Even though I've never participated, I've always liked the notion of loading up a sturdy bike and roaming the countryside. I tend to view it like a man on a horse 150 years ago making his way across country. Maybe a bit overly romantic, but I'll bet it's not far off. I'm more of a sailor than cyclist and like to take my boat all around the Caribbean basin. It's a similiar self-contained experienced. When sailboat guys get together they always compare daily distance numbers: how far did you go in a 24 hour period - stuff like that. For a boat shaped and rigged like mine it's 180 miles that denotes a good day. What do good touring riders do in a day if their only goal is to cover distance? I know you are not into it as a race. But if you decide to go for a destination with little regard for what's around you at the moment, what can you do for mileage. Please give age as this has to be a critcial factor.