Trip Statistics

Daily Distances: 
The histogram shows the distribution of daily distances ridden. The days on which we rode 40 km or less are not what we’d really call “travelling days,” but are more the type of day on which we get ourselves to a particular target destination. Sometimes the days of only 10 or 20km involved getting to a ferry or doing local sightseeing and errands.

The distances of 70110 km form the crest of something resembling a normal (or is it poisson?) distribution, tapering to the right at our record 177 km day. This longest day was in a crosswind in Xinjiang province, China. If you look at the photo of me with the two Uyghur fellows upon our arrival that evening at their construction camp, (Desert Winds) you’ll see one very tired old lady.

Elevation Profile:
Chris created the profile above from the GPS data he collected. For sections where we were being transported by taxi, bus, or boat, the GPS sometimes wasn’t in operation, so Chris approximated the route on the Garmin world map.

Somehow, we managed to take “other transportation” downhill more often than uphill. Oh well ….I guess it was good for the old legs.

The bump at about 1,000 km is the passes of northern Thailand. The peaks between 2,000 and 3,500 km is the hills of Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. You can see that when we were sent away from a politically sensitive area (Goodbye Yak Butter Tea) and took a bus to Chengdu, we dropped more than 1,500 m. Shaanxi and Gansu provinces involved climbs, and there was a drop to below sea level in the Turpan Basin of Xinjiang at 7,000 km. We confess that we took a taxi 2,200 m uphill on road under construction in Kygyzstan, as we dashed from Osh to Sary Tash  and the Tajik border. The highest peak at  4,655 m is Ak-Baital Pass on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan (10,000 km). The taxi ride (in red) from Khorog to Dushanbe lost us 2,500 m, and took us over three major passes which don’t appear on the profile, not to mention saving us from possible hold-up by corrupt army patrols. Turkey (14,00016,000 km) has some pretty high country, but the bus to Ankara in the middle of that section also lost elevation. In the scheme of all our ups and downs, the pass that took us across the Austrian Alps (18,500 km) was really pretty inconsequential!

We travelled for 325 days. Although we were equipped to camp, we stayed in a wide range of accommodation from hotels to hostels to self-catering apartments, or in the simple homestays in Central Asia which are part of their community-based tourism initiatives. We were invited guests in Tajiksitan, Turkey, and mainly in Europe where we have a number of welcoming friends. We camped a total of 53 nights. In China, camping only became an option once we reached the desert regions. We camped most often in Turkey, in both absolute and relative terms. We were there in August and September, and the terrain was inviting. The “other” category involves sleeping (or trying to sleep) in places such as on boats or buses, or on the floor of a ferry terminal.

We’ve been home just over a month, and we’re really appreciating our own comfy bed.

M & C

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