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E=MC2 or how Albert Einstein would create enough energy to cycle to Tierra del Fuego


It’s difficult to imagine how much energy we burn in pursuit of this quest for the holy grail, but it must be at least equal to what a MACK truck consumes hauling across the continent. On top of that we must satisfy our body’s nutritional needs to keep us healthy; as well, the avoidance of stuff that doesn’t do us any good. This trip has been an education for Olivia and me and one of trial and error. Because of the scarcity of nutritional supplements along the way we have had to implement strategies and planning to keep our butts in the saddle. If you are 21 then Coke and Bimbo bread can fuel you most of the way but when you happen to live in a geriatric body, it is a different story.

There are soooo many diets and nutritional philosophies floating around out there and we don’t want to offend anyone who is on the cheezwhiz and wonder bread diet, we will deliver our own version of what works and doesn’t for us. After you have been pedaling a while you eventually realize it is a special set of circumstances. Not only do you have to crank it up every day, you must content with combat fatigue which is why we have learned to let go and relax into the trip, to allow some other force to deliver us safely. So whatever your belief system is, it takes some tweaking along the way because it is not exactly like driving to the mall and back to the couch to watch TV, more than likely the Vancouver Canucks playing.500. What is their problem this year? They’re probably eating too much grease and drinking non fair trade, non organic coffee chased with a Readbull. How did you get me off topic? Okay, don’t get me going on Andre Agassi and his new book. Telling the truth causes way too many problems. Just remember that when you write your own memoirs, and then no one will freak out.

You don’t really want to know everything that has ailed us along the way. There have been various infections, a constipation, not enough constipation, yeast overflow, acid reflux, toe fungus, heat exhaustion, amoebas, etc, but no heart transplants. Then there is this little issue of both creating and conserving energy, and it really is no fun being stuck in reverse, especially when climbing the mountains.

Olivia and I went through and barely survived the sugar, carb and caffeine phase of our tour, mistakenly thinking that whatever we put into our mouths would be harmlessly burned off. This is a big fat no for us. The coffee, Gatorade, ice cream, bread, cookies and pastry diet had to go. Say no to sugar and salt and anything else white. Since our skin is no longer white, we chew on each other without side effects.

Well, what do we eat? Lots of protein, maybe too much; eggs, cheese, beans and tortillas for breakfast every day. We ask for everything possible without salt because it appears to be central to local cuisine everywhere we go. Our other main meal is either meat, chicken, fish, fried bananas, anything with veggies, beans, and any version of salad they have. Ninety percent of the choices are fried in cheap, processed, and sometimes old vegetable oil. To get around that the stewed stuff is our option. Beverage of choice is always water and lots of it to flush the copius quantities of salt Does this diet get boring? Ya, sometimes, but then we remind ourselves that we are spoiled western brats who have always had the luxury of choice. There is also the wisdom that one should be happy with whatever he gratefully receives.

Garlic, the holiest of them all, deserves a paragraph all its own. We travel with a mesh bag full of this sacred root and our theory is that when the garlic goes in, everything not invited into our bodies goes out. We are quite spectacle in whatever comedor we have stopped at as we pull out the bag and start to peel, creating a small mountain of peel on the table. We have created a new obsession as at least 5 or 6 cloves go down with every meal, and meals are noticeably lacking when we forget. The odd thing is, the more we use, the less aroma we create. Or so we think! Then after our meal, we ask for a lime and three glasses, two without water and one with. Really precise! Then we start preparing our MMS potion of lime juice, MMS and water. This takes almost five minutes and as if we don’t appear crazy enough in our cycling clothes and gear beside us… Then Olivia has to gag it down, as she has a big hate on for this stuff. Good thing I don’t smell like MMS. Just garlic!

During the day more often or not, our pit stops are at a road side coco stand where we practice our religious electrolyte replacement. Coco milk is truly nectar of the gods and then we get to eat the innards which is beautiful and healthy stuff itself and one of the best sources of healthy fat on the planet.

The litmus paper is for measuring the PH level of our bodies. To better understand this process, if you are interested, go to: www.ajpip.com/recourses/measure_ph.htm. We use diet, MMS, cider vinegar and baking soda to regulate PH levels. If you are unaware of the effects of over all health due to acididy, google it for this vital info.

To sum up, we keep our diets as pure as possible and have learned the hard way that sugar (pure white death) and white flour, salt, margarine and oil, are all obstacles to ending up in Tierra del Fuego. Just remember that if you do this trip you aren’t sleeping on an A/C bus; you are riding a bicycle for a living.

This was to be the part where I rant about vegetarianism. But I am going to save you the aggravation. Please permit me to say that it is strongly recommended not to undertake such an arduous journey under the influence of this philosophy. For twenty something years I was a veghead / vegan and I know a little about this issue. Okay, that didn’t offend anyone, did it?

The following is a list of stuff in our supplement cupboard (when you can find it):
• Vitamin C powder
• Green algae
• Cider vinegar
• High quality probiotics
• Oregano oil
• Grapefruit seed extract
• Stevia sweetener
• Whole salt
• Electrolytes
• Calmag
• Glucosamine
• Baking soda
• MMS
• Litmus paper