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By The Numbers #2

We’ve now been riding for just under three months and North America has flown by. Within two weeks we will reach the Mexican border that will bring a great deal of change to our journey. Our diets are going to switch from peanut butter and pasta to beans, tortillas, and rice. Our typical lunch breaks will be missed, but we’re excited to move on to the next leg of our trip.  We are riding along some of the most beautiful coastal highways on the Pacific coast.  It has already been a wild ride down Highway 1 and there are many more stories to come.

In our last numbers post we tallied up the first month. In three months we have covered just about all of North America and have a number of things that we are proud and thankful for.  Here’s our accounting from San Francisco:

Total Miles Covered: 4035 mi

Longest day: 109 miles from Mt. Hood to Bend, OR

Longest streak of consecutive riding days: 12 

Laugh attacks while out riding: 3-20

Bleached eyebrows: 2

Rest days, sans rest: Hiking in Jasper, Cyclocross race in Portland, Building with H4H in Bend, and dancing in San Fransisco

Dance Skill Atrophy Index Score: 100%

Days ridden without rain: 27 days

Most consecutive days without a shower: 5

Average cost for each day: $4 per person

Days sick: 0 *knock knock*

Best pen pals: 3rd Graders from rural North Dakota (more on this later!)

Culinary Innovations: Campbell’s Chunky soup with pasta, ricotta cheese and potatoes

Best food splurges: Smoked pork ribs, Jenny’s Burgers, “12 Tacos for $10” deal at Taco Bell

David’s Role: The Sergeant

Isaiah’s Role: The Cheerleader

Nathan’s Role: Professor Pumpkin

Most Epic Campsite:  Treacherous cow pasture on the cliffs over the ocean, with unknown vehicle stalker.

Quickest Campsite Departure: 30 minutes after waking at 5:45AM from the treacherous cow pasture on the cliffs over the ocean

Habitat Donation Total: $4,140

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By The Numbers #1

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

Memorable Quotes:

“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.

Favorite Meals:

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

Website Views: 23,493

Favorite Website Search Engine Hits:

“metaphors for ice cream”

“met a guy at gas station”

Commenter of the Month: Krista

The numbers have been crunched, and the results are in: we’ve had an amazing first leg of our journey.