In less than fifteen hours we'll be pedaling on down the road to Haines. The day before any big trip like this is spent packing, re-packing, talking about gear, looking over routes, discussing what a 70 mile day will be like compared to a 100 mile day, and drinking beer--err, I mean hydrating and getting precious, much needed extra calories into the metabolic reserves.
All this gear must be loaded into one of four panniers,
a handle bar bag, a saddle bag, or a trunk bag.
I drove part of the Alaska Highway in 2006 when I PCS'ed
The stretch from Delta Junction to Tok will be all new.
And none of it have I seen from a bicycle.
If I average 12-14 miles per hour and ride for seven hours, I'll burn 4700 calories.
If I average 10-12 miles per hour and ride for seven hours, I'll burn 3500 calories.
Essentially riding 10-12 miles per hour for 1 hour burns 50 calories.
This is according to a calorie calculator.
I've learned through ski racing you can ever really replenish what you're burning. It's a lot of crazy science, I think. Especially when referring to the 40,000 calories I burn nordic skiing 100 miles. That's a deficit your body just won't replace. All you can do is bring enough fuel to feed the beast (note: Pringles not pictured, those will be purchased in the future from various gas stations and trading posts).