Miles per day ???

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  1. MRKBENZ

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    Hi all
    when planning a motorbike trip i factor in miles per day for comfort and knowing i have to end up either at a camp site or a b&b etc for the overnight, i know in a motorhome you are not restricted in the same way as you can more or less find some where to stop where and when you need or want to :BigGrin:. but whats the average you guys plan to do a day nice and easy ?????? as have just booked my leave today for next year and am looking at maps allready ha ha ha any advice would be great many thanks terry :thumb:
     
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    When going abroad I have two settings.
    Getting there and exploring.
    The getting there mode means 400 miles per day usually. I work on doing 50 miles for each hour on the road. 10 hours on the road with half hour stops every two hours and a 1 hour stop i the middle.

    When in exploring mode usually an hour driving a day or 50 miles thereabouts.

    In the UK I usually just 1 shot the getting there bit no matter how long it takes.
     
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    Dont think there is a magic figure. France ? we get late ferry to Dunkirk. left out of port onto aire on beech and sleep. as and when we awake we set off. if its wet we carry on, iif dry peruse a map and say that looks nice. get there. no more than 2 hrs away. to stay or not to stay????:Doh: you are never far from an aire or safe place to stay. Stay off motorways. look for church steeples always a nice friendly village or small town. sat nav or map. look for a blue blob in a green area,,, its a lake in the wilds. so will have a car park.. thats tonight taken care of.. if we have a destination we plan a route. but not rigid, short trips ? its as far or near nice or not dull or interesting as what you find.. we have a shed with a bed, a kettle and a loo. why do we want to be anywhere. we are always somewhere and bet your life there is somthing you diddnt expect to find.. but thats only my thoughts.
    and what my sweet lady says i can think :Wink::Wink::Wink::Wink::Wink::Wink:
     
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    in my case i tend to travel untill around 3or4pm then park up on a aire. this gives you chance to move on to another one if you find the 1st one full . unless i have a specific place i have to be at i never bother about how many daily miles i do as there is always tomorrow!! if your just going to wild camp along the way then you just park up where you think is safe etc . be advised though, that what can look like a deserted carpark at 11pm can look surprisingly different the next morning when it it has been turned into the local market(ooops!) garry
     
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    As has been said, if travelling to a destination would do 200 - 250 miles a day, but when just touring around anything from 30 to 80 miles, you will soon work out what suits you, we have been motorhomeing for years. Though admit I do like Froghoppers way of thinking, looking for church steeples (church yards can be a source of water if you are desperate) and the lakes for parking up by.
     
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    Much the same here. Never drive at night. Generally parked up by 2 pm never after 4 pm. Have been known to drive for 1 hr in a day and always take a break after 2 hrs driving. If your on a tight schedule and have to be there and back I suppose its different, thank goodness we are never in a hurry now.
    The drive is the adventure...........The destination is to get fuel.
     
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    It depends on your circumstances....if you are working and are on leave, and you only have one week or two weeks...and you need to get to a set camp site because you are booked in......then you get there as safely and as quick as you can.:Wink::Wink:
    Now if you are one of the Silver Campers/a Golden Motor homer/a Wrinkly...then there is no rush........we just set a route with lots of places to stop at, some we stop at, some we don't........
    NO RUSH:Cool:..NO WORK :BigGrin:..
    We may only do just 15km..to..50km...to..100km..to..300km....in a day...We never work to a set km (miles).per day...
    We do travel in the morning......
    If we are heading home and we have an appointment then we quicken up:thumb:
    You have all you want onboard..... .....just a few things you need,.. a place to stop....you may need water...may need a place to empty grey and cassette...that's it...just enjoy what's around you,...Terry if you go slow you will see all ....go fast see nowt. :thumb:
     
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    hi bit like above . these days we never plan . in the past have passed many places that you think that looks nice but dont stop as its only just a few mile from where you stopped lastnight . now we stop , check it out fully . this year we have nearly 6 months to get from santander back to santander .
    avoiding tolls ,motorways . etc . try to al;ways take a small road where ever you can that looks like its going roughly in the right direction . or have an adventure . does it matter where it goes . the best taps ,places to stay are always on that nice road to nowhere .
     
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    If we wanna get there then 400ish miles ( sometimes 500+ if we really wanna get there !! ), but if bimbling we normally plan stops at ABOUT 200 mile intervals

    But to put this in to a perspective that you can relate to, it is far from unknown for me and Woman to do lake Garda in a day on the bike or in the Smart car !
     
