Conquering the 531
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After our battle with the nine dragons, weâ€™d decided to head down south to a really big lake between Chungju and Danyang. There were some caves that looked interesting and we thought weâ€™d try to check them out after our mountain climbing adventure. Well unfortunately there wasnâ€™t enough light left in the day, but we did happen to scout out some cool stuff and planned to come back another day. This time Terryâ€™s kids were along for the trip but it didnâ€™t exactly go as planned.
Basically we decided on a bit of a random route to effectively gain a little road trip through central ROK. We happened along a few interesting items including a cool little park along a river with a very old carving of a Buddha on it and an awesome archery range where there were guys shooting traditional Korean style bows reminiscent of Jumong (a Korean TV show.
Neither of us had ever been to the area so we were relying on a map that Terry had bought locally. On the map we saw what was supposed to be a highway called the 531 that appeared to run along an edge of a lake that would eventually connect us to another highway that would lead us to the caves we wanted to check out. This ended up the beginning of an adventure as the â€ś531â€ť ended up turning into a one lane, skinny dirt road that appeared as if it might vanish at any time. And when I mean skinny, I mean that had we ended up â€śstuckâ€ť at any point along the road or encountered anyone coming the other way, we would have had to drive in reverse for several kilometers.
However, this road was a road less traveled and we didnâ€™t encounter a soul anywhere along it.
When we finally found paved road, Terry and I got out of the car and had the kids take our picture with the map in hand to commemorate our conquering of the 531!