Posted by: standing_baba | August 30, 2009

Week 13 Statistics

Stats

DATES: August 24th, 2009 – August 30th, 2009
START LOCATION: San Agustin, Colombia
END LOCATION: Ibarra, Ecuador

TOTAL DISTANCE CYCLED: 229.53 miles (369.4 km)
AVERAGE DISTANCE PER DAY: 45.91 miles (73.88 km)
DAYS ON BIKE: 5
LONGEST DAY: 80.6 miles (129.71 km)
SHORTEST DAY: 17.26 miles (27.77 km)
MAXIMUM SPEED: 44.2 mph (71.2 kmph)
TOTAL DISTANCE CYCLED TO DATE: 1,232.81 miles (1,984.02 km)

EXCHANGE RATE:

US $1 = $2,055 Colombian Pesos

TOTAL MONEY SPENT: US $179.87
AVERAGE SPENT PER DAY: US $25.70
MOST EXPENSIVE DAY: US $77.64
LEAST EXPENSIVE DAY: US $2.50
TOTAL MONEY SPENT TO DATE: US $2,015.42
TRIP AVERAGE SPENT PER DAY: US $22.15

NIGHTS OF FREE CAMPING: N/A
NIGHTS IN COUCHSURFERS’ HOMES: N/A
NIGHTS IN FRIENDS’ HOMES: N/A
NIGHTS IN STRANGERS’ HOMES: 5
NIGHTS IN CASAS DE CICLISTAS: 1
NIGHTS IN HOSTELS: N/A
NIGHTS IN HOTELS: 1
MOST EXPENSIVE ACCOMMODATION: US $3.00
LEAST EXPENSIVE ACCOMMODATION: US $0.00

HIGHLIGHTS:

Borders crossed: 1 (Ecuador)
Bible verses read to me by fanatic bike mechanic: lost count
Visa extensions requested and granted: 1 (whole process cost US $54.36)
Friendly road block interrogations: 1
Flat tires: 1
Volcanoes towering in the distance: 2
Minutes until rainjacket was as good as useless: 15
New bike-specific rainjacket purchased: 1 (US $25)
Guinea pig (cuy) signs seen: many
Dr. Seuss-like cemeteries visited: 1
Sculpted bushes I thought would come to life at any second: 6
Long-distance cyclists met: 4 (Canadians & Dutch)
Coffee plants toured: 1
Women who manually remove undesirable beans from conveyor belt: 20
Number of people responsible for your morning coffee: more than you could imagine
New brake pads purchased: 8
Bus hours on unpaved road through the clouds: 6
National Parks biked through: 1 (National Park Serranía de los Churumbelos)
Broken chains: 1


Responses

  1. Yeah, explain the chain breaker, please.

  2. I don’t know if I missed the story, but how on earth did you manage to break a chain only 1200 miles into your trip?!?

    • Ok, ok, a link in my chain broke. No dramatic snap, no near-death swerve into oncoming traffic. I was climbing in the Churumbelos National Park, just north of Mocoa, when my rear derailleur kept stopping up. It was raining hard as I upturned Surly to take a look. I used my chain breaker tool to remove the half-loosened and bent pin, then replaced it with an extra. Standard procedure, apparently. It was the first time I had ever fix a chain. Not a soul was around as I worked on my bike, just clouds hanging over the green forest and a small waterfall that dumped into the gutter where I washed my hands afterwards.


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