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Old 04-01-09, 02:40 PM
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How many miles can one realistically expect to put in during a 5-7 day period? 100 per day? Is that doable?
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Last tour 502 miles in 8 days.
62.75 mile per day average
30 mph Headwinds, 300 Miles Chip Seal Roads, Hills.
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I did 100 mile days for the first few weeks across the US. It gets harder when you add in delays like thunderstorms. It is also very hard if you are cycling with company. The more people you ride with, the more fun you will have, the later you will party, and the less you will ride during the day. And lastly, it gets harder as the days get shorter. By September, my mileage was limited by hours of daylight. And of course, you have to be fit to a certain degree obviously. In the distance forum, new guys always make a big deal about their first century, training for months around that one ride. You are planning a century every day.
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Originally Posted by 50 Mission Cap
How many miles can one realistically expect to put in during a 5-7 day period? 100 per day? Is that doable?
Lots of variables... Touring, or just riding? Supported or unsupported? Carrying how much? Riding just to cover the miles as a challenge? Taking it easy and smelling the roses?

In any case yes 100 per day is very possible. It is a lot for enjoying a loaded tour, but I would think that it wouldn't require a huge effort or an elite athlete especially if sagged.

Sixty miles per day carrying all our gear allowed a good bit of smelling the roses on a 73 day tour. There was probably a few weeks we averaged over 80 miles per day while still not killing ourselves.

If I were going to do 100 miles per day for 5-7 days loaded or not I would probably have to train for it. Then again I am not exactly an elite athlete.
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Yep, depends a lot on how much stuff you carry, how hilly the roads are, wind and weather and so forth.

You also need to allot time to set up camp, break down camp, cook, eat, buy food and water, take in the sights and so forth.

And of course... what's the rush? YMMV but I'd rather take my time and enjoy the ride rather than crank out 100 miles because I want to cover a round number of miles per day....
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Depends. If you're Kent Peterson, 200 miles a day is not ridiculous. If you're me right now, 20 is a stretch. Most people seem to be happiest somewhere in the 40-100 range.
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Well,

Let me explain a bit more...

I'm a principal at a HS in Kansas City. I'm working on my masters for the next two summers at Notre Dame. I get out of school on June 9th and need to be in South Ben on the 17th of June. My friend is taking all my school related materials. I'd going fairly light - clothes changes, tent, pad, sleeping bag, toiletries, water, tools, etc. The problem is that I have to be there on the 17th...
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what are your daily and weekly mileages like now? can you ride consecutive easy centuries and adequately recover? will you have any issues with your hands, ass, feet, etc?
june is a while aways. you could certainly build a lot of fitness before then. i say go for it. you can hitch a ride or hop a bus or train if you need to bail out, no?
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Old 04-01-09, 04:34 PM
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How old are you?
How much riding have you done?
Have you toured at all before?
Can your tush handle that long in the saddle?
Mountain bike or road bike?
With panniers or without?
Fairly level terrain or mountainous?
Smelling the flowers or not?

Lots of variables.
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Its only 550 miles from Kansas City to South Bend and if you start on the 10th that gives you 8 days so about 70 miles a day. That's very doable if you are reasonably fit. Give it a try and if it looks like you might not make it just get on a bus.
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Pretty flat, 550 miles, yeah very do-able. Maybe not a real smell the roses pace, but reasonable. Even an old guy like me could do it in 7 or 8 days
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If you set a goal of 50 to 80 miles a day, you've got something workable. This gives enough time to deal with emergencies on the road, rest breaks or setting up camp early enough to allow a relaxing evening. If you're averaging 10 miles an hour (which is reasonable with a loaded bike) you'll have enough time to cover your distance, take a break and stop to find shade during the hottest and sunniest time of the day. You also are allowing yourself time if something breaks down. Covering 100 miles in a day is possible, but what happens if you have a malfunction near the end of the day, when it's getting dark?
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IMHO 100 a day is a race and not a tour no matter what the conditions. You need to be able to take the time to see what there is to see along the way and not just get from point A to point If the object is to do 100 a day then I'll do 100 mile loops around my home and save a ton of money.

