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No worries, thanks for being so polite!

I spose it's perspective. And willingness to suffer. I run 50 miles in the mountains in under ten hours, so biking 100 on road seems like cake. But I still reckon its easily achievable for any semi healthy person that wants to.

I did 3 months in cental america on a wal mart bike in 2018. On riding days I'd average 80-100 miles. 8-10 hrs a day w stops. I'd stop at the beach or the cities for a few days, but generally road 4 days a week. Exhausting, but good.
I also met a lot of other cyclists that easily kept up w me along some stretches.
 
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No worries, thanks for being so polite!

I spose it's perspective. And willingness to suffer. I run 50 miles in the mountains in under ten hours, so biking 100 on road seems like cake. But I still reckon its easily achievable for any semi healthy person that wants to.

I did 3 months in cental america on a wal mart bike in 2018. On riding days I'd average 80-100 miles. 8-10 hrs a day w stops. I'd stop at the beach or the cities for a few days, but generally road 4 days a week. Exhausting, but good.
I also met a lot of other cyclists that easily kept up w me along some stretches.
haha fuckin a man, you're hercules compared to myself then :)
 

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I run 50 miles in the mountains in under ten hours, so biking 100 on road seems like cake.
Fuck yeah! Didn't know there was another ultra runner on here. I'm running a 35 miler in a few weeks.

Its what you want in it. Do you want to chill, move slow, hang out a lot? You can do that. Or do you want to push yourself physically and mentally? Bike touring is an interesting mode of travel because it allows for a wide spectrum of people, since it's a physical activity.

90 a day is reasonable. Challenging, yes, for sure. But if you're pushing yourself this isn't even that high of a number. (Relatively speaking) People have logged 200 plus miles a day for weeks straight.
 

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im definitely not trying to piss on ya'lls parade or anything, 90 might seem reasonable to you, but i think the average person is not going to come anywhere near to half of that in a day. especially just starting out. i won't keep bugging folks about it here, but i just want people reading this to have realistic expectations so they don't set themselves up for failure.

i've said my opinion tho, i won't beat a dead horse anymore :p
 
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The guy who set the record for the TransPanAmerican route recently did 120 mile days with 4 hours of sleep each night (for over a month straight), with occasional micro-naps throughout the day. He also used a lighter top-end carbon bike and frame bags. So I'd say people that have been cycling for a long time can do a great deal more than we'd think. I'd say for the average person (with no experience) they are going to do 30-50 miles a day.

My recent coastal tour was my very first bike tour and before that I'd never ridden more than maybe 15 miles on a bike. At first 30 miles was the extent I did. But even that got harder and harder as it becomes an endurance game over multiple days. After a week I was up to 40-50. Not long after that my range was 50-60. I did have major pushes once my legs were stronger though. After I learned the sweet sweet magic of the WarmShowers app, it became easier for me to push. Like, do I want to stealth camp on the side of the road tonight or go somewhere with a hot bath, free food, and a cozy bed? Such a dream can push a person to pedal 80, 90, and even 110 miles. For me, at least. I had some experience long distance hiking prior though, so I knew how to count my calories. Stretch while I eat. Have accessible snacks while riding. Stay perfectly hydrated with electrolyte powder in all water. Etc.

It's definitely tough, but I can see how after several more tours that might be a reality for me.
 

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Heck yea, Dumbass! I dont talk about running bc its boring to everyone else!
Which 35? Ive got the Behind the rocks 50k lined up in Moab in 2 weeks. Such a amazing course! If youre ever in CO or UT Mad Moose has the best races.
 

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This was my rig in CA for 3 months. 50 dollar bike, my pack literally bungeed to the rack. Other cyclists were apalled.
 
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@MFB I seriously almost signed up for that!! I'm doing Nine Trails in Santa Barbara. Same day, that's rad. We'll both be running at the same time.
 

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@MFB I seriously almost signed up for that!! I'm doing Nine Trails in Santa Barbara. Same day, that's rad. We'll both be running at the same time.
Just googled, looks dope, man!
You'll have a blast. Check out the Superior trail race in MN. That's most desired on my list. Looks amazing!

Sorry to fuck this biking thread into running!
 

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It's more like ten hrs days but I don't count off for breaks . Sometimes I smoke more hash than others. Lunch may be longer. But you start rolling and stop ten hours apart.
And yeah 96 in one days on a 3 day trip but you figure I went like 36 the first day, 96 the next and like 82 the last to get to Shasta.
Right now I'm doing 34 average a day. MckinleyVille to the bay...but with a lil more stuff. Mainly just fighting winds and hills to the coast and beer breaks do slow me down. Starting around noon. Vice versa tho biking up hwy 97 I have never done a 96 mile day. Most times are windy in central Oregon and that's a gradual uphill. Really shitty to be fighting head winds the whole way up a gradual incline . There is no escape. But may this time north for me there will be .Oh there will be.
Again tho averages can throw you off. If I did a good route and did couple days over 100 .that would help the average more to the point of 90. Right now if I do 80 miles 2 days in a row. It will throw my average off so far.
 
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@BikePunky EXACTLY! It wears the soul down.

@george990 I section hiked and worked at a lodge along the trail.
By the end I was really starting to dislike hikers. Like Bikepunky stated- you'll tire of the gear talk and miles, what you're eating, etc. Etc. It's becomes a psychosis.
I think a lot of weekenders just get caught up in the details, like a kid who just started college talking like a pretentious 19th century academic, fast forward a year or two and they typically level out.

Except weekenders stay weekenders for the most part
 
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Like a few others mentioned, I wouldn't worry about how many miles you're clocking if you are having a good time. Comparison is the thief of joy, right? That being said, I used to do 40 - 50 miles a day when I'd load up my bike and take it out for a couple weeks. Just enjoy your time and call it good.
 

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I used to average 60 to 80miles a day, depending on the weather. I’ve done multiple triple digit days in a row, but they were after I’ve already clocked 2k.
I would wake up around 4:30 in the am and get moving around 5 or so. I did this in the hottest day’s of summer so I could try and push out 60mi before noon, then rest till maybe about 4, then clock another 20. Most I ever did in one day was 125 from between dc and bmore to philly. (That beat me worse than Ike beat Tina)

I was fully loaded and was in relatively good shape when I started, by the end though, I looked on drugs skinny, but could finish in the triple digits three days in a row.

So it’s definitely possible
 

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So I just had to check and I could hardly believe it myself, but my bike tour was 2,500miles (not the part I couldn’t believe) and I did it in roughly 74 days (<— totally didn’t expect that) I didn’t set a time limit so I didn’t even count the days. I just figured it took me three months

I only count moving miles (what my odometer read) and not miles traveled by any other means. Raleigh-rocky mont nc, Elizabeth city nc-Virginia beach, and Zanesville oh-Athens oh. All which I used other than bike powered travel.

I stayed in places for a long time and I though I rode very slowly and took my time in places.

Y’all can check out the travel blog @ highonwheels.tumblr.com

Also check out the documentary ‘Inspired to Ride.’ Mike hall makes it across the US from Oregon to Virginia in 17 days. No, I’m not fucking kidding, the man was literally, a pedaling machine
 
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