Statistics update: 20,000km from UK to Livingstone

It’s nearly the end of 2010 and I’ve just hit 20,000km – time for some more statistics. Now according to my original plan, I should be in Cape Town by now, having covered that far. But the best thing about plans, like rules, they’re made to be broken.

So Happy Christmas all. Greetings from Livingstone, Zambia!!

Kilometres cycled: 20,033
Kilometres paddled: 350

Days since first leaving the UK: 524
Nights spent in Africa: 436
Nights spent in Africa without paying for accommodation: 260
Most consecutive nights in a tent: 39
Days spent cycling: 227
Number of days cycling alone (on this ‘solo’ adventure): 102
Most consecutive days without using the bike: 25

Average daily distance cycled (cycling days only) in kilometres: 88.3
Average daily distance cycled (rest days included) in kilometres: 37.8

Number of countries travelled through: 20
Number of times I have crossed the Guinean border (legally or otherwise): 8
Number of trains taken: 3 (Mauritanian iron ore train, Booue to Franceville in Gabon, Kaniema to Lubumbashi in DR Congo)
Number of buses taken: 1 (Kumasi to Accra, Ghana)

Most kilometres cycled in one day: 178
Biggest hill cycled up: 1609m
Maximum recorded temperature I have cycled in, in Fahrenheit: 111
Top speed in kilometres per hour: 69

Most consecutive days without a shower: 15
Most consecutive days wearing the same bike shorts without washing them: 12
Number of hot showers in Africa: 13

Number of snakes and scorpions seen (alive): 19
Number of snakes seen in Cameroon and Gabon (dead): 20
Number of termites embedded in my leg: 1
Number of termites eaten (with chilli): 344
Mosquito bites: 1849*
Most sandfly bites at any one time: 369*

Marriage proposals: 35*
River Crossings (by boat): 17
Most books I had in my panniers at any given time: 15
Most currencies I have carried at one time: 9 (pound, dollar, euro, rand, CFA, Guinea Franc, Leone, Ouguiya, Dalasi)
Cycle tourers met in Africa: 7
Number of puncture repair patches used: 4
Number of times I have worn a bike helmet: 2

Accidents caused: 2
Number of times I have fallen off: 2 (Senegal, DR Congo)
Number of times I have been hit by passing traffic: 1
Dead people seen: 3 (bike accident in Morocco, hit and run in Sierra Leone and Nigeria)

Times I have been given incorrect change: 51*
Bribes demanded (excuding DRC): 3
Bribes demanded in DRC: 28*
Bribes paid: 1

Holes in my Icebreaker top before throwing it away: 134
Pairs of sunglasses lost: 4
Flip-flops broken: 6
Different stoves used: 4
Laptops broken: 1
Bottles of suncream used: 5

Mayonnaise sandwiches eaten: 92*
Bananas eaten: lost count
Most mangoes eaten in one day: 7
Most melons eaten in one day: 2

Books read: 57

Beers drunk: 793
Average kilometres cycled per beer: 25.3

And some DR Congo specifics…

Kilometres cycled in DR Congo: 2051
Beers drunk in DR Congo: 268
Different types of beer drunk in DRC: 9 (Primus, Tembo, Simba, Turbo King, Skol, Doppel, 33 Export, Heineken, Castel)
Average kilometres cycled per beer in DR Congo: 7.7

(* denotes an estimate)

4 Responses to “ Statistics update: 20,000km from UK to Livingstone ”

  1. How lovely to hear from you on Christmas day. I have just had a good laugh reading through the stats. Not sure whether it’s the stats or the port and brandy but all very amusing. By the way I’ve always found a port and brandy to be a good cure for seasickness and it works quite well for a hangover as well. Happy Christmas Helen. It will not be the same in Livingstone but have a lovely day. Never been able to keep an accurate count of beers drunk. Were any of yours drunk on the bike? Keep safe and happy.

  2. Happy Christmas matey chops!

    Good to see your stats update.

    Nice to think you’ve now cycled the full distance you set out too…and nice to think you’ve still lots to see and do before making it to Cape Town.

    Russia’s going ok. Had words with the boss the other day about possibly leaving in the spring, but I’m undecided. They were keen for me to stay on and suggested if I wanted a break, then they’d look to get a temp replacement.

    To make the Russian winter psychologically bearable, Al and I have booked a 2 week Caribbean adventure at the beginning of Feb with the aim of bumming a lift of a boat and slowly travelling down the grenadine islands in the southern Caribbean to Grenada; Bliss I hope! Al’s bro may also be joining us, my sailing mate Ross could be in the region…and I think and hope Donna maybe getting interested in joining in too, so could be quite a party!!!

    I’m back in the UK for a few days in sunny and a scattering of snowy Suffolk for Christmas. Heading back to Moscow on Wed (29th), then I think the family and I are off to Switzerland for a couple of weeks at the beginning of Jan, so the time should pass quite quickly to the beginning of Feb.

    Right, I don’t think there’s too much more to report on here (primarily coz I dunno what’s going on too much myself).

    Happy travels matey, and I hope to pop over see you again fairly soon!


  3. Totally agree about the port and brandy Clive!!
    Wotto, leave in the Spring, we need you!
    Lloydy, what’s your latest eta for Cape Town?

  4. great stats Helen, had a good laugh.
    Your reports without them were sort of … dry?
    all best

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