The ride is finished and after spending the remainder of Sunday & Monday morning in the city with Glenda & Garth we are back home. I don’t have many additional thoughts on the ride that I haven’t already said. So here are some random statistics from the ride along with some of the frequently asked questions and some subjective opinions of some of the different states I rode through.
Days 100 miles+ 11
Days 90 miles + 5
Days 80 miles+ 7
Days 70 miles+ 5
Days 60 miles+ 4
Average miles 88
Shortest day 17 (finish up day)
Shortest regular day – 33 (Sedona – Flagstaff )
Longest day – 124 ( day #16 Fort Garland Co. – La Junta Co.)
Days off – 2
Toughest day ?? The 1st day , then day #16 (see longest day above)
Best day – day 21 Great Bend Ks – Abline Ks ( first day in the last 6 without a headwind or rain)
How many flat tires – 2 one in Illinois one in Ohio
Number of tires it took – 2
Weight of bike as ridden with gear 70 lbs
Bike – Specialized AWOL
How much weight did I loose – 16lbs
Favorite state – Tie – Illinois – Indiana
Least favorite – Hands down – Kansas -if I was a quitter , I would have got a bus ticket home in Ks. – Az. was tough & I had some bad weather but I did find the beauty in it.
Toughest state – Pa. &. Nj. HILLS!
Hottest day – 2 days 100+
Coldest day – 38 degrees
Highest altitude – 11,900 Top of Wolf Creek Pass Co.
State with most litter along side & on road – tie Co. & Ks.
Most popular species of roadkill – woodchuck – possum – deer, in that order.
Least seen species of roadkill – squirrel
Favorite moment – so many in their own ways – riding into my home town probably the best.
Least favorite moment – end of first day – I was hurting!
How long did it take for my butt & legs to stop hurting – they never did stop- it took 1000 miles to just to get use to them always hurting!
Favorite drink – Gatorade Green Apple
Favorite food – Ben Peppers homemade jerky – banana – peanut butter
Would I do it again? Definitely
Would I do it different next time ? Definitely
Co. & Ks. Need less fences along their roadways & more roadside rest areas or roadside shelters! And to all the states, pick up your trash & dead animals – That’s just wrong!
Thanks to everyone for all of the support. A special thanks to all the guys @ Watson Diesel. These guys are the ones that make it possible for me to do this kind of stuff. They are the best.