the New Zealand sections of TransOceania and recently in the full tour of Journey to the East - it’s been great!

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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THOMAS GIBSON

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

United States

I'm mostly a mountain biker, but enjoy long distance road biking. Living in the mountains of Colorado.

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Max D

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Max D

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Just a guy who loves biking in nature, not fast, with plenty of stops for food and photos. Currently working as an engineering consultant in California with my own company, giving me some flexibility for longer vacation trips. Before 2022, I'd mostly gone on DIY 1-week bike tours, so I was apprehensive about being able to handle longer trips... but I joined the first month of the 2022 Bamboo Road (Vietnam and Cambodia), and the full Journey to the East in 2023 and had a great time on both. I'm considering joining the 2025 Madagascar, half of the 2025 Silk Route, or The Odyssey 2026.

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

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Leah Jay

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Leah Jay

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Glen Greedy

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Glen Greedy

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Bruce Lawson

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Bruce Lawson

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

Greeting. I'm Canadian, born & raised in Toronto. Until recently, I led 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. I have participated on Pub Ride and Journey to the East ... looking forward to cycling on the Elephant Highway!

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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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Miriam Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Miriam Gold

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have been on a number of TDA bicycling trips, and I am really looking forward to going on the Journey to the East. We had originally been signed up for that trip for April, 2020, but you all know how that ended! I have been to both S. Korea and Japan, more than 25 years ago. I am interested to see how things have changed. Looking forward to biking with everyone.

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Jonathan Atkins

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Jonathan Atkins

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

I am engineer from Toronto-always keen to travel and be active. Skiing, sailing and cycling & golf in no particular order would be top of the list. I loved the Hippe trail trip a few years ago and I'm looking forward to my next trip in 2023

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Melissa Morse

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Melissa Morse

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have settled in Houston, Texas after living overseas for most of my adult life. Originally from suburban New Jersey, I headed to the Rocky Mountains for college and stayed a while to enjoy all the healthy living. I enjoy traveling on a bicycle; it provides more opportunity to interact with people, to smell the aromas and feel the elements, and it's a great way to burn enough calories to enjoy the flavors along the way. I have been on some long rides across the USA, Europe, and Asia, but have been less active during the past two years of COVID restrictions, so I am challenging myself to get back into shape with this Journey to the East ride as my reward. On, on!

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Elizabeth Feit

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Currently based in Florida USA, and enjoying the road biking here . The winds are our hills...I am always up for a distance riding, and the Korea/Japan tour with TDA looks like the perfect challenge...

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Paul Holbrook

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Paul Holbrook

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

Retired last year and celebrated by cycling Coast to Coast across America with 3 friends. This will be my first TDA trip and am very much looking forward to exploring more of Japan which I visited many times on business but unfortunately didn't see much of the country apart from Tokyo. Excited about meeting and riding with you all.

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jackie Silverberg

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I’m a retired high school teacher . Im very fit and love riding my bike . I have done a few vehicle supported trips . I have ridden in Patagonia , the Atlas Mountains , Rwanda and Uganda , Laos, Thailand ,and Borneo .Road Egypt and Sudan., southern US and Transoceania with TDA

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Lee Taylor

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Lee Taylor

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am retired in Tucson, Arizona, in theprocessofmovingtoThailand, and have been a bicycle tourist for the last 25 years or so. I road bike, mountain bike, and try to get in a tour each year. I have toured South America, Vietnam, Singapore to Thailand, Japan. At home rode the Great Divide Trail and Northern Tier among others. Normally I tour with friends self supported. The last five years I have done four supported tours. Did the last section of the North American Epic in December 2019, Tour de Europa, Slovenia to Barcelona, NAE, Puerto Vallarta to Nicaragua, and Journey to the East

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Heather Sia

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Heather Sia

This will be my first TDA tour but I am really looking forward to the challenge. I love cycling and have lived in Japan previously, so this seemed a perfect match!

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Michel Bee

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michel Bee

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, hiker. I am retired in Bend, Oregon, where there are many opportunities for outdoor activities.

