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Old 07-20-10, 03:02 PM
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most miles you've ridden in one day fully loaded?

i was curious to hear what the maximum miles people have completed in one day. and what the conditions / terrain was like. i recently had opport***ty to ride solo from sunrise to sunset fully loaded over moderate hills to see how much ground could be covered in a single day.
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Old 07-20-10, 03:04 PM
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Last year I went from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo. It was 110 miles with a few good size climbs. I could have gone more but that got me home so their was no real need to.
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Old 07-20-10, 03:24 PM
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My long one this year was from Siam Rep Cambodia to some small village in Thailand 165km I did it in 8,5 hours riding time (with BF NWT and loaded)
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Roughly 160-170km from Bastogne to Valkenburg, with detours. Ardennes hills followed by river valleys. This followed 120-130 km from Trier to Bastogne. That was a couple of tough days.
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Old 07-20-10, 03:31 PM
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Hear we go again........1000 miles in one day climbing over 100,000 ft.......Now that we got that out of the way maybe you will get real numbers........
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Old 07-20-10, 03:35 PM
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In June, I rode 91 miles fully loaded from Jacksonville, NC (think Camp LeJeune) to Sealevel, a tiny comm***ty with a private campground on Cedar Island. It was flat, against the wind, and, at times, in heavy traffic. I was in the saddle for 8 hours.

For me, fully loaded means 4 panniers, tent and sleeping bag on rear rack, full handlebar bag, and a 2-liter Camelbak full of ice and water.

For those interested, here is my journal entry for that day.

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Old 07-20-10, 03:36 PM
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128 miles on the TransAm in 1998:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=58

Next was 117 miles in Nebraska in 2008:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=76473

I think the defining characteristic in both cases was 1) a strong tailwind and 2) not too many extreme hills.

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Old 07-20-10, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by mvanderk View Post
Hear we go again........1000 miles in one day climbing over 100,000 ft.......Now that we got that out of the way maybe you will get real numbers........
doesn't seem like any of the previous posts are embellishments. last weekend i did 120.5 miles with 35 pounds of gear in upstate new york. i generally shoot for 60 - 75 in a day.
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Old 07-20-10, 03:51 PM
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This question is ALWAYS funny to me. I get this question asked every time I put in for vacation and plan a trip. It was very humbling to find out I can't go as far as I used to. However, my attitude on why I'm going on my next trip has changed. It used to be the number of miles/day. Now it's all about the journey.

When I was younger (1983) I did 120-125 miles/day for the first three days riding from Denver to KCMO...fully loaded (4 panniers, tent, stove, water, food, clothes) on a 1982 Specialized Expedition. Because it was internally wired, I rode quite a bit at night to beat the heat.

My last ride was about 4 weeks ago. I felt lucky to be able to log my best day at 88 miles on a converted Specialized Rockhopper Comp, 4 panniers, tent, stove, water, food, clothes. This ride was from KCMO to Rome, GA. Most days were 60-70 miles/day. I do ride heavy (bike with crap at 90lbs) plus rider at 155 lbs. No night riding this time, either.

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Old 07-20-10, 04:07 PM
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I know I've done at least two centuries (100 miles) on a fully loaded touring bicycle ... both here in Australia, but on different tours. I'd have to look up my logs to see if I've done more.

And of course, there have been the randonneuring events in the middle of my tours, but I remove my panniers for that.
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Old 07-20-10, 04:09 PM
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142 miles on my Santa Fe Trail ride in 2007. That was Springer, NM to Santa Fe, NM and was relatively easy climbing a good bit of the way and one fairly easy mountain pass (Glorietta pass). 116 miles on the Trans America in 2007. That was Murphysboro Lake State Park to Sebree KY and was flat in the beginning with some rolling hills later.

Both fully were loaded. the first was riding with two others and drafting some of the time and the second was solo.

Edit: I had that backwards... the first was riding solo and the second was with two others.

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[QUOTE=jharte;11147059]This question is ALWAYS funny to me. I get this question asked every time I put in for vacation and plan a trip. It was very humbling to find out I can't go as far as I used to. However, my attitude on why I'm going on my next trip has changed. It used to be the number of miles/day. Now it's all about the journey.

yeah i'd probably never plan to ride this distance in a day again but it is useful to know in the future in case cir***stances demand a longer stretch. i never had a chance previously to ride at my own pace all day fully loaded to cover maximum distance.
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Old 07-20-10, 11:12 PM
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207 miles. June 4th, 1992 going from Baker, MT to Mobridge, SD on my first trans-continental trip. I was on the road early and had such good tailwinds I decided to keep going and essentially rode from early morning to almost sunset. My email report from that day:
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I had absolutely wonderful tailwinds yesterday. They were about 15-30 mph
and consistently from the Northwest. I was able to cover 207 miles from
Baker Montana to Mobridge South Dakota. This included one stretch of
20 miles of road construction shortly after Mcintosh. Through the entire
stretch, the road was torn up and had the consistency of hard packed gravel
(I think they had actually sc****d off the blacktop). This stretch was like
an obstacle course with a different obstacle every few miles. First a few
miles of loose gravel spread on the road so the back wheel would sink in.
Next, a few miles with a high berm of gravel in the middle and me on the wrong
side of the road after meeting a grader. After that, there were three miles
where they were watering the road creating a red mud splatter that got over
everything (one leg was literally painted, the other was just spotted).
Most of the finale was a narrow road with all traffic on one half. This came
at miles 156-176 of a long day so it was getting a bit surrealistic.

