With over a month between us and Anchorage, the time has come for an accounting. We reminisce about our single flat tire that occurred within two hours of beginning our trip in Anchorage and the endless washboards and blueberries of the Denali Highway. We ride each day as jars of peanut butter, bags of rice, and kilometers accumulate in our wake. Each day is its own adventure which makes it easy to forget how much lies behind us. I won’t try to explain any of the inside jokes that have developed between us, but I will show you the numbers behind the journey thus far. And maybe a few jokes.
This is a nontraditional post for Bound South. I even chose some theme music. Since we are passing through Canada I am featuring a Canadian artist that we all enjoy. To start things off for my numerical post, a numerical song by Feist:
A quick sample of the food that’s been put before us:
Now that we’ve piqued your appetite here are the cold, hard, numerical facts of Bound South. Enjoy!
Miles Covered: 1915
Max Speed: 39 mph
Steepest Grade: 10%
Hours Riding: 184 hrs
Flat Tires: 1
Isaiah’s Bike Fails: 2.75 (.75 for bike tipping)
David’s Bike Fails: 1
Nathan’s Bike Fails: 1 (David’s fault)
Calories Consumed: ~580,000
Peanut Butter Consumed: 24 lbs.
Trail Mix/Granola/Raisins consumed: 12 lbs.
Honey Consumed: 1.5 gallons
Rice and Noodles consumed: Countless servings.
Roadside Cookie Donations: 3
Photos taken: 2094
“David, you’re like the sergeant”– Host in a hot-tub in British Columbia.
“Boys, don’t tell your mother I gave you this” – Host mother in British Columbia
“Such a double standard!” -Me, referring to a standard that applies to them and me
“You’re going the wrong way!” – Alaskan locals, informing us that Argentina was the other way.
“I’m reading War and Peace, your books are 100pg children’s novels half of which are pictures!” – Isaiah pretentiously comparing his completed books with my own.
Breakfast: French Toast in Dease Lake at Mama Z’s
Lunch: Chinese Buffet in Frasier Lake, BC with Wendy
Dinner: Salmon Dinner in Cantwell, AK with Bob and Janie
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The numbers have been crunched, and the results are in: we’ve had an amazing first leg of our journey.