It was a year ago that I wrote that fateful cheque (yes, they still exist in France) and bought myself some speed, AKA the Bianchi Infinito. Since then, the two of us have seen some good times – most of them recorded in this blog – and we’ve also been together for 10,000 km (rounded down this time) as of today.
10,000. Sounds so big, and it is for me, considering the most I’d done before shaving my legs was around 4000 km.
I thought it might be fun to find out how far 10,000 km is anyway. Google Maps tells me the following.
- Leaving my front door and heading east, I’d end up in Kathmandu, Nepal after 10,000 km.
- If I decided to go south (and take a ferry across the Mediterranean) I could make it to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
- If I wanted to do a trip in North America, I’d still need to ride an extra 1600 km as filler, after going from Key West, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska. Wow.
- For my fellow Gaspesians, that’d be exactly 500 times around the river!
And since this is the first year I’ve used anything other than a spreadsheet to record my distance, here are a couple of extra stats from the Bicycling.com Training Log that I’ve been using.
- Number of Rides: 162
- Hours in the Saddle: 400 (about 17 days)
- Average km/h: 25
- Lowest Monthly km: 200 (Nov, 2010); Highest Monthly km: 1400 (June)
Some more statistics:
- Number of Flats: 1, incredibly (this number does not include a couple that were completely my fault by pinching the tube when changing that first flat..).
- Number of Falls: 0 (with many close calls at high speed, I might add…wood, wood, I need wood!)
- Number of Approving Comments on the Bike from French Riders: a couple. Mostly, they are far too cool for that.
- Number of Above Total Hours I Would Trade for Anything Else: zero. I really love to ride that bike!
This whole year has been transformative (more on that when I get reflective sometime in December) and definitely one of the most fun and interesting in a while. Thanks Bianchi; you were worth every hard-earned Euro.