Above is a screenshot of my bike miles spreadsheet. I enter the current odometer reading, and the spreadsheet kicks out all those numbers.
I only had enough time before the snow hit to ride the Backsafer (my first recumbent bike) for 330 miles in 1998, so to figure the annual averages, I start with the 1999 year's mileage.
The Rans Vivo, arrived March 24, 2000. and on the last ride, it had 42,733 miles on the odometer. Sad to say, it is now gone. It will be sorely missed... On May 23, 2009, it was destroyed by a head-on crash with an All Terrain Vehicle that was being driven on a NON-MOTORIZED bike trail. See the pictures on the "Bike Crash!" page, it's not pretty...
May 1, 2010 was a fun day for me. My wife and I rode to Charlevoix and back home for a round trip of 63 miles. That was the first time I have done my favorite day ride since the 2008 riding season. I was only able to ride 1002 miles during 2009 because of all the injuries from the crash (see the "Bike Crash" page). Also on the same ride, I passed the double Equator (49,804.8) overall mileage, and my wife saw her odometer hit 10,000 miles! It's a little bit fun seeing the odometers counting up all those miles.
I think we bought her Burley late summer of 2004. Oct. 5, 2021 Donna saw her odometer hit 40,000 miles! (See the picture on the "home page"). August 26, 2022 my Streetmachine odometer hit 45,000 miles, and just an hour later, Donna's Burley Django's odometer hit 42,000 miles.
Here, I am including a screen shot of her section of the bike miles spreadsheet:
According to a NASA website, The distance around the world at the Equator is 24,902.4 miles. Starting out on 9-26-1998 through May 31, 2017, I pedaled 3 times around the world (74,708 miles). So far, I've pedaled 98,002 miles, (equal to 3.935 times around the equator) and to reach my new fun goal of (equal to) four times around the world (99,609.6 miles), and after that - another 391 miles I will hit 100,000 miles. I'll just have to keep on pedaling...
Since that crash, I've ridden my current bikes (Street Machine & Turner Long) 48,894 miles. I feel like it's quite a personal accomplishment, late in July of 2009, no one knew if I would even walk again, much less be able to work or ride a bike again.
I am so thankful that the Lord God that I beleive in has healed me so well that I can go out and really ride again. I missed it like crazy during the summer of 2009. The time spent with the wheelchair, walker, and cane was not fun.
But as of 2010... Bikeman is back!
I will try to update this page often during the riding seasons. Well, if I can stay off the bike long enough...
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