How long does a ride really take vs google maps estimate?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Worroll, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. matkal

    matkal Assault Commuter

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  2. BeachMoto

    BeachMoto Been here awhile

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    I agree 100%, on trip longer than 2-300 miles, average of 50 MPH is about what I have experienced. I have had higher and lower average daily speeds but 50 is a good number to use for planning.
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  3. cyron

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    I have no idea. I usually get lost, I mean I go exploring, I mean change the route on the fly. :D
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  4. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    I used Google Maps last summer to plan a trip to Nova Scotia, over to Quebec City, and back to PA. Two bikes, two couples, sticking mainly to US highways, and avoiding slab riding when ever possible -except in Canada, where there is little traffic. All in all, we covered just over 3K miles in about 2 weeks.

    With gas stops every 100 +/- miles, stops for the occasional pic, and a big lunch stop along the way, Google Maps' estimated 8-9 hours of travel easily became 12! :eek1 How the fuck did that happen? :lol3

    The Qualifier:
    I am no big mile muncher. I could carefuckinless about cranking 600 miles a day, and only really hit the slabs on a distance ride to dramatically speed things up (occasionally), or to transition from one leg of a trip to another leg.

    I was blown away how things dragged out when you toss in the GF and another couple! So I'd say it really depends on your riding style, and who's along with ya. Google Maps does rock tho- I use it often.
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