Before I did any kind of serious touring, I had an impression in my head of how fast I would travel each day with my loaded touring bicycle. Interestingly, the various people I've talked to about touring have pretty much the same impression.
What I thought, and what other people have assumed, is that a cycle tourist, riding a loaded touring bicycle over varied terrain and in varied weather conditions, should be able to cover 100 kms a day in about 4 hours.
I discovered that was not even remotely true. It took me closer to 8 hours a day, and on some occasions as much as 10 hours!! Although that did include at least an hour for lunch, and a couple short breaks to use the toilet or pick up something to drink, it was otherwise pretty steady riding.
I'm just curious ... for those of you who have toured frequently, did you find that it takes a lot longer than what you expected? Can you cover 100 kms in 4 hours with a loaded touring bicycle? Am I just incredibly slow?