Last Saturday I wanted to climb the highest peak, Mt Birobong 1,439, in Sobaeksan National Park. However, I choose the wrong park entrance and I had to settle for Mt Yeonhwabong (1,383 m) instead. Feeling like I had some unfinished business I got up extra early yesterday and headed back to Sobaeksan to make amends. I started walking on the 6.5 km trail up the Cheondong Valley (the most direct route up Mt Birobong) at 8am and was surprised to reach the top 2 hours later (my Lonely Planet guide stated it would take 3 hrs for a fit person to reach the top). I didn't feel I was walking that quickly?
Anyway, here are a few pictures.....
But definitely the most challenging part of the day was when a foot rest on my motorbike snapped off (see below) while riding over a bump about 10km from the start of the track.
Luckily, I could use the passenger foot rest but that meant I was not straddling the bike evenly as its located towards the rear of the bike. Hence, my balance was a little screwed making cornering at pace difficult and I also couldn't use the rear wheel break in a hurry if I needed it. So my trip back to Andong was a lot slower than usual and I certainly got a few funny looks from motorists passing by.