Day 90. When I started this adventure I arbitrarily guessed I should be able to ride across the country in about 90 days. Now I am convinced I could have done it if the ride was not interrupted. I was in extremely good shape when I aborted the trip to seek treatment. The roads I have been riding on since I resumed are some of the best on the trip and I could have easily continued with the type of mileage I was riding when I left off.
That being said, my attitude for the second stage has been a little more relaxed. For the most part I have not tried to push myself as hard knowing I have no need to hurry. Unfortunately for my crew that means they have less time to dawdle around during my shorter rides.
Today I rode into Gainesville Florida and decided I was done for the day. A special thanks to Jack Kohn who bicycled along with me and showed me some short cuts to and through Gainesville. My crew was exploring sink holes so while I was waiting I treated myself to a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream worth 1080 calories. My ride only consumed 1160 calories so I can only eat 80 calories for the rest of the day, that’s not even enough for a light beer.
Day 90 Stats: Rode 39.03 miles at 12.5 mph, Max=16.9 mph, Calories 1180, Ave heart rate=113, Max heart rate=139, Ascent=600′, Descent=502′, Max elevation=201′, Min elevation=44′, Ave temp=56 degrees. It was 44 degrees when I started out this morning. Riding time= 3:08 out of 4:14. Total trip miles=2869
Caloric priorities can be tricky, especially when it’s ice cream vs beer. You should have ridden longer for more choices.