In the three weeks of the Tour de France, they say that the riders will burn around 124,000 calories. I added up my calories burned cycling so far this year and I'm only up to 70,000. That is for the entire year. Still, that is equal to 20 pounds of body fat, so I can't complain too much. I get to have the occasional bowl of ice cream or can of Classic Coca-Cola without guilt.
Yesterday Peter and I tried out what was supposed to be a 20 mile route that was all bike path (except for a couple blocks on 127th). http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=2799
We got lost a few times and were thrown a curve ball when the path at 135th and Alt-69 ended suddenly, turning into gravel. We tried riding the gravel path for a bit until we were forced to turn around due to construction equipment. Rather than face the nightmarish traffic on 135th at that point, we took the sidewalk on 135th to Metcalf then headed down Metcalf to meet back up with the path by a golf course. The map showed a path all the way around that course, but it actually ends about half way. We decided to cut the ride short and take Lamar down to L.A. Juice and grab a smoothie. Once we made it home we'd put in 22 miles. We'll probably try that route again and just head down 127th once we get to Lamar. All in all a great ride.