Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: DuPage County, IL.
1170 miles. travel time depends on roads you are taking. Interstates all the way or back roads?On interstates I figure an average of 65 miles of travel per hour, not speed but overall average for travel time but I do tend to twist my wrist a bit. Back roads usually closer to 50/55 miles traveled per hour. When I have traveled from just out side of Chicago to Littleton, CO. Door to door about 1025 miles and per google maps just over 14 actual hours not counting gas or rest stops (or the time change/gain of 1 hour). I usually stop for the night (interstate riding so I am rolling somewhere between 60 and 80 mph) somewhere near the 630 to 650 mile mark and total time is usually about 10 hours total. Next day is usually a chip shot of just under 400 miles.
Your stamina, butt comfort and don't forget the weather will determine how many miles you will actually accomplish. I stop for gas between 140 and 170 miles, always fill up, get off bike and get something to drink and some kind of protein snack.
weather..ah yes. last year coming home from Littleton I was on the road at 6:30AM Colorado time,a sunny day, my destination was Council Bluffs, Iowa..about 580 miles. Somewhere near North Platte, NE it started raining, not too bad. I stopped, gassed up and put on my rain gear. About 100 miles later I had to get off the road as the rain was relentless.Checked radar and waited til rain had passed, got back on bike and headed east again..actually caught up to the rain. Long story short here, I stopped 3 more times and finally got to my motel/destination at 9PM central time. I had a non cancelable reservation that if I showed up cost me $10 but if I canceled for any reason was gonna be $149.00.
total travel time that day 11.5 hours and I was fairly well water logged.
Looked at Google Maps to see the 1170 miles and 18 hours. That is usually based on "current reported traffic" and it appears as if there is a whole lot of construction (think 1 lane in each direction at 45-55 mph). Yeah, cars are more comfy and you probably can and will go further between gas and rest room stops but the on the road time will be similar. It's the more frequent stops that add time.
...."soak it all in, it's a game you can't win"
Last edited by stilcrazee; 07-18-2017 at 02:44 PM.