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John Benoit

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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John Benoit

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

A traveler, a wanderer, a seeker of new vistas and experiences. Having retired from an international career, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to live, travel, and cycle in in many fabulous off-the-beaten path locations across Africa and Asia. Reviewing my cycling ‘been’ map there is a huge blank spot across the whole continent of South America. Having throughly enjoyed the Bamboo Road and the Journey to the East with TDA, the SAE is perfect next challenge in my cycling life. I’m so looking forward to taking on this challenge, meeting new friends and making new memories with old friends. ¡Arriba! ¡Vamos!

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Andrew Freeman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Andrew Freeman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Switzerland

This will be my first visit to Asia--can't wait--and second TDA tour; rode Viva Italia 2022 (was great).

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Bob Kieckhefer

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

United States

Geophysicist, cyclist, swimmer. I currently live in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where there are plenty of hills to climb. I rode Cairo to Cape Town in 2018/19/20/23 and several other TdA tours. I look forward to exploring Morocco!

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David Jones

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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David Jones

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Canada

My wife and I are so excited to experience Japan with the TDA Team.

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Mimi Jones

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Mimi Jones

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

South Africa

I am South African but live most of the year in Ontario, Canada. I love riding my mountain bike and do adventures such as TDA offers and 7 years ago I met the love of my life on the last leg of the Td'A East Africa. I've always been fascinated by Japan and am very excited for this next adventure with (now my husband) David, TDA and the fellow riders.

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Nicholas Beardow

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

I have completed three TDA tours and loved all of them. Although I travelled extensively in South America, I have never cycled there, so this will be another new adventure. I live and work in Singapore.

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Michael Marugg

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michael Marugg

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Switzerland

I am a retired lawyer living in the Zurich area when I'm not on a short or long distance bike tour.

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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

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

United States

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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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Bob Peltzer

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Bob Peltzer

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I am a 71 year old, avid 4 season cyclist who loves cycle touring. Retiring in 2014 I rediscovered my love of bicycling and have since done two cross continent tours, one across the USA and one across Australia and with TdA in 2021 on their Trans Europa. From my home near Eganville, Ontario, Canada I have some great cycling routes as well as some challenging hills to keep me in shape. There are also numerous bush trails and tracks that allow me to mountain bike with my dog, Rascal. When touring, I enjoy writing a daily blog at idoitoutdoors.com for friends and family to follow while I am on the road. I am a decent bicycle mechanic and general fixer of things.

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Paul Forster

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Paul Forster

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

Australia

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Peter Glasson

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Glasson

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

I have cycled, run, and tramped all my life. My first long ride was riding the length of New Zealand years ago self supported but raising money for CPR training equipment for the NZ Red Cross. Later I cycled from Vancouver to Calgary over those beautiful magnificent Rockies. I have mountain biked off road across Spain on the Via de la Plata. Also across Europe from the Atlantic to Belgrade on the EV6. Last year (2018), the moment I retired (!), I cycled 3,200 kms right around France (Vive la France! Wow!) . In 2019 I cycled with TDA from Tuktoyaktuk to Puerto Vallarta. I completed the Baja California and Central America cycle tor in 2022 and am looking forward to teh Journey to the East.

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Neil Casson

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Neil Casson

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

United Kingdom

A Brit "by passport" but with strong nomadic tendencies having spent the last 40 years overseas (Europe, SE Asia, Middle East, North & South America). A committed cyclist for the last 20 years and a TDA Alumnus, having completed the Bamboo Road in 2022 and Journey to the East in 2023.

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Canada

It was great riding with TDA on the Hippie Trail and after touring Japan (without a bike) in 2017 I knew I wanted to come back and see this unique country and Korea the right way. Looking forward to a very special experience.

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Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

Joanna Jaworska

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

THOMAS GIBSON

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

Max D

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

 

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Samuel Roy

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Samuel Roy

Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I see bike touring as an opportunity to slow down and bring yourself back to the essential things in life. Food, water, shelter, love, connection, space in your heart, space in your mind, movement, exploration. I believe that travelling by bike is the best way to discover our beautiful planet because of the pace of travel. It's fast enough to cover ground and cross continents, as we do with TDA, but it's slow enough to be able to truly soak in the destination you're in and everything that comes with it. The vulnerability of being alone on a bike, dressed up in bright lycra in the middle of nowhere makes you approachable and sparks curiousness and interest in the locals you meet on the road. As a tour leader with TDA, I am grateful to have the opportunity to facilitate these experiences, moments and connections.

