As we had to be at the port by 5.00 pm to put our bicycles in a container (the ship leaves at 9.00 pm) we had a whole day to relax. So we shopped a little, I replaced a pair of socks which had just worn out and all of a sudden the day had gone.
After our supplied by guesthouse breakfast of cereal, toast and eggs we had a walk to the International Ferry Terminal. This is around a mile from the guesthouse.
We just kind of bumbled around the guesthouse before cycling 5 km to the port to catch the only ferry today at 5.00 pm. This took nearly 5 hours to get into Mokpo, so at 10.00 pm we went looking for somewhere to stop for the night. First stop was the same motel we used on the way over and by 11.00 pm we were settled with a very nice pizza and even watched Groundhog Day with Korean subtitles.
Today just to rest from cycling what could we do but go walking.
Mount Hallasan is another UNESCO natural world heritage site, it is classed as an active volcano (to be active a volcano must have erupted in the last 10,000 years, Hallasan erupted 5,000 years ago in 1007). It is the highest point in South Korea, the top is 1947 metres above sea level (or 6388 feet). More information
Our cunning plan paid off, getting to Jeju City yesterday in the dry rather than cycling today as it poured with rain early on, light rain most of the day and heavy thunderstorms around 4.00 pm.
Our hotel even did a breakfast, Korean style kimchi etc plus toast, cereal and eggs. We stuffed ourselves in preparation for the day ahead (now being an expert on kimchi we can say that the kimchi served here was not so good). Information break ….. on average a Korean eats 18 kg of Kimchi a year.
After yesterday’s hills today flattened considerably (still a couple of ups though).
After a large porridge breakfast we left the lovely accommodation, immediately stopping to photograph storks and what should appear but a pod of dolphins very close to the shore. We watched them for a while before moving on.
Goodbye Jeju City R&T Hotel, a decidedly average hotel. To start with we headed down to the harbour and picked up the cycle path, well to begin with it was more like some cycle signs painted on to the pavement not at all like we were used to.
We had to be on our way by 7.30 am this morning, there was a short cycle to the ferry building, well to find the ferry building first then buy the tickets.