Stats and Other Random Stuff

I’m a little bit of a numbers nerd so I figured out some interesting stats about our trip. For one, I discovered my numbering of my days of biking was wrong on all my blog entries starting at Manning Park (which I have since corrected). Day 5 was actually a Rest Day because we got a ride to Osoyoos. And we had another Rest Day in Christina Lake. So, with two added Rest Days, we were actually on the road 76 days and had 13 Rest Days during the trip and 5 more at the end in St. John’s. We were on this journey for a total of 94 days!

Note : We had to estimate the kilometres sometimes. Electronics don’t always work including the bike speedometer thingy, Google Maps, and a map finder app. Some totals don’t take into account places where we backtracked or towns we travelled around in after biking all day. However, we tried hard to be as accurate as possible.

I also discovered when adding and then re-adding again and again, that we travelled 7,200 kilometres and not 7,507 as originally thought. We bicycled 7,200 kilometres; this total does not include ferries, vehicles, or plane. We had three rides during this trip, which totalled 271 kilometres:

* Manning Park to Osoyoos (182 km) due to my knees giving me grief.
* Crawford Bay to Creston (76 km) because the roads were too narrow.
* Confederation Bridge (13 km) because it is illegal to bike across the bridge.

If I remember correctly, we took 6 ferries in total for a distance of 219 kilometres. The plane ride home was 4,335 kilometres. Now people may understand why I’m happy to be home, I travelled a lot of kilometres this summer!

The following is the total kilometres travelled in each province — give or take a few. The overlaps of provinces make the numbers a little wonky; for example, leaving Sparwood, BC, and entering Pincher Creek, AB, I gave those kilometres to Alberta.

BC: 782 km – 12 days biking/2 rest days = 14 days
AB: 462 km – 3 days biking/3 rest days = 6 days
SK: 604 km – 7 days biking/0 rest days = 7 days
MB: 573 km – 6 days biking/5 rest days = 11 days
ON: 2,057 km – 20 days biking/1 rest day = 21 days
QC: 813 km – 8 days biking/1 rest day = 9 days
NB: 560 km – 5 days biking/0 rest days = 5 days
PEI: 149 km – 2 days biking/0 rest days = 2 days
NS: 276 km – 3 days biking/1 rest day = 4 days
NL: 924 km – 11 days biking/5 rest days = 15 days

For those who think I’m still a princess, I’ll have you know I slept in a tent for a total of 51 nights!

Tent: 51
B&Bs: 3
Hotels: 13
Campers: 3
University: 1
Houses/Apartments: 23

We rogue-camped 5 times and 20 places were hosted by friends, family, and strangers. Add to that 20, the 5 places to stay that my Auntie Lorita provided in Saskatchewan. (Thanks again, Auntie Lorita!) And the many other places people provided through raising money and donating. (Thanks to everyone who helped us with money, gift cards, and places to stay. It was all very appreciated and I hope I’ve accurately thanked each and every one of you through my blog entries.)

Our highest kilometres per day was Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, which was 174 kilometres. Our lowest was travelling around the town of Christina Lake, which was 10 kilometres.

The first day we cracked 100 kilometres was Pincher Creek to Lethbridge. We strived for making it more than 100 km/day, and some days we came close, but in total we only made it over 100 km/day 34 times. Some days it depended on how near or far the next place was, while other times weather, bike problems, and tiredness deterred us from our goal.

We often wondered where the exact middle of our journey would occur. It’s definitely not the Longitudinal Centre of Canada just outside Winnipeg. It is also not Thunder Bay, which many people think. For our halfway kilometres it was around 3,600 kilometres, which was between Agawa Bay and Sault St. Marie, probably Pancake Bay. At that point we assumed we had already hit the middle mark! Our halfway in days, was Day 37, Marathon to White River.

We travelled as a trio for 37 days, while BB and I travelled for 57 days as a duo.

The most common questions we were asked on the road were the following:
* Where did you start? White Rock, BC
* Where will you finish? St. John’s, NL
* How many kilometres have you gone so far? Depended on the day.
* How many kilometres do you go in a day? Depends on the situation.
* How long did it take you to train for this? I didn’t. As my hubby likes to say, “Tanya rolled off the couch, put out her cigarette, and then said, ‘let’s do this’!” I went for one ride in May in the coulees. Halfway up the hill I got off my bike and walked the rest of the way. Last summer BB and I rode 40 kilometres to her mom’s farm. That was the total of my training. I had an exercise bike for the winter, but it got dusty due to lack of use.
* How heavy is your bike and gear? (A few strong men attempted to lift our bikes, which made us giggle because they were heavy!) BB’s gear was 35 pounds in Winnipeg plus her bike weight. Tanya’s gear was 45 pounds in Winnipeg plus her bike weight.

Most often asked question: Are you crazy? When someone asked me that in Winnipeg, the gas station attendant answered it best for me: “Maybe she thinks we’re the crazy ones for not travelling by bicycle across Canada!” I agree, everyone should try this. It’s the best way to really savour Canada.

Now that I’m home, I get asked the following questions:
* Did your butt hurt? Yes, the whole crotch area hurt and the chafing on my inner thigh was some of the worst suffering I’ve ever had. Bike seats and shorts need to be improved immensely.
* I bet you’re glad not to be biking every day? Yes and no. I miss the mystery of not knowing what each day holds and where I’ll be by sundown. However, I love being in the comfort of my own home, sleeping in my comfy bed at night. Most important, I’m enjoying soft toilet paper and a clean bathroom.
* Would you do this trip again? No, not this specific route. I’ve done it, now it is time to conquer something new. I’d like to bike down the east coast in fall, but next time I would have a person with a camper carrying the heavy gear.
* Did you put your bike away as soon as you got home? No, I assembled it and then I got a cold so the bike sat in my living room taunting me to ride it. After a week, when I felt better, I took it out and I’ve gone every day since. The hills that were hard before the trip are very easy now! I love that I no longer have to carry heavy gear!
* What’s next? I’m writing an easy-to-understand ebook for beginners who want to travel across Canada by bicycle. Most of the books published are memoir style, which lack important tips that bicyclists should know. I searched for info before I left because I knew I was going into this without a clue. I don’t want other people to feel so green like I did. I’ve written the memoir style in my blog entries, so now just the tips!

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