I'm originally from Montreal in Canada where I studied business and tourism, but I have recently moved to Barcelona where cycling is unreal, even over the winter months. For the past few years, my career has been a collection of different projects and opportunities such as working as a TV host back home in Quebec, guiding with TDA and other outdoors companies as well as running my own vanlife conversion business. I've always loved getting around on two wheels, for some years, my focus was to go as fast as I could while I raced Ironman triathlons as a semi-pro. Nowadays, I still enjoy riding my bike, but a little slower, and looking around much more.

My best memory on tour is without a doubt when both my parents joined the 2019 Tour d'Afrique as riders to cycle the last two sections of the tour, from Vic Falls to Cape Town. It was such a precious privilege to be on sweep duty and get to ride with both of them through the namibian dunes.

As a tip for future participants, I think the best mindset to come onto a tour with is one of gratitude. We are all so privileged, both staff and riders, to be on these trips that being grateful for this life we get to live is an attitude we must cultivate.

See you on the road!

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Michael Coo

Office Support

Seoul to Busan

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Michael Coo

Office Support
Seoul to Busan

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Carolina Ceravolo

Assistant Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Carolina Ceravolo

Assistant Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Brazil

There are many things I love about my job, but my favorite is to dive deep in the route to learn all about its features, profile, geographical and historical facts, and to reunite with the team and riders to explore the journey together. All of us are very privileged to be able to explore the world at the pace of a bicycle; to really be present and see, feel, hear and smell all the environments we are cycling through. I love to keep the riders focused on their journey, motivating them to see the magic and the beauty of what we have the opportunity to be doing. I like to be the bridge to their experience, helping them face the challenges and persevere.

I currently live in Belgium. I have been traveling through all hidden corners of the American continent and Europe for the last 10 years where I learnt about its history and culture. I'm a certified nature and history guide in Mexico, specialized in Mayan History. I'm also a technical cave diver and worked with cave exploration in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, where I lived for 9 years. Here I developed skills in safety and risk management, which is one of my favorite aspects of the job as a tour leader: to be able to foresee hazards and plan ways to mitigate them.

Cycling is my favorite thing to do, so in 2017 I did a solo self supported bike trip for 4 months from Mexico to Brazil. This was when I decided to change the course of my career from guiding nature and cave diving tours to working with cycling tour companies, realizing I could transfer my skills in safety and risk assessment from cave diving into leading cycling tours/expeditions.

My tip for cyclists joining our tours is to trully allow yourself to be out of your comfort zone and to enjoy being there. Traveling by bike is physically challenging, but having a strong, open and adventurous mind is what you need to take the most out of it. Learn to appreciate the differences. To think as a group and to be realistic about what crossing a country - or a few of them - by bicycle implies. It's a unique and a massive achievement for everyone involved in it, don't forget that! Have fun, and smile always.

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Nirmika A

Assistant Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Nirmika A

Assistant Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

India

Haven't realized how time has passed since I became a part of the TDA fam. 6 years later and few trips down, still have lots to explore. Glad to be a part of JTTE - and eager to meet all you fantastic people!

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Michaela Pye

Assistant Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

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Michaela Pye

Assistant Tour Leader
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Newfoundlander who migrated to the mountains of Northern British Columbia. Over the past decade I've had lots of excellent times on my bike- across South America, Eastern Canada, and many bikepacking trips in the great northern part of Canada/Alaska! In the winters I work as a Ski Guide!

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator

Seoul to Sapporo

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Mats Fredrix

Content Creator
Seoul to Sapporo

Belgium

I remember the first time I had tears of joy running down my cheeks on a descent, and screaming every syllable of 'Paradise by the Dashboard Lights' to endure the pains of a full day in the headwind. This might just be one of mine, but you'll experience plenty, beautifully weird 'joys of riding' of your own, and when those happen, I'm your man. To tell your story, your adventure. Or you might just want a cool looking picture of you and some mountains. See you out there, Rouleurs. Live Slow, Ride Fast.

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Jordan Montroy

Bike Mechanic

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jordan Montroy

Bike Mechanic
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

Hey, I’m Jordan, from Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. I’ve always had a love for bikes, all types old and new and also love fixing them especially old classics (despite them sometimes being a nightmare). Looking forward to meeting you all and having a great time on the tour.

