United States : report

A second country is over! Canada and United States were by themselves almost a third of the journey. English language is now behind me and I am starting a brand new step in the Latino-American world. I went from one extreme to an other in United States, from mountain to desert, from heat to frost, from pristine air to forest fire. Two months of travel with Jörg finished near Yellowstone, and after a month by myself on the road, I am pleased to greet Pablo, who is joining for the next adventures from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Thanks to Arkel for contributing for a set of panniers for Pablo!

Numbers and letters

United States
From August 31st to November 11th 2012
73 days which 48 of them spent on the saddle
4033 km, odometer’s total : 8579 km
37 crossings of the Continental Great Divide
3 flat tires
16 days waking up in a frosted tent
84 km per biked day in average (55 per total day)
Average speed of 16,8 km/h
Biggest day: 128 km
Shortest day: 37 km
Fastest day: 23 km/h
Slowest day: 9,5 km/h
Maximum speed reached: 73,5 km/h

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A small city giving hope

I was mentionning in my article about Colorado how Gunnison impressed me by its sustainable development initiatives. My host in this little student town was Tawny, a young woman well involved in her community. On the five to six thousands inhabitants, about 2.000 are students. That gives quite a young demographic to the city! Tawny works for Wilderness Pursuit, an organization that gives the opportunity to students to participate in outdoor’s activities and rent equipment for camping, hiking, climbing and biking at minimal cost.

Tawny gave me a tour of her university campus that recently implanted a free bike system, managed by the library. A book and a bicycle for 48 hours, they are borrowed with the same card! The objective is to encourage the students to move around the city on bicycle instead of by car, and eventually acquire their own bicycle.


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