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Gotjawal course allows hikers to take in the best of Jeju's nature[Jeju's Trails] Day 22 of a 1,200 km journey recording Jeju's hiking trails, oreum (volcanic cones) and Olle courses
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승인 2011.09.30  13:39:31
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▲ Photos by Steve Oberhauser

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The Journey
These are the top 23 sites in sequential order for Day 22: Jeoji Oreum, peak - Jeoji Oreum, backside, crossroads - Jeoji Oreum, opposite base - Jeoji Community Center, Olle Course No. 13 finish / Olle Course No. 14 start - Olle Course No. 14-1 start - big tree rest area, Olle reference point - concrete path, Olle reference point - Mundoji Oreum, base - Mundoji Oreum, peak - Mundoji Oreum, base opposite - Gotjawal entrance, Olle reference point - Gotjawal exit, Olle reference point - O’Sulloc green tea fields, point 1 - O’Sulloc green tea fields, point 2 - Olle reference point - Olle reference point - Olle reference point - Gotjawal exit, Olle reference point - water and tree rest area, Olle reference point - Inhyadong - Jeju Culture & Ecology Experience Village, Olle Course No. 14-1 finish - Sanyang-ri - Jeoji Community Center, Olle Course No. 13 finish / Olle Course No. 14 start



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Spent
roadside stand -- 9,000
mart -- 5,000
mart -- 1,500
Total -- 15,500 won

Consumed

1.5 liters Pocari Sweat, 2 “toast” sandwiches, 10 odeng on a stick, 1 bag potato chips, 1 Vitamin C tablet, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 22
Course No. 13. I find most of the Olle courses long on short bursts of excitement, and in reverse, short on long bursts of excitement. This goes for Course No. 13. True, the Nakcheon chair collection and Jeoji Oreum were the heavy hitting sights to see for this segment. However, that consumes about 20 percent of actual trail time. The other 80 percent is understanding the boredom of the long road. Rather monotonous. It’s hard for 20 percent to be so great as to affect that other 80 percent.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Course No. 14-1. This is where things change. Knowing the trails ahead, this is the lone competition for Seogwipo’s Course No. 6 for Olle’s top billing for an individual course. These two routes are premium for what Jeju’s trails can offer to anyone, man or woman, old or young, Korean or international hiker. I feel parts of No. 14-1 are the only substantial stretches on the whole network of trails around Jeju to be considered genuine nature. Course No. 8 is possible, but there’s also a power plant next to it, lurking in the shadows at all times. Having gone this far, I feel Jeju, minus the national park, has been almost completely developed out either into farm, residential, commercial, or military use. No real nature aside from Gotjawal is here. Hence, No. 14-1 is the first and last chance to see Jeju’s environmental display. And, even then, for small kilometer stretches. One more note, no English signage is necessary around Gotjawal. Nature needs no English.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Let’s pray to the ganse god.
This is the last time I will mention this. I want to know if many people are committing a similar crime, or one person is (or few people are) doing the similar crimes with a different modus operandi concerning the ganse (the image of the Jeju pony). I will excuse broken ankles or a neck. Accidents happen and those are repairable. But first witnessing the ganse splattered in a few pieces and then second, decapitation; now third and how sickening, complete and utter grotesque ganse mutilation at the base of Mundoji Oreum? The only form of respect to be paid for that last ganse? It needs to be taken away in a body bag and, for sure, given closed-coffin treatment at the funeral. The ganse god, with prayers, needs to protect all its children from this day forward.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Best Olle sign 1. “Caution! Please keep door closed. When you meet horses and cattle don’t scream or run. And don’t pet or feed them.” Obviously, if the sign is saying don’t do these things, there were people in the past who were doing just that. It is possible, some Korean hikers have never seen horses or cows before. Another “sign” this is the most natural course on Jeju.

Best Olle sign 2. “Caution! Mobile phones would not work in this area. Keep eyes on the route signs carefully.” I wonder how many Korean hikers do not proceed because they cannot have access to their cell phone for a few minutes?

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Mundoji Oreum. Even though there is a tower at the top and cows and horses are able to roam free within its bounds, Mundoji is OK despite these other uses. The best part is on the opposite side, there are small runs where the trail goes through lush fern cover. All foliage is dense on the opposite side, as well.

O’Sulloc green tea fields.
About halfway through Course No. 14-1, a hiker is greeted by the space just off the O’Sulloc green tea fields, next to the museum, gift shop and tea room complex. Not until crossing the street and walking around, is it apparent how much room the fields occupy. I was taken aback. My first visit. Very popular with tourists and tour buses. They do well.

Add another 8 kms. At the end of the offshoot trail, No. 14-1, there is an eight-kilometer walk on road 1136 to get back to where Course No. 14 starts. Two interesting things happened. First, a few minutes into my extra time, a woman set a fire next to the road. And then threw in a heap of old, garden farm hoses. With the smell of that material burning, certainly one can notice that is not good for the environment. Second, an old man in a Bongo truck stopped by the side of the road, and the young girl passenger asked me if I wanted a ride. I refused, since I’m strictly walking the Olle portion of this thru-hike. Ferries are OK, as is transportation from one point directly back to the point of origin. Kind actions. That may be one of a handful of times I have ever been offered a ride on the side of a road in Jeju.

Music pick-me-up. It happens infrequently; however, when I passed by a Jeju farm and it was blaring Axl Rose’s voice as Guns and Roses covered Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door,” it put pep in my step. GNR, as well as many other Western rock bands, will live forever in the lives of local residents. I had a young high school student proudly display a new GNR T-shirt in class last year. When I asked why she was wearing it, she said, “They’re cool.” Indeed, … 20 years ago.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Roadside odeng. Processed fish parts on a stick. I devoured 10 of those at the only roadside stall outside of O’Sulloc. Maybe the first food stand I have noticed on the trails. The female owner was quizzical when I kept on reaching for another. Also, she made a decent “toast” sandwich. I took down two of those, too, concurrently. Toast, another favorite Konglish expression, is not darkened, cooked bread in Korea; rather, the term means a breakfast sandwich with a possibility of various ingredients cooked inside. In some spots, food or snack stretches are futile for kilometers at a time. This is one such instance. A hiker must capitalize on opportunity.

Date
Sept. 28, 2011
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