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Old 07-18-18, 07:24 PM
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Hi guys,

Going on my first tour. I've planned 8days for about 550 miles. Across Midwest US. Just wondering is that is feasible? I'm not planning on it being a necessary relaxing, cruising trip. But I just want to make sure I'm not over my head. I've only done one night little trips but can bike 100 in a day w/o too much pain/sorness. I've got a quality touring bike, good components.

Also any tips? Don't have a schedule really. Planning on camping at state parks or preserves as much as possible but know that isn't always feasible. Any experience with wild camping in midwest US?

Thanks guys,
Noah
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Old 07-18-18, 07:49 PM
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That's 69 miles per day not including little side trips to camping, food, etc. Seems high for a first tour but only you know if you can do it.
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That might be a great schedule for you, if you're young. I was on a tour by myself once in 1990 when I was young and found I needed to up the mileage per day because I was getting lonely, and time in the saddle alleviated that.
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Wow, I'm completely lost on this one. To begin with, why would you want any pain or soreness?? What are you trying to prove and to whom? This doesn't sound like a tour, but a race. Have you done any training for this daily high mileage? What happens if something happens that holds you up? Are you going to increase the mileage over the following days or just extend the "tour"? This doesn't sound like a tour to me. A tour is supposed to be enjoyable. The average tourer does about 45 miles a day.
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Oh yes some context would help:
I'm 22, bike almost everyday to work/gym/store ect, in very good fitness and health, and am biking to a family reunion/vacation. Worst case scenario my family picks me up on their way if I don't make it.

​​​​​​I like challenges and biking 45 miles a day would be miserably boring. From what I've seen touring looks very different from folk to folk. I was just wondering if 70 miles a day was doable or if anyone had done something similar. Thanks guys for your responses.
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Originally Posted by Ngmitch15
Oh yes some context would help:
I'm 22, bike almost everyday to work/gym/store ect, in very good fitness and health, and am biking to a family reunion/vacation. Worst case scenario my family picks me up on their way if I don't make it.

​​​​​​I like challenges and biking 45 miles a day would be miserably boring. From what I've seen touring looks very different from folk to folk. I was just wondering if 70 miles a day was doable or if anyone had done something similar. Thanks guys for your responses.
Does not seem unreasonable. Just remember that a tourer's biggest ally is flexibility. A stop for a few pics, a nap, to have a long lunch, talk to a stranger, is all part of the experience. If you just ride with your destination in mind, you may miss out on quite a bit
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Originally Posted by Ngmitch15
Hi guys,

Don't have a schedule really.
This is the attitude!!!! Have fun!!!!
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Seems that if you are going to a planned event that you do have a schedule. You have to arrive in time to attend the event, whenever that it.
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