I wanted to know how much distance can the man and his daughter cover in a set amount of days, say 30.

The conditions are:

  • When they start traveling they don't have any food or water, which they get in the next town they came across.

  • They don't have money enough to buy horses.

  • Both the man and the girl were perfectly healthy before the start of the travel.

  • During the travel the girl is severely hurt quite a many times which resulted in heavy blood loss and weakness. The father essentially had to carry his daughter from the tenth day.

  • During the first third of the travel they travel through mostly plains. Let's assume during this period the daughter and her father are perfectly healthy. They get to see one town once in every three days and four days alternately(This is just an assumption, I know towns are not usually placed in a fixed distance).

  • They are still on the run so they hardly stay in any town more than they need to, just to spend the night.

  • During the starting of the second third of the travel the girl gets hurt. The father always carries her daughter, as she is in no shape to walk. They travel through some hilly areas (not mountains, just some rough terrain with a little elevation similar to plateau). Towns and cities to refill their food are scarce here. So the father start to starve to save food for his hurt daughter.

  • During the last third of their travel the girl start to recover a little. She could walk on her own but not much. So for the large part of the time the father still have to carry her daughter. They again start traveling on the plains and have enough towns to refill their food stalk.

  • Also during this whole travel the father hardly got any sleep when they had to sleep out in the open.

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    $\begingroup$ This does not seem to be about world-building. However, I would say that the way to work this out would be to assume the father is always carrying the child - even when the daughter is walking, she will be slowing her father down because she will not be able to walk as fast. $\endgroup$
    – Lee Leon
    Sep 8 '17 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ This isn't a question about creating a world or the implications of a world that you've build. The question is dependant on multiple narrative events. If you are unsure what makes a question too story based, read this meta question to get a better understanding. $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Sep 8 '17 at 13:23
  • $\begingroup$ Olga the thread you mention deals with travel distance when horses are in picture. In my question there are no horses $\endgroup$ Sep 8 '17 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Calling your plot points constraints doesn't change the fact that your question is too story based. $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Sep 8 '17 at 13:46
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    $\begingroup$ "As far as they need to", it doesn't actually matter, they travel as fast as they can for 30 days which puts them a significant distance from where they started. Since they can't measure accurately, there's no reason for you to do so. $\endgroup$
    – Separatrix
    Sep 8 '17 at 14:34

15 miles a day, for sustained travel would be impressive for a man carrying a 60 pound child on his back. I very much doubt the child would survive if she were "severely hurt" and then strapped on his back, fully exposed to the elements. Since you seem to believe that "plains" is an adequate definition of the terrain, without ANY mention of the weather, then I'd suggest you need to do more research on what long distance travel (by foot) means. At "7 or 8", the child's pace would be almost certainly slow the adult. I've been in "flat" terrain where I couldn't make ½ an hour and in "flat" terrain where I did 4+ miles in an hour. The trick is to not injure or wear yourself out. I know that I couldn't sustain 15/day for 30 days. I suspect that even 300 miles in 30 days would be an extremely difficult feat for a fit 8 year old and a fit 35 yr old adult male.


On my hikes, I average about 3km/h over hilly terrain, where I can sustain that speed over 4 hours. My guesstimate that a healthy person can easily travel 20km per day. I am of less than average fitness and 38 years of age. Over flat terrain, I can average 4km/h. I can't comment on the of carrying an injured person.


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