Thursday, June 11, 2015

I know (a few) people like my blog posts, and I appreciate all the clicks I've gotten over the nine (!) years of the blog's existence...but writing these things takes time, and I don't really feel like doing it anymore.

Instead, I think taking and posting pictures is much faster, easier, more social-media-friendly (no clicks required!), and encourages more frequent updates. So, I've started an Instagram account, and will focus most of my energy towards that effort: instagram.com/chrisallen_nc
(I'll also cross-post most pictures to Facebook, but probably not Twitter.)

I'll still use the blog for whenever I feel like posting some obscure statistics or something. But, Instagram and Facebook will be the best places to find me. (Still not sold on Google+ - just seems like an extra place to have to post stuff.)

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Bicycling Trip in Asia: Part 2

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I ride my bicycle a lot. It's good exercise, and so to help motivate me to keep doing that, I track my bicycling distance and plot it on a map, as if I were on a long cross-continent journey.

I've been doing this since October 2009, during which time I've "ridden" from my front door to Homer, Alaska (28½ months); across Australia, Sydney to Perth (14 months); and halfway across Asia, Singapore to New Delhi (19½ months). Bicycling is a) still fun and b) still good exercise, so let's keep going!

The second half of my fictional Bicycling Trip in Asia will take me 3,586 miles from New Delhi to Istanbul. All this is part of a lifelong goal of mine to ride my bicycle "around the world", in a manner of speaking: North America first, then Australia, now Asia, then eventually Europe, Africa, South America, and then North America again. If I can maintain my pace from Asia Part 1 (46 miles per week), that would put me in Istanbul in summer 2016.

LAST UPDATE: 26 Jul 2016 - complete!

This Google Map shows my progress. Each placemark indicates one week. Blue route = completed route. The routes shown on the map may not be exact, but are close enough for my purposes.



Part 2 statistics:
Total distance: 3,586 miles
Started 3 Jan 2015, completed 26 Jul 2016
Trip length: 570 days (1 year, 6 months, 23 days)
Average weekly distance: 44.0 miles/week

Time spent in each country: (Part 2 only)
India: 59 days (303 miles, 36 miles/week)
Pakistan: 54 days (364 miles, 47 miles/week)
Afghanistan: 113 days (742 miles, 46 miles/week)
Iran: 203 days (1,222 miles, 42 miles/week)
Turkey: 141 days (955 miles, 47 miles/week)

Weekly trip distances:
0 miles: 0 weeks
1 - 9 miles: 4 weeks
10 - 19 miles: 8 weeks
20 - 29 miles: 8 weeks
30 - 39 miles: 7 weeks
40 - 49 miles: 18 weeks
50 - 59 miles: 20 weeks
60 - 69 miles: 11 weeks
70 - 79 miles: 4 weeks
80 - 89 miles: 2 weeks (max: 88)

Trip log
(Only showing country and state lines, and major cities, to make this log shorter)

