Numbers and reflections
This morning, Bryan was wondering if he could start riding back west again. He says that is just doesn't feel right that he didn't end in St John's but he really has no regrets. On the ferry back to North Sydney today, we had time to calculate the stats, and reflect on the whole adventure. Here is what we discussed.
Distances: 6902 total kilometres (we found an error)
39 total days/ 37combined days of riding (the goal was to do it in 40)
- 3 partial days: 93 out of Vancouver, 50km to Moose Jaw, and 50 into Quebec City (1 total ride day)
-1 day touring the Cabot Trail
-11 days of over 200 km per day, overall average of 180km/day
-average of 9 hours of riding per day
-average speed 20km/hr
-week 1: 1145 km -week 2: 1295 km -week 3: 1176 km
-week 4: 1439 km -week 5: 1086 km -week 6: 516 km
*Bryan calculated that he turned 83-86 cranks per minute one day.
Days of riding in each province (approximate):
BC.......7 AB......2 1/2 SK......3 1/2 MN.......3 ON.....11
QUE....3 NB......2 1/2 PEI.....1/2 NS........3 NF......1
-5 ferry rides, 2 short and 3 long ones
-rode through 5 time zones
-hardest climbs: Osoyoos with 17 1/2 km at 9-14% grade
Hope Pass and Emerson Pass: climbed 4000 metres over 10 km
-9 nights of camping, 3 in the homes of friends, 27 in motels
-it's easier to get up to ride after a soak in a tub, a bed to sleep in and all the continental breakfast
you can eat (at least half a loaf of toast, cereal, and whatever else is offered!)
Weather: -Usually an East or North East wind, not the usual westerlies.
-very few favorable winds, a few in the Maritimes
-14 days of rain, most of them all day and sometimes very heavy
- 2 days of snow/rain/hail in BC (6 inches in one day)
-coldest day: June 7 into Sparwood -warmest: June 4 into Osoyoos
Mechanics: - the Cannondale T1 bike proved itself as up to the task (Thanks for the advice, Bike Doctor!)
- 2 flat tires, 1 tire replaced (Marathon)
-one poor lube job that created some problems but the chain held up well all trip
-1 new battery for the bike computer
Blessings: -answered prayers for safety and health (Thanks for praying for Bryan.)
-a helmet from Roland Stevenson when Bryan lost his near Nelson, BC
-meeting the target of June 29 in Quebec when we had no idea how long it would take
-having a wife and a support vehicle to get rid of the paniers and add in so many other ways
-daily goals met and perfect timing in meeting each other at just the right places
-cell phones that kept us connected and WiFi connections in motels to keep us all together
-support in so many ways
-phone calls, e-mail messages, words of encouragement
-visits in homes and on the phone as Bryan passed through (sometimes it worked out)
-friendly interest from perfect strangers who were also encouraging
-people all across the country in coffee shops, restaurants, tourist offices and by the side of the road
who make up the community that is Canada
-Kevin Berg who filled in at work for Bryan and made it possible to be worry free the whole time
-the fact that there were very few mosquitoes (just bad black flies around Lake Superior)
-legs that were ready to go every day!
Reflections: -Rural connections made all the difference. They came to see the spandex man and stayed to chat.
-There is no boring landscape at bike level. It's all in the details and appreciation.
-Covering the cost of a trip like this is easier at our age. That's one advantage of being over 50!
-the money was well spent, with no regrets
-so many have asked if Bryan was raising money for a charity
*If you want to donate to your favorite charity in honour of this great country and generosity of the
people in it, go ahead.
-Take secondary highways if you really want to see the people and not just cover miles
-bypassing rural communities hurts them financially and we miss what they can offer
-there's less traffic too!
-Although the goal of this trip was to cross Canada, not to tour sites, it whetted our appetite to
return. There's so much to do and see in each part. A week, not a day would be a start.
-A biker can never eat enough to keep going. Bryan learned a lot about when and what he needed to
eat to stay on the road. You can't ignore good nutrition.
-Bryan didn't see as much live wildlife as he expected but saw and smelled more roadkill than he liked.
-he also saw enough hubcaps, gloves, tarp straps and small tools to stock a store
-Ontario is HUGE but they have some of the worst roads and best scenery. (outside BC!)
-If you have a dream, make it happen. Eat the elephant one bite at a time.
THANK YOU for following the blog. Your comments have been encouraging but so have the numbers of hits on this site. It is good to share this dream with all of you. Who knows what will be next? Everest?