I have compiled all the stats from my trip, and crunched all the numbers. Here are some of the more interesting totals:
Total distance: 3,757 miles
My rough guess for my total, without adding anything up, was 3700 miles. Pretty close! My initial route, planned at home before I ever saw an inch of road, was 3,561 miles.
With 3,757 miles in total, half is 1,878.5 miles. Calculating where I was at that distance: Mitchell, South Dakota, exactly where I declared the unofficial halfway point!
Countries: 2 (U.S., Canada)
States: 12 (Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, Ontario, New York, Massachusetts)
Number of Arlingtons: 3 (Minnesota, Iowa, Massachusetts)
Total number of days biking: 56
Average distance per day: 67 miles per day
My goal before I started was to average 75 miles per day. But pretty early on I traded some of my planned rest days to break up my longer distances, to the detriment of my daily average.
Total number of rest days: 11
Of the rest days, three were because I took my bike in for a tune-up and was not able to ride (Victor, Idaho; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Rochester, New York). Additionally, three more were visiting friends and family (Minneapolis, Minnesota; LaCrosse, Wisconsin; Oelwein, Iowa). I took one day to sitesee (Jackson, Wyoming). Two days were weather-related (Platteville, Wisconsin; Schenectady, New York). There were just two days off because I simply needed a break — once in Boise, Idaho, and once in Mitchell, South Dakota.
When I did my initial planning, I expected to take two rest days each week. That would have meant 19 or 20 rest days, so I actually used fewer rest days than planned (but as I said, I shortened my distances on some of the longer days).
Way back in Mitchell, Oregon, I met another person biking across the country. He and I exchanged blogs, and every so often I would check on his progress. He finished on August 1st, averaging 89 miles per day and having taken no rest days at all!
Total time biking: 248 hours, 45 minutes
Average speed: 15.1 mph
On a daily basis, the average speed I tried for was 15 mph, so to see that’s almost exactly where I ended up for the entire trip is great to see!
Slowest day: 11.66 mph; Victor, Idaho to Wilson, Wyoming
This was also the shortest day, just 21.3 miles, and the day with the least amount of biking time, 1 hour and 50 minutes, featuring the 10% incline (and 10% descent) over the Teton Pass.Fastest day: 18.01 mph; Slayton, Minnesota to Redwood Falls, Minnesota
I had a nice tailwind, very flat terrain, and was racing some thunderstorms. It all added up to a quick day, and then when the storms did not materialize, I got to poke around this charming town throughout the afternoon.
Max speed: 37.29 mph
This happened on what was probably the windiest day of my whole trip, from Glenrock, Wyoming to Douglas, Wyoming. Early on I had to bike against the howling wind, and had trouble getting any decent speed even while going downhill. Then I turned, the wind became a tailwind, and a record speed was set!
I had three “centuries”, or rides of 100 miles or longer:
100 miles; Douglas, Wyoming, to Harrison, Nebraska; 6 hours, 33 minutes
105 miles; Grand Rapids, Michigan to Flushing, Michigan; 6 hours, 22 minutes
100 miles; Port Huron, Michigan to London, Ontario; 6 hours, 9 minutes
The first one is also the longest time biking on one day for the entire trip.
Total number of ferries taken: 3 (Cassville, Wisconsin, across the Mississippi River; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, across Lake Michigan; Marine City, Michigan, across the St. Clair River into Canada)Average heart rate: 140 beats per minute
Max heart rate: 190 bpm
This happened on the day I spent 20 miles on a dirt road in Idaho. My heart rate got up to 189 over the Teton Pass.
Largest one-day climb: 4,167 feet; McKenzie Bridge, Oregon to Redmond, Oregon
This happened on just my third day biking! Talk about a rude awakening!Largest one-day descent: 3,763 feet; Mission, South Dakota to Platte, South Dakota
This happened on one of the days I was fighting the wind as I biked across the plains of South Dakota. I’m glad I had gravity to help me!
Total ascent: 98,477 feet
I think I’ll just round this up and say I climbed 100,000 feet! That is more than 18 and a half miles! Biking 56 days, that works out to an average climb of 1,759 feet per day.
Total credit card charges: $5,942.96
Most of those, of course, are food and lodging along the way. Also included are the bike tune-ups, and some supplies when I needed to restock. Not included: the cash I spent along the way. One bike shop asked that I pay in cash, and I recall at least two B&Bs that required cash payment. There were several restaurants and diners that didn’t accept a credit card.
Additionally, if you also add in the cost of the bike, which I bought (several years ago) just for this trip, and the pannier packs (ditto), as well as the camping equipment, the plane ticket, etc., I’m guessing I spent a total of about $10,000 for this trip. Not bad for a 10 week trip! I had set aside more than that, in case I needed it.
- Hotel: 23
- Friends/Family: 22
- WarmShowers.org: 9
- B&B: 7
- Camping: 5
I have a lot of friends scattered all over the country! The trip was mostly split into two parts though, before and after the halfway point in Mitchell, South Dakota. Most of the camping and Warmshowers.org hosts were in the first half, and most of my friends and family were in the second half. Hotels and B&Bs were split pretty evenly between the two.
Blog posts: 87
- Daily updates: 56
- Rest days: 11
- Weekly Stats & Observations: 9
- Misc: 7
- From the Mailbag: 4
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