June 04, 2012 11:05
Former U.S. Ambassador to Korea Kathleen Stephens has completed a cycling route built as part of the country's four-rivers restoration project.
The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said on Sunday that Stephens, who began her journey from Yangpyeong, Gyeonggi Province last Sunday, arrived on Eulsuk Island along the Nakdong River in Busan on Thursday and received a commemorative medal for her achievement.
Koo Ja-yeol, chairman of LS Cable and head of the Korea Cycling Federation, and Michael Fay, head of the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Seoul, were among the 11 cyclists who accompanied Stephens on the 500-km course. The group braved heavy rainfall to finish the route as they approached the Nakdong River.
Stephens, who returned to the U.S. last November after finishing her three-year tenure in Seoul, now works at the State Department as acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs. She visited Korea this time on official business, but arrived early to make the cycling trip.
The U.S. diplomat said she cycled from Seoul to Yangpyeong last year before the route was fully built, and enjoyed the experience so much that she was determined to come back and complete the course once it was finished.
Stephens praised the various facilities that lie along the course and gushed about the feeling of being close to nature while cycling through rice paddies and villages.
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