Four weeks ago today we rolled into Halifax to finish the biking part of our journey. As mentioned in my last post, we followed that up with the relaxing and visiting part of the journey with a week of hanging out in Halifax/Dartmouth. And now it’s been three weeks since we wrapped up that stage of the journey too. Oliver kept the party going with some more traveling he had lined up while I returned home – making me no longer homeless, instead just jobless. Anywho, let’s not dwell on that. Instead, let’s kick off this wrap-up post with the juicy stuff everyone’s been waiting for…the STATS!!!
over the 50 days we were on the road we covered 6250km
we took 7 rest days, giving us 43 days of riding
during those 43 days, we spent 196hrs doing a meaningful amount of pedaling (there are some bonus km and hrs of riding that I didn’t include in my GPS tracking files), or a little over 4.5hrs/day (or 145km/day)
that means we averaged 31.89kph (when we planned the trip we had conservatively estimated 25kph and realistically anticipated 27kph)
We gained (and lost) 27 124m of elevation, with almost a third of that coming in the first eight days through BC and western Alberta
Our slowest day was Day 39 into Montreal when we averaged 26.3kph in the headwinds and city streets
That day, however, came after a beautiful streak of 24 days of riding with an average speed over 30kph every day (the previous day under 30kph average was Day 10 into Drumheller)
Our fastest day was Day 14 into Regina when we averaged an eye-watering 40.3kph thanks to our massive quads and not at all because of the strong westerly winds
During that day we covered our fastest 40km of the trip in a little over 53min, or traveling at 44kph
For those interested, we averaged right around 170W (~2.5w/kg) over the whole trip with days as low as 123W and as high as 206W
By some magical travel karma we dodged most of the bad weather that Canada has seen this summer, having only three days of riding in the rain
We did, however, get lots of the heat. Our average temperature was 25.8C
The hot days were definitely skewed towards the back half of the trip with our coldest day coming in at 10C as we rode through a storm in Saskatchewan
The hottest day by average temperature was the day we left Winnipeg, averaging 35C. Our hottest peak temperature though was the day leaving Montreal. Most of the day was spent at a cool 33C, but near the end of the day the temperature soared to 45C
We each consumed something like 6.5kg of candy over the trip and upwards of 25L of Gatorade
That’s okay though, because I burned, on average, an additional 2300 calories, bringing my daily burn up to close to 5000
For a total of 97 204 calories additional calories burned over all the riding days
AND we did all this coming in under budget and ahead of schedule. We shaved off four days of riding thanks to the stiff winds and managed to be a couple hundred dollars under budget
I have quite the repository of data now, thanks to Strava, so if I’ve missed any stats you think might be interesting let me know. For now though, here are some highlights from the couple thousand photos and videos we took – including some never-before-seen photos/videos!
Well that about wraps it up for content from this trip. It really was a blast and I’m sure I’ll return again to pore over all of our photos and data, but for now, it’s time to move on. After a busy few weeks at home, I’m taking off again in just under a week to go race at the World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Nevada. When I’m back from that I hope to return to the somewhat regular posting I had going on this past winter. Thanks to everyone that followed our adventure on this blog. It somehow meant more to know we had family and friends reading along at home. I won’t be (too) offended if you decide to unsubscribe 😉 Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming… in a few weeks!
Cheers and Ride On!