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Mitch Long

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Mitch Long

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a retired emergency physician living in Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho. My wife and I have two kids, and after dropping our youngest off at college, we moved here so that we could have easy access to skiing, biking (both road and mountain), and hiking. My first taste of bike touring was when I joined a college buddy for just four days of his several month ride that went the length of the Mississippi River. I truly enjoyed the comaraderie and the travel. Seeing the countryside change fast enough to feel you were seeing new sights, but slowly enough to enjoy them seems the ideal way to explore; really looking forward to this first bike tour overseas on the Far East Tour.

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Lizz Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Lizz Hale

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Avid cyclist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. This will be my third trip with TDA.

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Kelley Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Kelley Hale

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Cyclist, photographer, goofball from Santa Fe New Mexico. Looking forward to my third trip with TDA.

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bo fagergren

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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bo fagergren

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Sweden

Borned -56. Swedish. Love family, wife and son. Love bicycles and cycling. Some says that I'm very social. Think I have quite easy to connect to other people.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am a retired public health nurse and live in Juneau, Alaska. I’ve done several TDA tours with my husband Neil.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Looking forward to slowly making my way across Europe (2023) and Korea and Japan (2024) with a fabulous group of people.

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Simon Lanyon

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Simon Lanyon

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Have done 2 previous TDA rides and looking forward to this journey, and to meeting the other riders. I'm 67, retired revegetation contractor, and live in Queensland Australia. My wife Janice will also be riding on this trip.

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Janice Lanyon

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Janice Lanyon

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

Cycling tours are such a great way to travel and to meet and make friends. I am looking forward to the challenge of riding with TDA again.

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Joseph Lee

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joseph Lee

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I love to travel, and bicycle touring is my preferred way to see the world. This will be my first tour since Covid cancelled many plans. I’ve enjoyed 4 full TDA tours: Indian Adventure, Ruta Maya, Pub Ride, West Africa en Vélo. I’m excited to see Korea and more of Japan than Tokyo. I have travelled lots, but my list of places to visit never gets any shorter. I became a teacher, mainly because of the holidays, and I am now semi-retired, doing occasional teaching in between travels. Looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones. Now I need to get cycling again!

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Rob Wright

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Rob Wright

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

Canada

Having heard so many good things about TdA trips from Joe, Simon, Janice and Caroline - Nancy, Lisanne, Rob D. and I couldn't resist and are looking forward to sharing new adventures on our first TdA cycle, and meeting new friends.

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Nancy Wright

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Nancy Wright

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

Canada

I am exciting to be travelling and cycling Japan. My husband, Rob, and I enjoy travelling by bike.. We look forward to riding with friends and making new friendships.

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Frank Wichlo

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Frank Wichlo

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I have done 5 TDA trips and I plan to keep doing them as long as I am able, or the money runs out.

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

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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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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jeanine Hartnett

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

This will be my fifth TDA trip. I retired from a banking career in New York in 2016. I’ve done many other long distance cycling trips, including across the US in 2017.

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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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Michael Netzsch

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Michael Netzsch

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Germany

I am happy that I can join another tour with TDA.

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Eric Wolinsky

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Eric Wolinsky

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I love bicycle touring and I've been looking forward to this trip for a while.

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Cindy Pittman

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Cindy Pittman

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I'm from Calgary, Alberta and love riding my bike! I've been a *bit* obsessed with TDA since 2011 when an acquaintance completed tour d'Afrique - one day I will to. I loved the Hippie Trail trip that I completed with TDA in 2017! I look forward to meeting everyone and getting on the road!

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edward sokol

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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edward sokol

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

retired, single worked 44 years in retail business, owned it for 30 years like cycling, hiking

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Didier Muller

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Didier Muller

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

Soon retiring from corporate life , i enjoy riding almost daily and i am looking forward to enjoy traveling with my bike. ...Born in France , US Citizen and a Brazilian resident for a few years

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Clement Lam

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Clement Lam

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

This is my Sixth time cyclo-touring with TDA. The other five times were portions of Orient Express (Vienna to Istanbul, 2007), Silk Road (Shanghai to Dushanbe, 2012), North American Epic (Anchorage to Fort St. John, 2015), Oh Canada (Winnipeg to Quebec City, 2017) and North American Epic (Tuktoyaktuk to Whitehorse) 2019. I enjoy travelling and cycling very much so TDA tours are perfect match. I look forward to meeting like-minded friends on this trip.