3 Jan 2015: Start of Part 2 - New Delhi, India
8 Jan 2015: State - Haryana, India
17 Jan 2015: City - Panipat, India
25 Jan 2015: City - Ambala, India
27 Jan 2015: State - Punjab, India
5 Feb 2015: City - Ludhiana, India
23 Feb 2015: City - Amritsar, India
3 Mar 2015: Country - Pakistan (Province - Punjab)
3 Mar 2015: City - Lahore, Pakistan
21 Mar 2015: City - Bhalwal, Pakistan
3 Apr 2015: Province - Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
3 Apr 2015: Province - Punjab, Pakistan (re-entered)
3 Apr 2015: Province - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
18 Apr 2015: City - Peshawar, Pakistan
21 Apr 2015: Province - Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
26 Apr 2015: Country - Afghanistan (Province - Nangarhar)
26 Apr 2015: City - Jalalabad, Afghanistan
28 Apr 2015: Province - Laghman, Afghanistan
7 May 2015: Province - Kabul, Afghanistan
14 May 2015: City - Kabul, Afghanistan
17 May 2015: Province - Maidan Wardak, Afghanistan
28 May 2015: City - Behsud, Afghanistan
1 Jun 2015: Province - Bamyan, Afghanistan
13 Jun 2015: City - Panjab, Afghanistan
13 Jun 2015: Province - Ghor, Afghanistan
4 Jul 2015: City - Chaghcharan, Afghanistan
19 Jul 2015: Province - Herat, Afghanistan
2 Aug 2015: City - Herat, Afghanistan
17 Aug 2015: Country - Iran (Province - Razavi Khorasan)
23 Aug 2015: City - Torbat-e Jam, Iran
3 Sep 2015: City - Mashhad, Iran
12 Sep 2015: City - Nishapur, Iran
23 Sep 2015: City - Sabzevar, Iran
3 Oct 2015: Province - Semnan, Iran
26 Oct 2015: City - Shahrud, Iran
3 Nov 2015: City - Damghan, Iran
14 Nov 2015: City - Semnan, Iran
21 Nov 2015: City - Garmsar, Iran
3 Dec 2015: Province - Tehran, Iran
5 Dec 2015: City - Tehran, Iran
8 Dec 2015: Province - Alborz, Iran
11 Dec 2015: City - Karaj, Iran
15 Dec 2015: Province - Qazvin, Iran
20 Dec 2015: City - Qazvin, Iran
31 Dec 2015: Province - Zanjan, Iran
10 Jan 2016: City - Zanjan, Iran
17 Jan 2016: Province - East Azerbaijan, Iran
14 Feb 2016: City - Tabriz, Iran
20 Feb 2016: City - Marand, Iran
25 Feb 2016: Province - West Azerbaijan, Iran
7 Mar 2016: Country - Turkey (Province - Agri)
12 Mar 2016: City - Dogubeyazit, Turkey
21 Mar 2016: City - Agri, Turkey
26 Mar 2016: Province - Erzurum, Turkey
10 Apr 2016: City - Erzurum, Turkey
10 Apr 2016: Province - Erzincan, Turkey
23 Apr 2016: Province - Tunceli, Turkey
23 Apr 2016: Province - Erzincan, Turkey
28 Apr 2016: City - Erzincan, Turkey
7 May 2016: Province - Sivas, Turkey
14 May 2016: Province - Tokat, Turkey
18 May 2016: City - Erbaa, Turkey
21 May 2016: Province - Amasya, Turkey
25 May 2016: City - Amasya, Turkey
1 Jun 2016: City - Merzifon, Turkey
5 Jun 2016: Province - Corum, Turkey
9 Jun 2016: Province - Kastamonu, Turkey
11 Jun 2016: Province - Cankiri, Turkey
18 Jun 2016: City - Cerkes, Turkey
18 Jun 2016: Province - Karabuk, Turkey
18 Jun 2016: Province - Bolu, Turkey
25 Jun 2016: City - Bolu, Turkey
29 Jun 2016: Province - Duzce, Turkey
4 Jul 2016: City - Duzce, Turkey
10 Jul 2016: Province - Sakarya, Turkey
10 Jul 2016: Province - Koaceli, Turkey
13 Jul 2016: City - Izmit, Turkey
20 Jul 2016: Province - Istanbul, Turkey
26 Jul 2016: Bosphorus Bridge into Europe (completed Part 2)

Fake bicycling trip history:
1) Bicycling Trip to Alaska (Durham - Homer)
10/8/09 - 2/21/12, 4,628.5 miles, 37.4 miles/week
2) Bicycling Trip in Australia (Sydney - Perth)
2/23/12 - 4/27/13, 2,472.5 miles, 40.3 miles/week
3) Bicycling Trip in Asia, Part 1 (Singapore - New Delhi)
5/22/13 - 1/3/15, 3,902.0 miles, 46.1 miles/week
4) Bicycling Trip in Asia, Part 2 (New Delhi - Istanbul)
1/3/15 - 7/26/16, 3,586.0 miles, 44.0 miles/week
5) Bicycling Trip in Europe (Istanbul - Tarifa)
7/26/16 - ???, 2,575.6 miles
6) Bicycling Trip in West Africa (Tangier - Lagos)
??? - ???, approx 3,900 miles
7) Bicycling Trip in Sub-Saharan Africa (Lagos - Cape Town)
??? - ???, approx 4,400 miles
8) Bicycling Trip in South America, Part 1 (Punta Arenas - La Paz)
??? - ???, approx 3,000 miles
9) Bicycling Trip in South America, Part 2 (La Paz - Cartagena)
??? - ???, approx 3,000 miles
10) Bicycling Trip from Panama (Yaviza - Durham)
??? - ???, approx 4,200 miles