It Goes, Boys: An Adventure in Numbers

On this Christmas Day, it seems fitting to reminisce a little about Taylor’s and my two-wheeled adventure as roughly two months have passed since we made it back home.

Granted, not a day passes that I don’t think about this most amazing trip of my life and what it has taught me. However, I have not taken the time to expose any of these thoughts on here, for all to see. I’m just going to blame my most intense shift into winter for that. Really, I now spend so much time on my skis that one might wonder if I’ve ever biked at all.

Well, I have. Let me tell you, strong biking legs make for equally strong skiing legs – quite practical.

But I digress. What I wanted to share, as a sort of final (and very, very belated) trip update, are a few statistics about our big bike tour. Who doesn’t love numbers, right?! You’re welcome. Merry Christmas!

In earnest, though – I think that providing a few numbers makes it easier to wrap one’s head around the reality of this adventure and how far we’ve actually gone. All in all – a good summary.

Let’s get started, shall we?


First off, Have a Map

Click here to open it in Google Maps.

I plotted, without too much detail, our trip itinerary. There were some backroads here and there which obviously do not show, since Google Maps allows only a finite amount of route modifications.

General Trip Statistics

  • Total distance covered: 2,839km
  • Total number of days: 48
    – Cycling days: 39
    – Rest days: 8
    – Travel days by train: 1
  • Average distance per day (cycling days only): 72km
  • Longest day: 127km
  • Total number of hours spent in the saddle: 155hrs (roughly 6.5 days of non-stop riding)
  • Average time spent per day: 4hrs
  • Average speed: 18.3km/h
  • Maximum speed: 65.9km/h (I’d like to thank the hilly Oregon Coast)

    We were allowed to share some of our riding hours with absolutely amazing human beings – I still consider these few days in Oregon the best of the entire trip!
  • Total elevation gain: 27,294m
  • Average elevation gain per day: 700m
  • Most ascent in a day: 1,665m
  • Number of Everests climbed: 3.1
  • Highest point: 1,669m (Washington Pass)
  • Total amount of calories burnt cycling: 67,500kcal
  • Average amount of calories burnt per day: 1,760kcal
  • Caloric expenditure for every cycled kilometre: 23.75kcal
  • Total amount of nights: 46
    – Nights spent camping: 31
    – – – In State Parks: 20
    – – – In KOAs: 1
    – – – In other campgrounds: 9
    – – – In random people’s yards: 1
    – Nights with Warm Showers hosts: 12
    – Nights in hostels: 2
    – Nights with Weixl family friends: 1

Random Numbers and Facts

  • Bike weight: 100lbs
  • Flats: 5 for me, 1 for Taylor
  • Bails: None for me, 1 for Taylor
  • Number of bike shops visited: 11
  • Rainy riding days: 2 (Our good weather karma was on point)
  • Days with ridiculously strong headwind: 2
  • Favourite dinner: Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Second favourite dinner: Amy’s Organic Chili
  • Third favourite dinner: Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes mixed with Amy’s Organic Chili
  • Favourite breakfast: oatmeal with absolutely everything in it (including peanut butter)
  • Favourite bread: Dave’s Killer Powerseed Bread
  • Perpetual snack companions: bananas, apples, bagels, avocados, tortillas, Clif Nut-Butter Filled bars (so, so much better than the original ones)
  • Jars of nut butter consumed (only by me): 11 (2 of almond butter and 9 of peanut butter)
  • Average number of days to consume a jar: 4
  • Best grocery store: Fred Meyers

    I miss these simple dinner times.
  • Longest wait between two showers: 7 days
  • Longest stretch without doing laundry: 9 days
  • Amount of photos taken: roughly 3,400 (between Taylor and I)
  • Number of friends that were made: Too many to keep track of, luckily!
  • Tattoos obtained: 1
  • Fun that was had: AN INFINITE AMOUNT


There we have it – this is what the biking adventure looks like compressed into numbers. Obviously, these reflect my side of the story a bit more; especially when it comes to my maximum speed. I have to claim that one as strictly my own…

As I finish writing this, I can feel a slight sting in my heart; a longing to pack my bags and jump back on the saddle. As much as making this little numerical summary of this adventure strengthens a certain feeling of closure, it also fortifies my desire to do embark on such an adventure again in the future.

Just you wait. One day, I’ll set off on an even longer bike tour than this.

One Comment Add yours

  1. billoheim says:

    Congratulations to your grand cycling-tour!

    Reading your blog I remembered my bike tour in 1986: “48-hrs Ottensheim-Bregenz” – a bet!

    Total distance: 450km
    Cycling days: 3 ( starting friday 16:00 to sunday 11:00 )
    actual time: 42hrs
    Total number of hours spent in the saddle (brooks): 23
    Total number of hours spent in bed: 13
    Total number of hours in bavarian beergarden: 6

    day1: 119km
    day2: 225km
    day3: 116km
    Average speed: 19,56km/h

    favourite drink: dark “franziskaner weissbier”

    I enjoyed the effort and won the bet! (ATS 2000.- and free beer on cycling days)
    (picture in messenger)


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