At about mile 187 it became calm, the tailwind stopped and there were some
bonus hills. Up 200 feet, over the top of the hill and back down. Repeat
five or six times. However, it made for a great day.
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I don't think I'd easily repeat that now even with the tailwinds.
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Old 07-21-10, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by NeilGunton View Post
128 miles on the TransAm in 1998:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=58

Next was 117 miles in Nebraska in 2008:

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/?page_id=76473

I think the defining characteristic in both cases was 1) a strong tailwind and 2) not too many extreme hills.

Neil
This has been my experience...I will have to go back and check my notes, but IIRC we had a single 120 mile day in Nebraska back in 1977 due to very strong tail winds, our worst day was 35 miles in 7 hours due to extreme headwinds and having to pedal DOWNHILL!

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Old 07-21-10, 05:37 AM
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I don't drink any more.
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But then, I don't drink any less...

118 miles, but fully-loaded for me means 2 panniers, bar-bag and tent.

There was energy and daylight left for more miles that day, but no need to go on.
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Hah! I rode ALMOST 100 miles one day on tour this winter...

I was in California but kept my computer on kilometres/hour as it was depressing to be going at less than 5 of anything up hills, and dang I'm just so used to km/h... anyway this day I just kept riding and riding and when I got to my goal, Owl Canyon near Barstow (beautiful place btw..) I'd racked up NEARLY 160 km which I thought is 100 miles.

To get the computer to 160km, I had to do a couple of extra laps round the campsite, and was pretty chuffed at my accomplishment. The very friendly campground caretakers thought I was nuts as it was already after dark...

However, later I found out that 100 miles is actually 160.9344 km! So... I still have to break the fully loaded imperial century!

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Old 07-21-10, 09:26 AM
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141 miles from Spirit Lake ND, to some burg a few miles from Fargo. Bike and Burley trailer loaded to about a 120 pound rig altogether.

Yeah, I had some kind of wicked tailwind that day.
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Old 07-21-10, 09:45 AM
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295 kilometers - from Peace River to High Level, Alberta.
That's 183 miles - yikes! No tailwind,
but many hours of daylight and massive encouragement from black flies.

I just kept on going to High Level hoping to get out of the swamp country.
High Level proved to be not that "high" - excepting the population.
I slept a few hours on a park bench - pestered by drunks.
It never really got dark.
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140kms...uphill [most of the day] on dirt forest service roads running 4" wide tires/8 speed IGH and then a 5km hike a bike over a pass to the other side. Reaching the top made me soooo happy!
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great picture Vik!

Here's one of me after crawling out of Death Valley via Towne Pass (almost 5000 ft starting at below sea level)

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p.s how does one get photos to be big (like yours) not small (like mine) ;/
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115 miles sticks in my mind, relatively flat with little or no wind but it was rather warm, well over 90 deg. and high humidity. It would have been much more enjoyable if the group had started at or before sunrise and not stopped so often to prevent riding through the warmest part of the day but nooooooo, we got a late start and stopped far too many times needlessly. Several in the group were from more northerly climates and didn't fare well with the heat/humidity and had not brought along enough fluids so I ended up sharing, then of course ran low myself. Yea, could have done without that day but hey thanks for reminding me
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155 miles. I was riding through South Dakota in 1983, I had already ridden 75 miles, and was thinking about quitting for the day, when I fell in with another solo tourist who had just started for the day. So I rode with him for the rest of the day, another 80 miles. Pretty sure that's the farthest I've ever ridden in a day, and it was a surprisingly easy one.

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Hubby and I did 100 miles one day - not that we wanted to. We were touring Yemen and ended up in a nasty area and had no choice but to get out! People were throwing rocks off cliffs at us all day so we just pounded the pedals and raced our way out - 100 miles over three passes and did that whole thing in less than 8 hours. Adrenaline was flowing! Had planned to take two days...
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203 kilometres realizing I didn't want to be stuck in downtown Los Angeles on last years Pacific Coast tour. I took a few wrong turns, got stuck in the LAX mess and went up a huge hill, ended up being diverted away from a fire, and kept on going well past Huntingdon Beach.

Then, 5 days ago, 211 kilometres leaving Jasper, Alberta to Carrot Creek Alberta - both times fully loaded w/gear+bike = 120lb.
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