Ride Summary

By the numbers

Number of days on the bike: 70
Number of days off (no riding): 0
Starting point: Yorktown, Virginia
Ending point: Seattle, Washington
Total distance traveled: 4495 miles (7235 km)
Straight line distance from Yorktown, VA to Seattle, WA: 2417 miles
Average daily riding distance: 64.2 miles (103.4 km)
Total amount of climbing (add up the height of all the hills): 184,833 feet (56,337 meters)
Approximate number of pedal turns: 1.7 million
Approximate energy intake each day: 4000–5000 Calories
Number of times each bike wheel went 'round and 'round: 2,160,000
Number of times the trailer wheel went 'round and 'round: 2,750,000
Maximum altitude: 11,529 feet (3514 m) above sea level(Hoosier Pass in central Colorado)
Minimum altitude: 0 feet (both coasts)
Typical weight of bike, trailer and gear: 100 pounds (45.4 kg)
Average speed: 12.1 mph (19.6 km/hr)
Total time on the bike: 22,172 minutes (395.5 hours OR 15.5 continuous days)
Average ride time each day: 5 hours, 17 minutes
Time it took my return flight to get from Seattle, WA to Pittsburgh, PA: 4 hours 33 minutes
Average amount spent on lodging each night: $15.62
Amount of weight I lost: 11 pounds (5 kg) [dropped from 176 lbs. to 165 lbs.]
Number of states: 11
Number of time zones: 4
Number of times I crossed the continental divide: 10
Number of flat tires: 7 (includes 3 blowouts)
Distance traveled before first flat tire on bike: 3330 miles
Number of tires I wore out: 3
Number of days I rode solo: 34
Number of days I rode with at least one other person: 36
Number of people I rode with: 5
Person I rode with the longest: Joe Deely (36 days)
Lowest temperature encountered: 35°F (2°C)
Highest temperature encountered: 115°F (46°C)
Approximate number of dogs that chased me: 80
Number of times I used the Halt! dog spray: 4
Number of dogs who kept chasing me after being sprayed: 0
Number of other TransAmerica riders I encountered: 97
Total number of touring cyclists I encountered: 299
Number of people riding recumbents: 3
Number of people with persistent saddle sores: 296

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