Okay, simple problem...maybe if you are one of those people that can sit around doing nothing all day long it won't sound like a problem. This does sound like a stupid question but I'm a little stumped right now and trying to come up with a solution before I have to deal with the problem.
I have a couple of simple problems, one I'm in shape and two I'm in shape. Sounds retorical(sp?) but I mean it quite seriously. This past summer when I went on my tour everyday was pushed for one reason or another. I knew I had a deadline for getting to western Ohio which I didn't quite make so I called my mom and her and my brother met me about 80 miles from her place and picked me up so I could get to her place that evening, pretty much a requirement. The second leg I knew I was trying to get the roundtrip leg to St. Louis back to my mom's place before the remenants(sp?) of Hurricane Issac made it into Ohio. The final leg coming back to NH I was trying to continue my nice stretch of dry riding weather and until I ended up coming down with a case of the stomach flu a little over half way home I was maintaining the pace that would have gotten me home before the rain arrived.
I was averaging 113 miles a day over the course of the whole trip. Like I said, I'm in shape. My longest day in western NY/PA/northeast OH was 172 miles and the second longest day of the trip, two days after the stomach flu hit, was going across PA heading back home and that was 146 miles.
This coming year my challenge is to change everything around for the entire year with the first qualifying criteria being I'm not going to ride a single 100 mile day all year long. So far in 2012 I've rode at least 100 miles in a day on 95 days. I'm hoping to hit 100 days of 100 miles or more a day before the end of the year. Yes, I over 20,600 miles so far this year. Next year, with all my challenges I'm hoping for 25-30K miles.
With all the extra time while touring next year, what do you guys typically do with the extra free time when you're stealth camping every night. As it was this past summer I was typically getting on the road around 8-9AM, mid August-mid September, and depending on the day I was either riding all day until around sunset or I would end up taking 1-2 hours off at a McDonalds along the way and get online for a while and end up trying to reroute the ride to make it shorter/take less time to get to where I was trying to get to. I was normally getting into town around sunset and then spending the evening at McDonalds on Google Earth looking the town over for a place to stealth for the night and then wait until it got dark enough to set up camp.
I know this coming summer their is a very good chance I will be going through far more remote areas, midwestern US, than anything I saw this summer. How do you kill massive quanties of time while on tour? I can easily see while in the midwest being on the bike 4-5 hours a day and have the rest of the time free with nothing anywhere around to occupy the time.