Our 2015 European cycling trip led us on a long and strenuous journey from Oslo to Athens. As we begin a journey through another continent, we reflected a bit on our accomplishments in Europe – where we stayed, whom we met, and how far we traveled.
And so, to whet your inner data nerd palate, we give you some fun statistics from our European adventure:
7,000km/ 4,350 miles– estimated distance rode throughout our journey. We don’t use a bike computer so this is our best guess using Google Maps.
148 – # of different places we called “home” for at least a night.
95 – # of kilometers for our longest distance in a single day. Duino, Italy to Piran, Slovenia with an unnecessarily long detour near the northeast Slovenia border. A close second is 90km in Denmark.
37: Number of cats Jen pet.
35: Number of dogs Dave pet.
16: # of countries visited: (in order) Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Greece.
15 – Longest # of kilometers pushing bikes uphill on rocky paths. Sometimes, the shortcut isn’t always the quickest route.
15 – # of ferry rides: Sweden (4), Denmark (1), Germany (1), Czech Republic (1), Croatia (1), Turkey (4), Greece (3).
14 – # of lbs of sheep and goat poop consumed by Sora.
10 – # of warmshowers.com stays.
9 – # of things lost: a hat, two mirrors, Jen’s wallet, two pens, headphones, a towel, and a dog water bowl.
9 – # of veterinary visits: Norway (1) – EU Pet Passport, Germany (3) – Cancer surgery and examinations, Bulgaria (2) – Rabies vaccination, earache, and government export papers, Turkey (1) – titer test and EU import papers, Greece (2) – EU export documentation, Argentina import papers, and an exam.
8 – # of months riding. May – December.
7 – longest stretch of days without riding. Bodrum, Turkey and Kos, Greece via ferry.
7 – # of stray animals rescued: Bosnia (1 puppy found in a ditch), Macedonia (3 kittens found in the trash), Turkey (1 dog rescued from a water trough), and 3 turtles slowly crossing the roads in Albania and Turkey.
5 – # of items almost left behind: tent footprint, bike shorts, regular pants, tent poles, and a water bottle
5 – # of falafel consumed by Sora from Dr. Falafel in Lake Ohrid.
4 – # of kilometers “cycled” in our shortest day. Thanks Bulgaria for your Eurovelo marked goat paths in the mountains.
4 – # of days without showering. Turkey is a large country and we had long stretches with accommodations.
4 – # of times Jen claimed she wanted to throw her bike in a ditch due to wind or pushing up goat paths.
3 – # of tablets lost, broken, or replaced.
3 – # of stolen credit cards. What a pain in the ass.
2 – # of flat tires: one on Jen’s bike in Turkey and one with the trailer in Albania. Both related to staple-like punctures.
2 – # of mechanical failures. Two separate Shimano chains decided to go kaput with failed or locked links. Also carry spare emergency quick links.
1 – # of times we stayed at the same hotel as the Albanian national football (soccer) team. We were annoyed that we couldn’t get our room until 7pm after a tough day on the road, but in honor of football, we let it slide.
1 – # of crashes. Dave fishtailed and bailed off the bike on a rain-drenched downhill in Bulgaria. No major injuries to the bike, Dave, or Sora in the trailer.