As some of you may have gathered from my last post on Lowe Alpine’s new range of Dryflo base layers, I was rather impressed by what they had to offer in terms of performance and value for money; so much so, in fact, that I decided to buy some for myself. With winter now in full-flow, this should be the ideal time to put them through their paces, I thought. (more…)
Time for a quick update on how the Take On The Americas trip is going, now that the journey has passed the 10,000km mark. I suppose the best way to do it is with a few numbers…
Distance cycled: 9222km
Distance sailed: 725km
Distance travelled on bus: 425km
Total nights: 165
Nights camping: 118
Nights in paid accommodation: 34
No. of cycling days: 122
Countries cycled: 3 (Canada, US, Mexico
US states: 6 (Montana, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, California)
Mexico states: 7
Lowest/Highest altitude: -226ft / 9600ft (-69m/2926m)
Most km in one day: 136km
Coldest night/hottest day: -11C/+30C* (12F/86F)
Bridges/roads slept under: 5
Firestations slept at: 1
No. of times disturbed by men with machetes/men with guns/mountain lions: 3
No. of times cautioned/warned by warden/police: 2
Brake cables replaced: 1
Bottom brackets replaced: 1
Tyres used: 5
Bears/coyotes seen: 6 / 3
Sealions/sharks seen: 1 / 1
Whales seen: 31*
Tarantulas seen: 3
No of times fallen off bike: 0(me), 1(Lars)
No of burgers eaten by Lars: lost count
No. of Thai red curries eaten: 6
No. of tortillas eaten: 173*
No. of lucid dreams: 5
No. of beers: 182
No. of glasses of wine: 31
Average distance cycled: 75.5km/day (not including rest days)
Average distance cycled inc. rest days: 55.9km
Average km/beer: 50.7km/beer (compared to Take On Africa trip of 24.5km/beer!)
If you want to read more about the trip, best go to my blog.
(Photo courtesy of Lars Bengtsson)
I’m a little bit in love with this epic video: of 50 no-handed bike moves. They start off with the beginner (just one hand) and progress to the absolutely brilliant ‘Tony Blair giving a speech’. A guaranteed smile if you’re stuck indoors today.
This is my Bike
It takes me home.
It brings me to work.
It takes me through rain and sun.
It carries my son who I love a lot.
It goes through fields which it shouldn’t do.
It gives me pleasure.
This is my bike.
I like her a lot.