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Ada Sans

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Ada Sans

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Netherlands

Together with my husband herman I did several tours through Europe. Last year we did together cross America. It was a new experience for us cycling lonely roads . But we had a very nice group and looking back we are homesick of making such a tour. Because my husband has his 65 years birthday a diside to give him this present. We hope to see a lot of nice nature and animals. Off course we also looking forward to meet the group and have lots of fun together.

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Herman Sans

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Herman Sans

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Netherlands

A busy year. Fist we want to do the South Korea Japan tour and later this year italia. As long we feel strong enough to do this kind of tours we want to do this. It is very nice to see the world from your bike .

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Margit Donhowe

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Margit Donhowe

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

United States

I live in Ketchum, Idaho and I love to be outdoors. I ski, bike, hike, backpack, canoe and paddle board. I am also an avid reader and traveler.

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G. Michael Keltos

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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G. Michael Keltos

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

Aloha, Greetings from O'ahu. I am a retired educator/economic development consultant who has truly enjoyed riding around these beautiful islands over the last 35 years. I am currently a member of the Hawai'i Bicycling League and the Tradewinds Cycling Team to stay active and to socialize with fellow riders. Although I have traveled to several cities in Japan and briefly to South Korea, I look forward to seeing them, and others, from a whole new perspective on a bike while making new friends and seeing some fellow cyclists from my past three TDA tours: the Orient Express trip (Paris - Istanbul) in 2022 and two trips last year, the 2023 Trans-Europa (Tallinn - Gibraltar) tour. and the 2023 Golden Buddha (Ho Chi Minh City - Bangkok) tour. While living and working in Hawaii's diverse and multi-cultural communities for over 3 decades, I am somewhat acquainted with the various cuisines and cultural practices of the countries we'll be visiting. Moreover, I look forward to deepening my understanding and appreciation of the local cultures we'll be experiencing along the way. My previous three TDA tours were great, so I am back for more adventure with them. Mahalo Nui Loa,

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Robert Stavros

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Robert Stavros

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I live in San Diego, Southern California USA and in Edinburgh, Scotland UK. I love to bicycle, hike, walk and garden. I was a Computer Scientist and an Engineer.

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Kristen Mueller

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Kristen Mueller

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United Kingdom

I am based in London but originally from the west coast of the US. I am really looking forward to the views, meeting lots of new people, and sampling all the local food and wine. I can also promise to always say yes to finding some gelato :-)

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Linda Reid

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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Linda Reid

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

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William Reid

Rider

Tokyo to Sapporo

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William Reid

Rider
Tokyo to Sapporo

United States

Linda's husband. Old Sailor Woodworker

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Lisanne Hill

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Lisanne Hill

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

Canada

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Rob Dowler

Rider

Nagasaki to Tokyo

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Rob Dowler

Rider
Nagasaki to Tokyo

Canada

I'm a semi-retired 66 year old from Toronto who spends winters teaching and riding on Zwift while dreaming of travel in far-off places. Since retiring, my partner Lisanne and I have enjoyed backpacking on the Great Divide and John Muir Trails, canoeing, trekking the 3 Passes in Nepal, hiking and climbing in Scotland, Norway and Switzerland. We look forward to hanging out with TDA riders on the Nagasaki to Tokyo section while soaking up the culture and scenery of this fascinating place.

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Jane Bloodworth

Rider

Seoul to Tokyo

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Jane Bloodworth

Rider
Seoul to Tokyo

Australia

I live in Melbourne. I love cycling long distances with the assistance of TDA.