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    thanks so much all for your responses found them all helpfull and informative we are both looking forward to the adventure
    regards Terry and Sue :thumb:
     
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    Seriously, best advise I can offer ( for what its worth ! ) is just do what you feel comfy at.

    It took me years to get in to the bimble thing.. still not REALLY there yet but getting better, and woman has at least convinced me to stop for lunch nowadays !

    I spent years doing dispatch work.. A 15 hour drive is an easy sting for me even now, but I know that more than 3 or 4 hours without break is NOT what Maureen enjoys, so I have had to reign myself in to suit..

    And to be honest, I am kinda hoping I will eventually learn that a 20 mile hop is just the same as a 200 mile one if the destination is different to where we left !
     
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    miles per day

    We once rode from Berlin to home (North of London) in a day but I don't recommend that.

    We like to get to the area that we have chosen to ride - so 400-500 miles per day. Once in the area 40-50 miles with plenty of sight seeing and leisurely lunches are our ideal.

    But what ever you do have a great time and enjoy it. :thumb:

    We don't tour on bikes anymore and I miss our bike tours.:Sad:
     
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    like many i drove trucks for a living . 500miles a day is no problem even at the restricted speeds .but that was work .
    m,homeing is a pleasure yes we can all go mental if needed.
    a few years ago i drove from sagres to santander in 18 hrs . and lost all gears except 4th on the way . had to get there my dad had just died . but really dont want to drive like that ,hopefully never have to .
    enjoy the drive its not a race.
    dont set a place. then where ever you are is great.
    you just dont know whats round that corner .
     
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    We usually have a lack of time and need to get there. Tend to leave early (seven ish) and drive 350 -400 miles per day. We stop every hour for a short break and half an hour for lunch.We are usually parked up by 3.30-4pm.

    Would love to have the time to meander through France though.
     
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    Quote from a TV programme .......

    " The plan is ..........................There is no plan ! "
    Like others my target time is 3pm. to sort out a spot to stop, but if I see an attractive place to stay, I will ! Once it was as much as 20 kilometres further down the road !:Rofl1:

    In just over 4 weeks time I will be doing just that starting from Dunkirk !! No rush to head South !:Cool::Cool::Cool:

    For me, the journey starts at Marine Parade with a Macaroni Cheese and chips the night before the ferry !:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    Very true. The reverse is also true. On a couple of occasions on our recent scandinavia trip we stopped in quiet, apparently secluded, rest areas at 4 to 5 pm, but by 10 pm had become totally surrounded by lorries stopping for the night. Not that this caused any major issues apart from the noise of them arriving and in some cases leaving early morning. Many swedish rest areas include loo emptying and water facilities so this gives a false sence of security!
     
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    I've got in mind that it was easier on the bike, keep going as needed or until the noise from behind gets a problem then look for a hotel. There are many many more hotels than campsites, so easier by bike.

    Anyway 300 a day is a good target for a lumbering MH that eats fuel if you cruise over 60. More if you know you have a pitch you can drive onto later.

    I take my hat off to Champers, they did Calais to Marjal with one stop this year.
     
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    You are asking the wrong people....you want the young-ones, the boy racers.... the truckers...people chasing there tails :Rofl1::Rofl1:....not the Motorhomers..Us Silver campers, Wrinklies, steady eddies, Coffin dodgers..:Doh:....
    What's the rush...tiredness,fatigue,stress, heart attacks:Doh:...is something we try our best to avoid...:Doh:
    We try to keep the wooden box/coffin at a distance as far away as possible:Wink::Wink:....so sloooooooooooow down....do not encourage it to come closer.............:Eeek:.....
    Life is so short...don't shorten it:thumb:enjoy it:BigGrin::Rofl1::Rofl1::thumb:
     
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    Yes, we like to take it easy. Even when 'en route' to a far off destination, we still stick to about 200 -250 miles a day maximum. Being retired helps, so there usually aren't any time constraints - we just stop over when and where we like - wild it, on an aire or even a campsite if something takes our fancy.

    Once we are in our chosen touring area we might move only 10 - 50 miles a day. :thumb:

    Mike
     
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    Just a few miles really!
    Drive around a nice area, visit a town or so ,go to the satnav poi and go campsites (downloaded from here) and just let it take me there.
    It`s like a lucky dip what the site turns out to be like--some ok--some good :thumb:
    I do not like deadlines, i do that all week !
     
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