The last day was about 75 kms and conditions were fabulous , fine and clear air after the rain of yesterday . The trail was also easy with no real hills left to punish us as we spun out the remaing kms . Had some long sections of boardwalk type trail , built presumably at considerable cost , out over the water . A few kms !!
As we got closer to Busan we started to see many cyclists again on the trail , bit like the busy first day out of Seoul . Found a nice spot for a nice lunch and possibly the best coffee I’ve had all trip .
We had to cycle up to the last dam of the river , cross the dam and get our very last stamp in our passports , then visit the nearby certification office to get the books validated and stamped inside with special gold embossed emblems . We are also going to get special medals for completing the ” cross country ride ” . The paper work took a while but all completed so they will be mailed to us all in nz.
Final dam to cross to finish at the official start / end point
We retraced back along the trail about 7 kms and then made a bold thrust into the bustling metropolis that is Busan . We plan to abandon all our bike kit here for the next week or so while we make a mad dash across the ditch to Japan . By chance , Korea have a major holiday week that starts this weekend , and things become difficult as accomodation is going to be hard to find.
Had a wonderful celebratory dinner out with Carl and Rose in a particularly vibrant and colourful restaurant area close to our motel .
To Barbara I said , ” you are now an accomplished cycle tourist ” !! She rides well and is so much stronger and more confident as a cyclist now .
All up we paddled and rode bikes for something over 2700 kms. Time for a we rest now .