[Bike] – Road trip to Beaumont, by bike

Final exams are done. Like final final exams. Didn’t want to think too much about it, so road trip! Taking my mind off of it and physically distancing myself away from my worries.

While the idea sounds very random, road trips don’t just happen spontaneously on demand. Some planning needs to be done if you want to go there and come back in one piece without giving yourself a heart attack. Guilty >>> (link: Sherwood Park) (link: St.Albert)

Oh well 😛

Good news! This one was planned awhile back and was ready for execution 😛

Bad news, this will be a short post because everything went nicely so there’s not much to write about.

Oh well 😛

The plan:

The execution:

Not bad eh? Just as planned. Getting good at this 😉

Performance data. I am surprised by how consistent the data is despite the incline. I am riding on the road so the dips are caused by red lights. Anyways, photo time!

Haha I really like these “Welcome to” signs. Even though this one looks kind of crappy and welcomes me into a huge chunk of farmland.

So farms really do look like that! I’ve never seen a farm in real life. Why are they red?

Did I mention that I really love “Welcome to” signs? I think I’ll start taking these shots with the method of transportation that I used to get there. In this case, my GT Avalanche 2014.

Fancy looking stuff

Can’t see an end to this road. Good view!

While I was in awe of the view, I decided to fuel up a little. According to my completely scientific calculations (read: gut feeling), my human fuel requirements are as follows:

One mouthful of water every 15km

One energy bar every 30km

Beaumont is 30km away from Edmonton, so that means it time to snack!

The return trip

LOL this wouldn’t be a Jacky’s trip without some curve balls.

Headwind – straight on. I was traveling north and the wind blowing south. * (remember the * means insert your favorite swear word) (link: trail biking) Jacked up my energy consumption enormously and I was feeling empty 10km in on the return trip. It doesn’t feel good, but according to experience, I know I’ve still got some mileage in me before my body gives me the “final warning”. Given the head wind situation, I dropped my gear ratio from 44:15 to 32:18. This allowed me to increase my RPM back to the efficient level of around 100rpm. Sure I was still going a little slower, but I wasn’t burning myself out.

Got home in one piece, but what followed was me making dinner the fastest I’ve ever made it.

Lesson: over pack food a little bit

Other than that, route wise, it worked out very well. The planned route was also very bike friendly too!

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