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Christina Palassio

Rider

Seoul to Busan

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Christina Palassio

Rider
Seoul to Busan

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Rachel Farr

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rachel Farr

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Per Sörner

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Per Sörner

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Sweden

Freelance engineer, musician and reality hacker from the Swedish west coast. Currently on an indefinite sabbatical to explore life more fully. I find expedition cycling a good way to practice living in the present, enjoy the "simple" downsized life, see the world, fill up with new impressions and stretch the edge of my comfort zone. Previous TdA experience: Hong Kong to Bangkok (Bamboo Road premiere 2013), Bali to Alice Springs (Trans-Oceania premiere 2014), Quito to Cusco (SAE 2015), Ulan Bator to Gorno-Altaysk (Silk Route 2016), Freetown to Cape Coast (West Africa en Vélo premiere 2018) and Kashmir to Kathmandu (Trans Himalaya premiere 2019). Now preparing for Journey to the East (2024).

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Samuel Roy

Tour Leader

Seoul to Sapporo

Mitch Long

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Lizz Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Kelley Hale

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Volker Sydow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Volker Sydow

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Germany

I am a German national living in the UK, having done most of my cycling in France. So, about time to expand my horizon and discovering the Far East. Looking forward to seeing you all.

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Judith Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Judith Gold

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I am a casual cyclist, but I have been planning this trip for 20 years, ever since the first TDA ride. Finally, kids grown, retired, post COVID, and after riding half of the Great American Road Trip in 2021, and the full Bamboo Road in 2022, I feel ready to take this on (but not that ready). I am married to Gonzalo Pastor, who is also coming, and even less of a cyclist than me. So together with the sweep, we will be the last coming in, but hopefully always with a smile.

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Gonzalo Pastor

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gonzalo Pastor

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Peru

Hi. I am a Peruvian economist. I am 65 years old. I am not a regular rider, but I like the experience when I do it.

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Stephen Timms

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stephen Timms

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Seoul to Sapporo

Denmark

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Roger Hesford

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Roger Hesford

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Brian Rodgers

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Brian Rodgers

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I'm more of a general adventurer than a hard core bicycle enthusiast even though I've ridden TDA's Tour d'Afrique, Orient Express, Silk Route, Hippie Trail and half of the Trans-Europa from Tallinn to Venice. It's been life changing. Thanks Henry and staff!

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Stephane Lancereau

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Stephane Lancereau

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

France

………………. but …..……….., also ………………!

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Kelly McNamara

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Kelly McNamara

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I have found riding a bike a great way to travel and see the world. There is no barrier between you and the environment, you see all the small things and of course you feel and smell everything. Tda has been my favorite company as the tours are longer and more independent.. It's addicting to fall into the day to day rhythm and routines. I just finished up the Viva Italia with my friend Chris Dean; whom I met on The Odyssey. I'm looking forward to the next big adventure on Trans-Europe.

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Gerry van der weyden

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Gerry van der weyden

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Bicycle touring is the one thing I can't seem to get enough of. I'm looking forward to another tour with TDA.

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LENORE LEWIS

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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LENORE LEWIS

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

Hi there I am a retired accountant from Montreal who took up cycling about 14 years ago. An Adventure Cycling Association trip in Utah was my first introduction to cycle touring and since then, I have had many adventures on bike exploring places near and far. After completing ACA’s leadership training course, my husband and I designed and led a couple of tours of our own. In 2019 we were fortunate to have completed TDA’s epic Tour d'Afrique prior to the travel coming to an abrupt halt. With life returning to something near normal we are looking forward to seeing more of the world once more on two wheels.

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Amy Jenkins

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Amy Jenkins

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am so excited to join this ride! I have ridden in Italy, Spain, Croatia, Vietnam , Cambodia and across America. This is sure to be the coolest location yet! I am married and have 2 adult children, their spouses and a 6 year old grandson, all of whom are the light of my life! In addition to biking, I love everything outdoors including snow and water skiing and teach adaptive snow and waterskiing as well. Because I am retired, I spend my time volunteering for Hospice, for an adaptive sports program and at our local hospital with our therapy dog Mollie. Life is grand and I look forward to this wonderful adventure with all of you!

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Barry Smith

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Barry Smith

I love to jump on my bicycle and explore different places, meet people, and experience new things. When not cycling, I'm generally planning our next adventure and dreaming of all the places we’ll visit next. We (myself and Penny Carmichael) look forward to getting to know everyone on this most excellent adventure!

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Penny Carmichael

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Penny Carmichael

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Todd Lloyd

Rider

Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Todd Lloyd

Rider
Nagasaki to Sapporo

Canada

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Chris Dean

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Chris Dean

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

I have just completed the Viva Italia tour this year and am keen to come back and have another European adventure.

