Biking Maine to Minnesota By The Numbers

Our route through the USA and Canada
  • Total cost: $6,843 (Our costs include some expensive items at the beginning of the trip like attending Brown reunion)
    • Food: $3,293 – 48%
    • Miscellaneous: $1,637 – 24% (Miscellaneous includes shipping our bikes and belongings, bicycle repairs, gear, Eric’s phone plan, firewood, and other random stuff we bought along the way)
    • Accommodation: $1,306- 19%
    • Transportation: $315 – 5%
    • Entertainment: $292 – 4%
    • Bribes: $0 – 0%
  • Average cost per day: $79.57 (we finished $1,757 dollars below budget, which means we have even more extra money for the Asia portion of our trip!)
  • Number of days: 86
  • Number of countries: 2
    • USA – 77 days – $6,127
    • Canada – 9 days – $618
  • Number of states: 13 (PA, NJ, NY, CT, RI, MA, ME, NH, VT, ON, MI, WI, MN)

Biking

  • Total cost while biking: $4,121
  • Average cost while biking: $69.85
  • Number of states: 8 (ME, NH, VT, NY, ON, MI, WI, MN)
  • Number of days traveling by bicycle: 59
  • Number of rest days: 7
  • Number of mosquitoes: approx. 23,938,346,321
  • Total number of miles biked: 2,394.1 (When were planning our trip a quick Google Maps search suggested it was 1,500 miles to travel from Maine to Minnesota by bicycle. We calculated an average pace of 30 miles per day should take us 50 days with 9 rest days. In the end we traveled 900 extra miles and still had more time than we needed.
  • Average miles per day: 40.6
  • Number of nights in tent: 41
  • Number of new bicycle parts acquired: 4 (all for Jess)
  • Number of tube patches: 3 (all for Jess)
  • Number of bike shops visited: 3 (all for Jess)
  • Place that surprised us the most: Northern Wisconsin. We were surprised by how beautiful and peaceful it was there. We really enjoyed biking through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
  • Places we wouldn’t recommend: The upper peninsula of Michigan. We had heard so many great things about this area and we can imagine it is great for many recreational activities, but biking is not one of them. Our time in the UP was spent biking along a busy highway without a lot of pretty views to redeem it. We did enjoy the smoked fish and opportunities for stealth camping, but would not recommend it for bikers.
  • Things we learned to appreciate:
    • Good food and variety
    • Strong, warm showers
    • The ability to escape the rain
    • Grocery stores
    • Wide road shoulders
    • Paved bike paths!
    • How little stuff we need
    • Mosquito nets and permethrin
    • Cool breezes
  • Things we will miss:
    • Being outside everyday
    • Exercising everyday
    • Sleeping in nature
    • People stopping to talk to us
    • Moving under our own power
  • Things we will not miss:
    • Mosquitoes everywhere
    • Sitting on a bicycle seat for four+ hours a day
    • Biking on gravel roads
    • Biking next to large trucks
    • Gas stations as grocery stores
    • Constantly being covered in sunscreen

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