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Seopjikoji, Yeongjusan and a broken scooter belt[Jeju's Trails] Days 46 and 47 of a 1,200 km journey recording Jeju's hiking trails, oreum (volcanic cones) and Olle courses
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승인 2011.11.04  11:22:24
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▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

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The Journey

These are the top 22 sites in sequential order for Day 46: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Seopjikoji, parking lot - Bulneun Oreum, base - Bulneun Oreum, peak - Seopjikoji, parking lot - Nasiri Oreum, base - Nasiri Oreum, peak - Nasiri Oreum, base - Moguri Campground - Moguri Oreum / Moguri Al Oreum, base - Moguri Oreum / Moguri Al Oreum, peak 1 - Moguri Oreum / Moguri Al Oreum, peak 2 - Moguri Oreum / Moguri Al Oreum, reference point - Moguri Campground - Yeongjusan Oreum, base 1 - Yeongjusan Oreum, peak - Yeongjusan Oreum, base 2 - Yeongjusan Oreum, base 1 - Bonji Oreum, base - Bonji Oreum, peak - Bonji Oreum, base - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office


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Spent
mart -- 4,400
roadside stand -- 4,000
gas for scooter -- 8,000
jimjilbang -- 8,000
Total -- 24,400 won

Consumed
7 odeng on a stick, 2 pieces bread, a lot of hard tack, 10 hot teas, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 46
This day... was boring. The jump-start happened late into the night after researching and finding 22 oreum left that are the real McCoy. Tomorrow, the journey begins to systematically locate and walk. Today, I reached six oreum and had a chance to check out Moguri Campground, which is at the base of Moguri Oreum and it’s Al (lesser oreum, sort of attached). One oreum was worthless, another incredible, the next short in height and long on a trail. Yet another a graveyard. I started at Seopjikoji.

Seopjikoji. I have to be brutally honest. I’m not into Seopjikoji. It’s the home of the setting, including a fake church, for the past Korean drama “All In.” Famous, for sure, a little bit south of Seongsan Sunrise Peak. If I were alone or in the midst of a few people, then we can talk. To see 30-plus tour buses, with literally thousands of visitors, to hear, “Hello, nice to meet you,” one too many times, I put on my hat and pulled it as far as possible over my face to get to and from the oreum. But then I had a problem bumping into tourists with no awareness of their surroundings, parked in the middle of the path, no care in the world, as if they were the only one and no one else matters. I’ve never thrown a hissy fit in public. Any less amount of sleep would have tipped the scales. Taken, alone, the oreum at Seopjikoji, where the lighthouse sits atop, Bulneun is beautiful and only takes about five minutes to reach the summit. Great views of the sea. And then for three seconds after natural purity, I was hit with the purest form of couple look to date. Same shirt, pants, hat, shoes and socks. Adoring. The strongest way to actualize the same body, mind and soul. Also a tripod (doting) couple. Go to Seopjikoji when there are relatively few people.

Moguri Campground and two oreum. Heading south on road 1119 coming from the extreme east, sits Moguri Campground. The facilities are right for campers. I was curious to ask how much camping was and how the place worked. But, when I walked into the superintendent’s office, no one was interested in talking with me. I left a bit jaded, but the climb up both Moguri and Moguri Al oreum gave another perspective of southeast Jeju. I believe, a 1.2-kilometer trail with a bit of circling at the top. There was a fire watcher at the peak and he was more than willing to help orient me with a map and instruct which oreum were open to trekking and which were not. No one else was on the oreum. I saw two groups of campers. Other than that, the place was dead.

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser

Peak of the day. At the corner of roads 97 and 1119 is a massive natural structure in Yeongjusan. There’s two bases to choose from. I did both, but the one hiding well off the side is a bit better, since it is a matter of choice to walk freely until the top portion to the staircased peak. There’s a concrete structure at top. Perhaps it was the old lookout station before the heavy duty plastic ones took over. The oreum looks out and over a horseshoe shaped crater. This is the largest landscape around, so the visibility is clean and clear. At the second base I was confronted by a man who wanted to talk about oreum with me. He gave me the tip about Ddarabi being a place I must go to. Will do. Thank you.

Two small fries. The second and last oreum were nothing to write lengthy about. Nasiri is on road 1119 close to Mugori. It is actually overlooking an ATV riding place. I climbed a wire fence around a large rock surrounded a burial mound and went up, took a few photos and came back down. The last one of the day, Bonji is near the Songeup Folk Village and is a large graveyard. Not that tall in height, at the peak there was a watcher who was dozing. He noticed me a few seconds after I arrived and moved to act as if he were active. I politely said hello, took a photo and GPS reading and finished for the day.

Date
Nov. 2, 2011

▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser
▲ Photo by Steve Oberhauser


Day 47: The Journey
These are the top three sites in sequential order for Day 47: Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office - Saryeoni Forest, 1118 entrance / exit - Venture Maru, The Jeju Weekly office


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Spent
GS-25 -- 2,900
roadside stand -- 9,800
GS-25 -- 2,900
postage -- 1,110
jimjilbang -- 12,000
Total -- 28,710 won

Consumed
14 odeng on a stick, 2 sandwiches, 2 gimbaps, 1 small soda, 1 hot coffee, endless amounts of water

Thoughts from Day 47
The belt, short and sweet. While some would say this is bad luck, I think it was great, since I get to sleep long and hard tonight and prepare for a great four-day run. After (painfully) leaving the dentist in the morning, I hopped on the scooter with my eyes on Saryeoni Oreum. Out of Gyorae, heading south on 1118, at exactly the exit to Saryeoni Forest, cruising at 80 kilometers per hour, the scooter’s belt broke, no more acceleration and hello, the scooter turned off. Safely coasting off the road, and with no cell phone (It was lost and disappeared, for good, Hallelujah! about one week ago.), I summoned the odeng on a stick, roadside vendor to make a call to Mr. Lee’s Bike Shop, so a pick up could occur. It being late morning, and thus I was far from Jeju City, I had to wait my turn, got picked up by mid-afternoon, the scooter was fixed and I’m off again tomorrow. A strong finish is in the works. Eight more hiking days left. Thanks are in order to the odeng on a stick vendor and Mr. Lee.

Date
Nov. 3, 2011
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