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How to Burn Calories August 13

What a variety of riding terrain today. We started by crossing the footbridge on I-80, leaving Delaware Water Gap, PA, early in the morning. We wanted to log high miles after yesterday’s short day. After crossing the bridge, we entered New Jersey’s Delaware Water Gap Recreational area and cycled through this effectively abandoned nature ride, with the Appalachian Hiking Trail close by.

Early in the ride, we saw a doe and her two fawns in the woods. This was to be a foreshadowing of deer sightings for the remainder of the day. The riding in the park was challenging in places. There were some steep climbs on this little-traveled roadway. After nearly thirty isolated miles in the park, we reached civilization again and cycled on a smooth road without the type of hills we had struggled up earlier. With this favorable road, we started piling up some mileage, eventually entering New York State in the Tri-State region (PA, NJ, and NY). However, the progress was stymied when we turned onto route 211 and began our long, steep ascent to lunch. We leveled out at Otisville and settled in for some italian food at a local eatery–great fuel for the remainder of the day.

After lunch, we cycled toward Bloomingburg, New York. We traveled up High View road. I suppose we should have known better with a road name like that, especially when it deviated from Old Mountain Road! But our long, hard climb was rewarded with several deer sightings, including some springing across the road in front of us, as well as magnificent vistas from our lofty perch.

The last thirty miles of the day were more favorable, using the higher altitude of midday as a ski slope down to the finish line. The gradual decline in altitude allowed for steady and strong pedal strokes bringing us into New Paltz, NY, by dusk. We were very satisfied with ninety-two miles while also climbing 4,200 feet. My gps indicated 6,900 calories burned on the day. I’m not sure about the gps’s math, but when Debbie told me my supper at the local diner contained only about 900 calories, it made me want to swap the McDonald’s hot fudge sundae that topped off our meal for the mega-caloric chocolate “milkshake.”

Bicycle touring requires a lot of fuel. Debbie and I lost weight during our 2010 tour despite eating large portions of food. It seems we cannot keep up with the required intake. We consider this a side benefit to the touring experience.

4 thoughts on “How to Burn Calories August 13

  1. Judy Jo

    Finally had a chance to look at your blog…beautifully done ! The two f you are such an inspiration to get off he sofa, guess I should have read it earlier 🙂

    Glad you have stayed safe and continue staying safe on your final leg…

    1. Debbie Bishop

      Hi Judy Jo,
      Hope you had a great summmer. Can’t wait to come back to school and show off my weird tan lines! See you soon. love Debbie

  2. Holly Scherer

    That’s a lot of climbs and a lot of calories. The challenge for me is the quality of calories. I imagine it’s much more difficult on the road. I bet you don’t always have the luxury of being picky. I would have to go days without free range grass fed organic GMO free dinners. =)

    So excited to have found your website. Bicycle touring is on our to do list and I look forward to learning from you. Now, where to begin …

    1. Tim Bishop Post author

      You’re right, Holly. It is more difficult on the road to find good food. On prior tours, we viewed just about any food as good food. When you exert this much energy every single day, your body begins to act like a food incinerator, burning everything you ingest into energy. However, we changed our touring diet in the summer of 2016 in Michigan, focusing more on a lower-carb diet. We use a specially formulated energy drink mix served up by Debbie’s cousin, who is a naturopathic doctor. We carried healthier snacks, and we sought out restaurants that would offer healthier food than what we might have settled for in the past. We were fine, but it was a shorter tour than our others. That said, we had to ingest many more calories than we normally do.

      Glad you joined us. Bicycle touring is an awesome way to discover not only what surrounds us, but also what lies within.

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