Late For Dinner

"Adventures...Make you late for dinner." -- Bilbo Baggins

Featuring Thoughts and Images both Adventurous and Otherwise. Dealing mostly with those Occurences and Happenings which befall one Jordan Emmans, during his Sojourn in the Far East (South Korea, specifically). Giving no promise as to Quality or Frequency of posts. Expecting, however, great Diversity of Subject Matter. Hoping sincerely to Entertain and Enlighten those Readers who would care to glance herein. Or Something.

Location: Gwangju, South Korea

I'm a follower of Jesus and a guitarist/drummer/vocalist. I'm from Cool, CA, USA, and I've been in Korea since Jan. 27, 2006. Right now I'm giving teaching a try. Next year...who knows what I'll be doing. Life is an adventure!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Day Seven

Hello from the Webster, FL public library! I'm enjoying the air conditioning, waiting out the afternoon heat, and catching up on my correspondence. So far I've pedaled approximately 240 miles, and camped every night. Some stealth camping, so I won't tell you exactly where...

I've been very commando, as it were. While I have taken showers, I haven't taken as many as could be desired. Nor have I dined in style. Grocery stores have all I need to survive and thrive; restaurants only take too much of my money. Though I have hit a couple restaurants. The Subway sandwich I had earlier really hit the spot.

My body is beginning to adjust to being on the bike for long hours, though I'm still fighting aches and pains here and there. The bike has performed like a champ. And I think I've packed fairly well. Everything I have I either will use, am using, or have used. I haven't kicked myself for not bringing something...yet. I have kicked myself for buying that copy of Lonely Planet Florida. It's not worth the added weight and subtracted space.

The best part so far is the people I've met along the way. I mean, if Florida is any indication of the rest of the South, I'm a believer in and big fan of Southern hospitality. Especially some folks I met just outside of Fort Meade. I was rolling by, it was getting late, I was looking for a place to camp, and I saw a Christian camp for boys, called Camp Wilderness. It turns out it's a Royal Rangers camp, a Christian Boy Scouts, basically. I was a Royal Ranger Straight Arrow for a short time as a boy in Lincoln, CA. So it was neat being there. Anyway, I rode in and asked if I could pitch a tent for the night. The guy in charge said yes. Fortunately there was a group there from Fort Myers, camping for the weekend (this was on Saturday). They were extremely hospitable and invited me to camp near them and join their group. They fed me steak and chicken and made me feel as welcome as could be, inviting me to join them for movie night (they watched one of those Tim Allen Santa Claus movies and The Incredibles on a portable canvas screen they had set up).

The next day, they did a small church service, and I played a couple songs for them and they prayed for me and gave me a bunch of food. I stayed there all day, as I needed a day of rest. I hung out and played in the creek (no gators, that we saw...) with Richard Pringle and his wife April and kids Hannah, Luke and Faith. They are great people. The whole group are great people. Paul the painter, who let me use his camp shower and first invited me to camp near the group, was a real cool guy. All told, it was a really neat experience, one I will long remember.

And I met many other good people:

--Barney (I hope I remembered his name correctly) from the motorcycle/furniture/antiques and curiosities store in Lakeland, who gave me directions and water.

-- The Blanchards in Lakeland, who gave me directions and fed me barbecue.

--James at the produce stand outside of Polk City, who told me his story and gave me water and more bananas and oranges than I had paid for.

--David on the Van Fleet State Trail, who told me all about gators big and small, and where to possibly find a camping spot.

The list will only get longer, I'm sure.

That's all for now, folks. Check back for more updates and anecdotes. I'm going to try to do pictues eventually.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Greetings, all! I break my long silence to inform you that:

1. The CD is, of course, finished and available from these fine online retailers:, iTunes, and our Snocap store at our myspace page. For CD Baby, you can either order the physical CD or download the entire album in mp3 form. If you want to download the whole album, we get paid more if you use CD Baby than iTunes. If you only want some of the songs (why you wouldn't want all of them is beyond me...) you have to use either iTunes or Snocap.

2. I left Korea for Florida on May 5th. I've been here at my brother Drew's house, getting over a sinus infection and hanging out with him and his family. So I'm back in the States, and will be for the foreseeable future.

3. Tomorrow morning early I'm leaving on my big bicycle trip, from Ave Maria, FL, to Colfax, CA. I expect it to take me 2 1/2 to 3 months. But I've never done anything this extensive, so I really don't know how long it will take me. I'll be camping as much as possible to up the adventure quotient and lower the cost. I'll be posting pictures and anecdotes as much as I can, using public library computers.

So, the adventure continues. I'm back in my home country, but still far, far away from home. Follow along and feel free to leave comments. And buy the CD!