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Old 03-10-2013, 11:32 PM   #16
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Google is pretty close!! I did a long trip from my place to Montreal, some 3700 kms away, and the trip planning I did on Google map was only a few kms off and a few minutes off from my GPS, which is set to take data only when I'm moving... Ditto when I came back, that time through the States...

Have fun planning you trip!!
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Old 03-11-2013, 12:04 AM   #17
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I usually figure 50 mph average when planning trips.
I'll ususally cruise at 7-10 mph over the speedlimit.
Sure on freeway sections with nothing to see or do your average goes up but if you have a pasenger or are sightseeing, 50 mph average is it.
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Old 03-13-2013, 07:52 AM   #18
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I agree with the above statements regarding being faster than predicted on backroads.

I've found that, when slab is involved, my time vs. google time departs with mileage. Under 100 miles I am always early. Between 100 and 600 I am about on time. Over 600 miles I find myself taking longer stops, so I start to fall behind.

I have yet to make it from DC to LA in 38 hours.

(I'd love to try )
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:51 AM   #19
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Slab: Pretty close when I do about 8-9 over and some leisurely gas and maybe a rest stop now and then.

Non-slab: Same as above with some short stops to snap photos.

If I want to get somewhere and only do quick stops for gas then I beat the Goggle time estimates but the amount varies by road/traffic.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #20
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I agree with the past couple post. 50mph is a good average when figuring time, 200 miles is 4 hours. Take into consideration fuel stops, tolls, traffic and a bathroom break and it usually averages 50mph.
I'm not a marathon rider anymore and don't ride non stop and never take my helmet off. I take my time and still get the miles in................
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:07 AM   #21
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If i use the google estimates, I arrive early.
Try this: http://michigan.aaa.com/page/TripTik...444&stateprov=

This is an excellent tool for mapping out trips and for me it's more accurate and more user friendly. And no, you don't have to be a AAA member
For instance; on a trip to Dallas from MI, it was spot on. We did take the cage though.
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Old 03-17-2013, 06:48 PM   #22
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I agree with the past couple post. 50mph is a good average when figuring time, 200 miles is 4 hours. Take into consideration fuel stops, tolls, traffic and a bathroom break and it usually averages 50mph.
I'm not a marathon rider anymore and don't ride non stop and never take my helmet off. I take my time and still get the miles in................
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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Old 03-18-2013, 05:15 AM   #23
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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.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:23 AM   #24
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I agree with the above statements regarding being faster than predicted on backroads.

I've found that, when slab is involved, my time vs. google time departs with mileage. Under 100 miles I am always early. Between 100 and 600 I am about on time. Over 600 miles I find myself taking longer stops, so I start to fall behind.

I have yet to make it from DC to LA in 38 hours.

(I'd love to try )
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! How the fuck did that happen?

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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