We have had a couple of requests from people wanting to know a few cycling stats. This will be a good exercise for us as well, particularly how far we have come.
It may seem a little odd but we haven’t actually been keeping close tabs on this day to day, I think mainly because our focus has on the journey and not the destination, therefore to us it doesn’t really matter. We will have a bit of chat after the days ride to talk about how far and fast (if the wind is with us and GPS on) etc but more than half the time we turn the GPS off to conserve battery power just so we know we will have it when it is really required. I would be interested to hear from other touring cyclists whether they have the same attitude.
I have gone back over our route and as of 11th June, since the 3rd May we have:
– travelled 3,680km (from West Coast of British Columbia to Winker, South West of Winnipeg, Manitoba)
– a typical day would be anywhere from 80 to 135km
– Average varies dramatically: Overall I guess somewhere around 17-20km/hr in British Columbia due to the hilly terrain and 20 to 25km/hr through the Prairies however this is where the average varies so much. Into the wind 8 to 15km/hr, but with a reasonably strong westerly we can average 25 to 31km/hr.
And if your being chased by a coyote it is amazing how this will increase your average on that day. John’s GPS was on during the chase and he clocked 48km/hr while trying to outrun the coyote. (The tail wind also helped, it wasn’t sheer adrenaline).