When we reached the flat farmlands of the midwest, I took a look back at the first quarter of our journey and compared the cumulative elevation gains–i.e., Which days were the toughest climbing days? Below, I have updated this to include days west of the Mississippi River.

  1. Day 7 – 5,502 ft*
  2. Day 3 – 4,229 ft
  3. Day 4 – 4,104 ft
  4. Day 13 – 4,094 ft (Nate)
  5. Day 10 – 3,835 ft*
  6. Day 8 – 3,763 ft*
    • Note: All of the top-ten climbing days west of the Mississippi through Day 56 yielded less elevation gain than this (Day 8); See below.
  7. Day 12 – 2,638 ft
  8. Day 13 – 2,618 ft (Michael)
  9. Day 5 – 2,365 ft (Michael)
  10. Day 14 – 2,274 ft (Nate)

*Michael, solo

A second look, at Day 56, captures the climbs west of the Mississippi River:

  1. Day 53 – 3,411 ft
  2. Day 56 – 3,127 ft
  3. Day 42 – 3,061 ft
  4. Day 26 – 3,018 ft (10th of Top Ten, coast to coast)
  5. Day 54 – 2,953 ft
  6. Day 43 – 2,870 ft
  7. Day 27 – 2,798 ft
  8. Day 55 – 2,526 ft
  9. Day 39 – 2,516 ft
  10. Day 29 – 2,417 ft
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