Friday, May 02, 2008

080502 - Ride to the Ridge

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Date: 080502-Friday
Starting Point: Iksan, South Korea
Riders: Greg - Hyosung 650 GTR, Older Greg - Honda 750 Magna
Terrain: Highway, secondary, soft pack, gravel
Curves: Good once in the mountains
Difficulty: 6/10

080502 - Ride to the Ridge

GPS Trip Data:
Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 1:44:23 2:12 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 0:55:43 1:10 pace
Distance (km) 47.41
Moving Speed (kph) 51.1 avg. 168.3 max.
Elevation Gain (m) +479 / -489

Having scouted the area previously, both on wheels and by satellite, I noticed a road that cut across the mountain ridge to the north east. Eager to see it first hand, Greg and I set off on the adventure. It's a slightly challenging one and a half hour round trip that begins in Iksan and takes you through a beautiful mountain pass to a lake. After the lake, the going gets rough and slow on the mountain ridge only because our bikes weren't designed to be ridden off road.

After taking in some great views at 200m above see level the ridge descends quickly back to sea level and reconnects with the main road. Highway 27 can be taken as a quick route back into Iksan city. I wouldn't ride that ridge section more than once on a sports bike (unless I was showing it to someone else), however, it would be ideal route for an enduro or a nature walk.

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