# How far could the Persian couriers travel in a day?

Couriers biking in relays might go 1,677 miles (2,699 km) in seven or nine days on this path. A single courier could cover about 250 miles (402 km) in a day.

In fact, they could go as far as 575 miles (939 km). The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus wrote that the Persians used couriers to send messages "anywhere within their own country or beyond it." This means that they could carry messages over very large distances.

Herodotus also told us that each messenger cost the king his empire. So we can assume that these men were well-paid. But we don't know how much money there was in ancient Persia. We do know that gold was very valuable, so perhaps the couriers were given lots of it. Or maybe they were given land or other goods instead. Who knows? It was probably a pretty good job for a guy who wanted to make some money but not lose his life.

The average speed of a modern bicycle is 20 miles per hour (30 kph). So the Persian couriers would have covered a lot of ground. In fact, according to Herodotus, they could go from Athens to Sparta in less than two weeks.

## How long would it take to walk from Germany to China?

It's been 168.5 days. That's assuming you walk at a 3 mile per hour pace for 10 hours a day. The distance between the two locations is 5055 miles, which would take 1685 hours to walk. Edit: As pointed out by u/tommy_the_tiger, you can cut that time down to 1443 hours if you travel at a walking speed of 4 miles per hour.

If you took a train instead, it would take about 29 days. A bus would take 40 days, and a plane only three days.

Here are the details of how many minutes or hours you would need for each mode of transportation to cover the distance between Germany and China:

Flight: 3 days

Bus: 40 days

Train: 29 days

Car: 60-80 hours

Bike: 90-110 hours

Walk: 1443 hours

The fastest way to get from Germany to China is by flight, which will also be the most expensive. A ticket on the average-sized plane will cost you about \$1200 round-trip with any major airline. By comparison, the second-most efficient mode of transport, the train, costs about \$240 round-trip.

## How far can you travel by bike in a day?

A person can ride between 56 and 60 miles in a day on average. Alternatively, 90 to 96 kilometers. For you, it may be a bit more or a lot less. It all depends on your body type, how much rest you get, what kind of food you eat, etc.

The most important thing is that you have fun! If you enjoy yourself, the distance will not matter. You can always go farther if you need to. Some people even say that the way life treats you doesn't matter, only your response to it. So, don't let anything stand in your way!

You should plan your trip around where you want to go. If there's something specific you want to see then check its proximity to other places. Also, consider the amount of time you have. A long trip requires more preparation than an afternoon ride. Make sure to pack enough food and water for your journey.

If you're just going for a leisurely ride then you can go as far as your body will allow. However, if you want to cover a lot of ground in a short period of time then you'll need to be a little smarter about your route planning. Use things like wind speed and direction, how many hills are ahead of you, how long does it take to reach different landmarks, and so on.

## How far could a stagecoach travel in one day?

Approximately 60 to 70 miles. Drivers would stop at noon for food and rest the horses. Some roads were better maintained than others, so drivers used these as reference points to know how far they had traveled.

Stagecoaches were made of wood with metal bands around their bodies to protect the road underneath. They had four wheels and a box body where passengers could sit or stand. The driver was located at the front left side of the coach and had control of the team of six horses that pulled it. He could also steer from here if need be. Behind him was a door for entering and exiting the coach. On the right side as you face it there are two more doors, one for the passenger entrance and another for the cargo area. At the back is a door for the driver to enter and exit.

Drivers usually started out early in the morning before sunrise when the roads were less crowded. They would drive all night long until dawn when they would stop at some small town to have a meal and water the horses. Then they would continue on their journey.

Some roads were improved so drivers would travel at a slower pace during daylight hours. These were called "post roads".

##### Roy Erickson

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