For those of you who love analysis and the details of such a tour, this page is for you. I have a Suunto Ambit Peak gps watch, so tracking details like exact elevation gain, distance, or time in the saddle (even temperature, check out the second link) are fairly easy to see. I transfer everything to strava too, because they have this handy graph below, where the weekly average is clearly shown (this includes my running too, however). Head over here, if you want to see details. And here, for the original movescount (Suunto’s datalog page) stats. 

But I am a data nerd, so I write everything down in an excel sheet too, showing where we ended up on a specific day, and the amount of chocolate we bought (and eaten, of course). Chocolate is important, y’all. If you want to dig in, you can check it our here. For quick, summarized facts, look to your right (or below, in case you’re using a phone, which is highly likely nowadays). Keep in mind that I updated this stat in 2019 May, in Tehran and it will change once we hit the road again. Be sure to check back from time to time. 

Distance: 12042km

Elevation gain: 116500m

Time in the saddle: 776h 1min

Highest point by bike: 4655m

Cycling days: 243

Time on tour: 17 months

Chocolate eaten: 20400g

Budgeting things

I like to keep track of money, and been doing it before we even started the tour. This is pretty useful to see if we are on the right path in regards to our budget, and gives us a really fast overview of our finances and the areas we spend our hard earned coins. Usually people do this to see where they can stop the cash flowing out, but in our case, we already only buy things we need and spend the minimum amount possible on everything, so I guess this is just for better visuals. I use a neat little app called spendee, which also has a webpage in case you want to overview your finances on a bigger screen, and makes monthly reports by email. I am satisfied with the free version, but if you want extras, there’s a premium option, as with every app in today’s era. 

A little heads up: we started out with around €14.000 (fluctuating, since most of our money is in HUF, which is not so stable right now) after buying all the equipment, and as the original plan was to get as far as possible with these funds, we shot for a rough €10 daily budget, which we more or less kept so far. 

Initially this was meant for food, since you never know when you need some new equipment and there are some unknown costs like visas. We had three main spending in the first year, a multifuel stove, replacing a broken phone and buying new tires for the bikes and still managed to keep our daily average on €10,65, which is quite ok in Europe I think. And no, we don’t live on ramen and rice. I do hope we don’t need to replace big equipments though, they cost a fair amount of money. Sponsors would be nice sometimes.

I only list the five main areas below, but there are more like accomodation costs, or clothes and several others, but they barely make a dent. As you can see, the majority of our spending is on food, and this will stay this way but travel and equipment is rising steadily, especially the latter since we have to replace some parts after more than a year. Hope you like this visual representation. Tell us what you think or if you have some money spending tips!