But to each his own.
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Originally Posted by 50 Mission Cap
Well,

Let me explain a bit more...

I'm a principal at a HS in Kansas City. I'm working on my masters for the next two summers at Notre Dame. I get out of school on June 9th and need to be in South Ben on the 17th of June. My friend is taking all my school related materials. I'd going fairly light - clothes changes, tent, pad, sleeping bag, toiletries, water, tools, etc. The problem is that I have to be there on the 17th...
It sounds workable, if you can do at least 80 miles at a go and 150 miles in a week. If you can do 80 miles back to back, you're probably way past golden. You want to be a trifle stronger than strictly necessary for a long miles day, but you don't *need* to be set for 500 or 600 mile weeks beforehand.

Even if your body is up for less, it can work. Just make sure you have a solid plan for how to bail (probably Greyhound). Stuff happens... maybe you have a week of nothing but rain and are miserable. Maybe it's a bad fall. Since you have a deadline, you need a backup plan.

Also, June isn't really high summer. Watch the weather reports, and if it's shaping up to be chilly make sure you have warm things. A thin wool sweater's weight won't kill you... but the lack of it will make you miserable or hypothermic if it rains all day and is 50F out.
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Old 04-01-09, 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted by jabantik00
what are your daily and weekly mileages like now?
The original question is one that typically has the answer customized for each person based on past experience.
550 miles in 8 days (or 7 days with an emergency day) isn't out of normal range, but it may still need to be customized a bit per person. I've known people for whom that would be too much and others that might be bored.

Over time, I've done my own week long tours at varying rates from 1200 miles in 9 days (including one rest day) or 150 miles/riding day down to 350 miles in 8 days or 40 miles/day. My last trip over Christmas was right at the range above of 550 miles in 7.5 days.
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If I had a choice between Greyhound and waterboarding -
I might just pick waterboarding - Greyhound truly sucks.

Fortunately, in the Midwest you have a lot of Amtrak routes.
If you plan your bike route to intersect with a number of these -
Then you will have no worries about getting to South Bend.

Three Amtrak routes intersect your planned route -
1) Quincy, Macomb to Chicago
2) Springfield, Lincoln, Bloomington to Chicago
3) Champagne, Rantoul, GIlman, Kankakee to Chicago

The Amtrak trains that run these routes allow unboxed bikes on board.
(300-numbered trains only)
If you have to, you can take the train to Chicago,
then connect with the South Shore line to South Bend.

Yes, you can cover the mileage in eight days -
But things out of your control can crop up.
Like, if you remember last year - Indiana was deluged with rain in June.
Of you could eat some disagreeable food and be barfing for days.
So, if you are on a tight schedule, it's always nice to have a back-up.

Here is the link to Amtrak's Illinois/Missouri and City of New Orleans/Illini/Saluki service -
https://www.amtrak.com/servlet/Conten...Schedules_Page

Here is the Missouri DOT website that gives you traffic volumes on the "Lettered" county roads -
(Click on the appropriate district)
https://www.modot.org/safety/trafficvolumemaps.htm

Here is the Illinois DOT website that gives you bike route suitability -
(They tend to be overly cautious in their categories)
https://www.dot.state.il.us/bikemap/STATE.html
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I'm pretty new to distance riding, but here's what I've discovered so far:
Like everyone has pretty much said, it all depends on the rider. I am looking at starting a tour soon as school gets out as well. I plan on doing 666 miles (yeah, I know) in 7-10 days and I've been doing longer and longer loops around my city on my days off to get a feel for the distances. I started at 40 miles because it seemed on the low end of what bike tourers commonly do. It was a lot easier than I expected, and almost too short, eventually I just worked up to 100. For me, butt time in the saddle was more of an issue than leg endurance. After about 20 miles or so I get locked into a real steady cadence and I pretty much feel like I can go indefinitely. I haven't done 100 mile rides on consecutive days 'tho and I'm not sure how much my endurance would diminish day after day. I've I noticed that the more I ate and drank during the ride the easier it became. (I'm sure there are diminishing returns here) Also, having the pixies discography on my mp3 player helped loads. One thing's for sure 'tho. I'm getting a new saddle and probably some better quality padded underdrawers (or maybe even those fruity bicycle shorts you guys love so much) before I try to tour doing 100 mile days consecutively.

anyhow that's a fellow beginner's $.02

e: oh yeah, and I found I can go longer distances in less time if I keep close tabs on the wind forecast. I've started at 4am a few times because the wind does not usually pick up until about noon here.

