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post #1 of 32 Old 06-02-2011, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Miles per day.. and duration?

How many miles can you reasonably run per day on a trip and still enjoy life?

I'm leaning toward 400-600 depending on the road/weather for extended days. I don't want to over do it and end up making it a test of will ya know?

I know peeps do a ton more on 1-2 day trips but i'm thinking about sustained riding. Say 7+ days in a row.

I know there are ton of guys running long trips on here so I'm curious what you aim for when doing routes.
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Shoot for 8-10 hrs/day in the saddle IMO. Miles are less important than hrs. Typically that will be about 300-500 miles.

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After several 1000+ mile per day rides, I think 600 miles per day is plenty. If you happen upon something interesting along the way forget about the mileage.

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I think that all depends on where you are riding.
If you are pounding along in the Prairies it's not hard to keep up longer higher mileage days.
On the other hand if you are prowling the back roads in Southern British Columbia or Northern Idaho, you'll find yourself way down on daily mileage.

Wrestling a heavily laden bike through twisting narrow roads is sorta tiring and you may opt to slow down and enjoy the 8 to 10 hour days like eye. surgeon said.
The guys pulling big miles are going somewhere. They aren't touring any more than a long haul trucker.
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They aren't touring any more than a long haul trucker.
I like that... and I like the time frame more than the miles thing too. That makes perfect sense.
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miles per day

It's different for every rider, most everyone can comfortably do 300 mile days, some can do 1000 mile days, not many.

On some rides going for distance is cool, but if the scenery and roads are excellent shorter miles may well make for more memories.

Take a look at the iron butt site, lots of good statistics there.

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I think it also depends on whether you're moteling or camping -- and -- whether or not you have a predetermined (reserved) stopping point for the night.

Camping probably reduces the available riding time by as much as an hour per day. The teardown in the morning and set up in the evening just takes more time than walking into a motel room and shutting the door.

Having a reserved stopping point (either a Motel 6 or KOA, it doesn't make a difference) dictates the end point for the day. Having one eliminates the time involved with finding a place to stay once you decide to stop. However, it eliminates the flexibility for schedule or route changes.

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How many miles another person can do in a day is about as meaningless as asking how fast people can run a mile. All that matters is how many miles YOU can do in a day. The variables about the types of roads and how often you stop to enjoy the scenery are valid but the bottom line is your personal physical condition.

My suggestion would be to go out and find out before you schedule 7 consecutive days of it. Head out the interstate for about 250 miles, or the secondaries for a couple of hundred, turn around and go home. When you get there you'll know how many miles YOU can do in a day and that's all that counts.

I'd also strongly recommend a day off in the middle. Seven days straight on a bike is a long time, especially if you've never done it before.

For me it's about 700 on interstates or 400 on secondaries.

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For me, I usually make the first day the longest day (700-750 miles) and then drop that down to around 400-500 miles after that. But I agree that it completely depends on where you are riding. Interstate is easier to get long milage days, twisty secondary roads you will be lucky to get 300 miles. As eye.surgeon said make it about time not miles, 8-10 hours will be plenty.

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