After a luxurious night of sleep, the bed here is the most comfortable we have slept in for a long time, it was breakfast time. Our breakfasts are included in the price here, they were served over the road in their other property, it was a nice “american” style cereal, toast, jam, tea, coffee, etc.
As it was only had a short day today we tried to delay our start but still managed to leave by half nine, not very good at stopping in bed.
We continued along the small beach road, no traffic and lovely sea views this continued for a while until there was an army checkpoint, we now know the route planner cannot distinguish between a public road and one through the middle of an Army Base!
We got up again around 12:30 am to walk out to Jalan Burma where the third and final day of Thaipusam has the silver chariot pulled by oxen due between 1:00 am and 2:00 am. There were the huge piles of coconuts still waiting by the roadside, the earshattering music being played, the food and water being given out from roadside booths, hundreds of people finely dressed all waiting.
Our room included a breakfast, mostly local food with toast and jam, we still managed a good portion and left feeling full, ready for cycling! But first a couple of bird pictures.
A kingfisher’s back
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.
After yesterday’s hills today flattened considerably (still a couple of ups though).