I just finished a 2,500 mile tour, and rarely rode more than 55-60 miles per day. My record was 74 miles, and sometimes I rode only a half-day, covering roughly 35 miles. My relatively low mileage occurred partly because my level of fitness wasn't up to par when going over mountains. The main reason, however, was because the lower mileage, and thus less riding time, enabled me to enjoy immensely every part of the trip: every experience, every person I met, every place I saw.
In contrast, I met a number of cyclists along my route who only bragged of their extreme mileage (by my standards) but failed to tell about the things they saw or people they met. Did they really take the time to see and explore?
I cannot tell you how many times I stopped to chat with someone, or explore an interesting town I came across, etc.
The main thing to remember, I think, is that the journey is yours. If all you care about is making miles (I would respect it but not envy it), then do what you need to do to get in shape to ride them. But I think it's far better to think of your tour as not only riding the bike with its physical challenges, but also a time to explore the world in a unique way, up close and personal, on your bicycle machine.
David in PA
Last edited by David in PA; 08-31-05 at 04:51 PM.