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Originally Posted by jamawani
If I had a choice between Greyhound and waterboarding -
I might just pick waterboarding - Greyhound truly sucks.
you would not pick waterboarding. our government is guilty of some pretty heinous crimes. don't make light of it.
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What really helps me get the miles behind me is an early start. I like to get on the road just before sunrise. I get up early each morning. Some food and coffee and pack up camp. I like to ride for a few hours and then I'll find a little mart or local dive for breakfast number two.... Good break point. Then I'll get back on the road and before I know it it's break/lunch time and 50 miles are behind me.... repeat... and repeat.

Your going to have the benefit of long daylight hours. Pacing yourself is really helpful. If you start early you wont have to beat a clock.

Like already mentioned...... something unplanned can happen so a backup plan is a very good idea if getting to your destination at a certain time is important.

With a reasonable base mile fitness level you will do great. Having a great time.
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Originally Posted by 50 Mission Cap
How many miles can one realistically expect to put in during a 5-7 day period? 100 per day? Is that doable?
It depends of your style of travelling:

I can vary from 40 km up to 220 km per day. So 220 km are doable. With sight-seeing 80 - 100 km per day is a realistic distance in hilly areas.

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Originally Posted by Newspaperguy
If you're averaging 10 miles an hour (which is reasonable with a loaded bike) you'll have enough time to cover your distance, take a break and stop to find shade during the hottest and sunniest time of the day.
I often hear this 10 mph average mentioned. I have to wonder about it. Do folks actually average that for their on the bike time or for their all day including stops time?

I don't consider myself a speed demon, but for on the bike time the conditions would have to be pretty challenging to average as low as 10 MPH. My average seldom goes that low even in the mountains. If you count time spent eating lunch, stopping to take pictures, stopping to shop or get a cold drink then 10 MPH average starts to sound more reasonable.

When riding with a small group like I did on the TA we tended to go faster than I would solo, with flat stretches often being at 18 or so (sometimes slower or faster depending on mood and wind). When riding with such a group the breaks tend to be longer too though so the total day average including lunch and other stops might be close to 10 MPH.

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Originally Posted by Leroy Diplowski
I'm getting a new saddle and probably some better quality padded underdrawers (or maybe even those fruity bicycle shorts you guys love so much) before I try to tour doing 100 mile days consecutively.
Fruity bicycle shorts beats getting fruity boils and blisters on your butt.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
I often hear this 10 mph average mentioned. I have to wonder about it. Do folks actually average that for their on the bike time or for their all day including stops time?
For me, I occasionally time myself on a known route or two, and I usually come up with 12mph, whether I'm loaded or not. I don't keep a computer on my bike tho. In terms of figuring how long it takes to get places in practice, 8 or 10mph lets me ballpark things pretty accurately. If I budget time like I'm going 8mph, I won't be late.

Would I really ride that slow on open road with no stop lights? Probably not. But it's a decent ballpark for getting things done on a bike, and even a novice rider can maintain that pace.
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At 60+ years and hauling 40 pounds, I'm very comfortable at 10 mph solo. Strangely, I'm also comfortable at 12 mph with a touring partner. Always faster with a partner. Group psychology in play.
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I take enjoyment seriously on tour. I could ride more miles in a day, but I wouldn't enjoy the experience as much. Others get depressed if they feel like they've slacked off during a day. If you've toured much you probably know into which camp you fall.

I tend to settle into a daily average of 50-60 miles, after some early short days (25-30) to get myself acclimated to the tour.
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