Friday, February 12, 2021

in Yangpyeong

I'm in Yangpyeong, chilling in my usual motel by the South Han River. Tomorrow morning, I'll check out around 8 a.m. and walk over to Yangpyeong Station to await the arrival of my buddy JW. Our plan is to walk about 30 kilometers (possibly 32, but I didn't tell JW that) from Yangpyeong to Yeoju, the next city over. It's a nice, scenic route with one nasty hill at about the 9000-step mark; most of the route is by the river, and we get to pass by two dams: the Ipo Dam and the Yeoju Dam. 

The weather forecast calls for perfect early-spring distance-walking weather: sunny and only barely cool, with almost no chance of rain. I decided not to bring my heavy winter coat along, and I suspect I'll be fine with just a thin windbreaker and a button-down short-sleeve shirt. 

On previous long walks, JW had ended up more tired than hungry, so I don't know whether we'll be eating dinner in Yeoju. Anyway, once we're there, we have the option of taking a bus or a train back to Seoul. 

It's going to be a full day of walking, but assuming we begin at 9 a.m. (JW often tends to be late, so nothing is guaranteed), we should, in theory, end the trek before sundown. In checking out my progress last year, I saw that I'd taken a whopping 10.6 hours to do the route. Because I'll be unencumbered this time, I project I'll be significantly faster. At an intuitive guess, I'd say we'll take about 8 hours if we include a few short rest breaks. That puts us in Yeoju around 5 p.m. We'll be back in Seoul a few hours after that. 

I might or might not take photos. My phone is still unable to upload pics to the blog, so I'm not all that motivated to take pics. Check out the Day 6 images over at Kevin's Walk 4 if you want a refresher on what tomorrow's route looks like. 


Daniel said...

Let the journey begin! Beautifully warm today. Hope the early spring weather continues tomorrow.

John Mac said...

Good luck with the hike! 30K + is beyond my imagination. My arm is still sore from patting myself on the back for achieving 30,000 steps yesterday. You are in a whole other universe!

Have fun, sorry there won't be photos. I forget, is that a camera issue or a blog issue?