One frequently asked question when talking about doing a ‘Extended Tour’ on a bicycle is “How many miles do you cycle a day?”
Such a well thought out question, both by the generally interested listeners, and those that have ‘hatched a plan to tour the world on a bike.’
When I tell them I do not have a daily mileage plan, they turn away as if to say I’m now BS’ing about the whole thing.
Do you know how many miles you will cycle a day? Do you? I know I don’t. I plan in to do about 50 miles a day. That’s on an average day. 50 miles? Not a lot really is it? Can do that in your car in an hour and a half, less on a motorbike (if you ride like I do,) maybe even less on a train.
I’m not on a train, or in a car, I’m on a bloody bicycle.
17 August 2005 = Bodenwerder - Germany. Hours: 6.23. Distance: 74 miles.
What a lovely German town this is. I’m camped up on the outskirts, in a small private campsite by the riverside. It’s a 10-minute walk into the town or 5 min on the bike, but with all the gear attached it hardly seems worth the added effort of getting on the bike. I can walk along the river edge until I reach the bridge. Saving all of 600 yards. Hehehe. See you all later. Proper shopping to do.
19 August 2005 Hours: Nil – Rest Day. Distance: 0 miles
Still in Bodenwerder. Campsite filled up fast. Seems there is a local celebration/festival this weekend and people from around the world come to see the festivities and have a party.
Had too many beers when I got here Wednesday night. Well too many to bother getting up early and striking camp, so decided to stay put and have a rest day. Managed a proper cooked brekky this morning, eggs, german style bacon, and some petrol fume flavoured toast (I’m getting the knack of toasting with the coleman now ) Lounged outside the tent in the sun. Clothes washed and drying on a line. Early bed tonight for early strike in morning.
21 August 2005 Hours: Nil – Rest Day. Distance: 0
Really must get going in the morning. Stayed here far too long now – still at Bodenwerder. Started to pack up but got caught up in the party atmosphere here and stayed put again. Plans screwed up for next rest day so I’m just going to have to miss next scheduled and keep on riding. Overspent daily budget. Got to get moving. It’s cheaper to keep moving. Will have to try harder to put in some missed miles also, should be able to go a few hours longer. Next camp will be wild. Stay out of towns during festivals. The locals, and visitors, alike are so so friendly. Got talking to one person, in broken german and english, and said that I was riding from Bremen to Munich. He said ‘Me crazy english.’ A beer, then another followed that. He must have told someone else, because a beer was placed in front of me at the table. Followed later by another. Then another, someone walked behind me. Slap on the back, some glutteral german words exchanged. Smiles, laughs, sign language for riding a bike, a twirly finger beside head obviously to indicate I’m crazy. LOL. Too many beers. Had to sleep. Slept over so stayed longer. 3 bloody days. Definitely not leaving tent area this afternoon / evening. Pack ready to ride….
My Daily mileage plan shot away. When you get to a place and have an unexpected rest day it does throw your riding plan out a bit. I took three days. Yes I had a fantastic experience. Yes, I met some great friendly people, and yes, I would do it again. Next time I will plan on 30 miles a day, and suffer the time delays. If I had planned on 30 miles a day initially I would have been way ahead of myself time wise and not need to try and pedal faster for the next 3 days.
How many miles do you plan on riding a day? How many?
I’ll get in as many as I can, that’s all I plan for these days, as many as I can. There are far too many variables to count on to be able to give a planned ‘daily mileage.’
Apart from that I will plan on more than 35, will aim for 50 but TRY to get in 60 miles a day.
Do you have a planned distance you need to cycle daily?