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Becky Lewis

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Becky Lewis

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I live in Steamboat Springs, CO. I do lots of outside activities in this mountain town, including hiking, gravel and road biking, alpine skiing, x-country skiing, snow shoeing, landscaping, cooking/baking, and probably more I can't think of right now. I do a lot of volunteer work. I'm single and retired.

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Jane Tagney

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Jane Tagney

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Australia

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Chris Coggans

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Chris Coggans

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

I think cycling is the perfect speed of travel. I have done several 1-week cycling trips, but nothing this long or with such consistent mileage each day, and so I’ll need to train for this. But what a great way to see these countries!

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IAN BLOOMFIELD

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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IAN BLOOMFIELD

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Joseph Louchheim

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Joseph Louchheim

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I’ve been an avid cyclist for most of my life and enjoy adventure, new experiences and pushing my limits. The tour d’Afrique checks all those boxes. Having recently sold my business, packed my kids up for college, and gotten a big thumbs up from my wife, how could I say no! I am eager to explore Africa. And in my experience, there is no better way to really get to know the nooks and crannies of a place and its people then at ground level on a bike. When not out cycling, I work as a Paramedic for my local fire department and spend much of my free time in my cabinet shop building furniture.

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Luke Louchheim

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Luke Louchheim

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Hodges

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peter Hodges

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

Kiwi who enjoys getting out and exploring. (tda veteran)

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Catherine Hodges

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Catherine Hodges

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

I love adventure in all its forms. I'm stoked to have another cycling trip to look forward to!

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Brigitte Seum

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Brigitte Seum

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Denise Couillard

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Denise Couillard

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Robert Couillard

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Robert Couillard

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

Canada

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Xufeng(Gail) Cascketta

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Xufeng(Gail) Cascketta

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I am retired, and love to explore the world by cycling. Have done some self-supported tours. This will be my fourth cycling tour with TDA.

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Dean Andrews

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Dean Andrews

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

72 year old Australasian. Born NZ now reside on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Likes - open spaces, natural wonders, cycling, golf, rugby union and watching sport in general, meeting new and interesting people, a good laugh, good food Looking forward to meeting you all and the challenge

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jose andrews

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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jose andrews

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

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Vince Moores

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Vince Moores

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

New Zealand

I'm a semi retired entrepreneur, now running a Luxury Lodge in Te Arai, north of Auckland, New Zealand. I completed the TDA Tour D'Afrique 7 years ago and am looking forward to experiencing Easter Europe and getting back into cycle touring.

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Nagasaki to Sapporo

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Nagasaki to Sapporo

Ireland

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Volker Sydow

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Judith Gold

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Gonzalo Pastor

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

Stephen Timms

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Seoul to Sapporo

 

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Seoul to Sapporo

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Seoul to Sapporo

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Golden Buddha will be my 5th ride with TDA.

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Peggy Schrieber

Rider

Seoul to Sapporo

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Peggy Schrieber

Rider
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!”

"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 2024


  • 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 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO MAY 14
  • MAY 18 TO JUN 1
  • JUN 4 TO JUN 19
  • USD 17900
  • USD 4700
  • USD 8500
  • USD 9000
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • FULL TOUR
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
    • 17900 USD
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SECTION 1
    • LAND OF MORNING CALM
    • SEOUL TO BUSAN
    • May 7 - May 14
    • 4700 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • LAND OF THE RISING SUN
    • NAGASAKI TO TOKYO
    • May 18 - Jun 1
    • 8500 USD
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SECTION 3
    • WILD JAPAN
    • TOKYO TO SAPPORO
    • Jun 4 - Jun 19
    • 9000 USD
    • WAITLIST OPEN

ALL DEPARTURES


  • 2024
  • 2025
  • 2026
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • MAY 7 TO JUN 19
  • USD 17900
  • USD 18600
  • WAITLIST OPEN
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • 2024
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • 17900 USD
    • WAITLIST OPEN
  • 2025
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • 18600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • 2026
    • JOURNEY TO THE EAST
    • SEOUL TO SAPPORO
    • May 7 - Jun 19
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. 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. 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.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. 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. Registration 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. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

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.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$300 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). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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