Bicycling Cross-Country, Portland to Portland in 2017.

the list.

This is a running list of our tour milestones and other interesting things we discover along the way:

  1. Other cross-country bicyclists we’ve met: Nico (Day 31); Stephanie & Dan (Day 35); America by Bicycle group, 2 of 50 (Day 42); Mitchell (Day 43); Eric (Day 47); Joe* (Day 54); Daniel (Day 56)
  2. Other long-distance bicyclists we’ve met (running count): 2 (tandem); 13
  3. Other touring cyclists one or both of us have seen but didn’t meet: 6; +1; 48, not counting tour group leaders, America by Bicycle (Day 42)
  4. First rain: Day 1
  5. First motel stay: Day 2
  6. Snake count: 10 (dead); 2 (alive)
  7. Eagle count: 3
  8. Chain pop-offs: 9 (Michael)
  9. First ice cream (soft-serve, M&Ms Flurry): Day 2
  10. First roadside-stand stop (Nate ate a whole cucumber; Michael got a plum and nectarine): Day 5
  11. Jettisoned cargo (sent home to lighten/reduce loads): Pillows; chair; stove; cold-weather rain jackets; extra clothes; flip-flops; foam roller; solar panels; batteries; mini lantern.
  12. First flat: Nate (Day 7); Michael (Day 24)
  13. Total flat tires: Michael, 9 (not counting subsequent flats of patched tires); Nate, 3
  14. First dog encounter: Nate, Day 12, fended off with water.
  15. Highest single-day dog encounters: Michael (5), Day 27; Nate (5), Day 26.
  16. Unnatural roadkill: Dust pan, Barbie, mirror, bungee cords, shuttlecock, Mr. Coffee, Cheez Whiz, unpaired shoes, VHS tapes, extension cord, crutch, a nice piece of toast, safety helmet, unpaired work gloves, aluminum dog bowl
  17. Crossed the Mississippi River: Day 25
  18. Crossed the Continental Divide: Day 43
  19. Number of deer seen crossing road at a deer-crossing sign: 2
  20. First day exceeding average speed of 15.0 mph: Day 33 (15.89)

The List will grow as we accumulate miles; For now, here’s a cool website to make use of your time, and put things in perspective: If the Moon Were only 1 Pixel



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