Companions Wanted

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Each year, hundreds of cyclists grab their maps, plan their tours, pack their panniers or trailers, and head for the open roads and trails of America. Many of these intrepid two-wheeled travelers would like to have company for the journey. If you're looking for a touring companion for your adventure, here's the place to start. The cyclists below are all members of the Adventure Cycling Association, and they're getting ready to pack up and take off.

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Around the World

James Webb Space Telescope

Created: Aug 17, 2015

We are bicycling around the world to tell schools, colleges, and communities about the James Webb Space Telescope, which will replace the Hubble Space Telescope in about four years. You can read about this ride at www.jwstwbt.com. Would you like to join us on part or all of this ride? Email

Alaska to Argentina - 2016

Created: Dec 1, 2014

Solstice to Solstice. Plan is to celebrate summer solstice 2016 in Deadhorse, Alaska, and spend 18 months cycling south to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, during summer solstice. Experienced 53-year-old male cycle tourist looking for adventurers to join in all or part of the ride. Email

Asia

Indian Himalaya Summer 2016

Created: Apr 1, 2015

Looking for one or more companions for approximately six weeks. Tentative itinerary Srinagar (or Leh start); Nubra; Pangong Tso; then Leh-Manali with Lahaul side trips and possible exit via Sach Pass to Chamba vs. Spiti-Kinnaur. I've been to the Indian Himalaya six times, speak enough Hindi. Cycled Lahaul-Spiti-Kinnaur (Sarchu to Rampur) Sept. 2014, 15 days: see https://www.flickr.com/photos/koelle/sets/72157648337609059/ 2nd half of slide set. 56-year-old male. I've got local tourism contacts and SAG-support would make economic sense with 3 or 4+ people. "Hotels" + some camping. Culture, temples, 30-50 miles/day is rational. See "Himalaya by Bike" by Laura Stone. Email

Cross Country

Southern Tier East to West 2015

Created: Aug 21, 2015

Plan to bike from St. Augustine to San Diego starting in mid-September 2015. Self supported, mostly camping. Experienced 65-year-old man and woman cyclists with companion in a car. Plan to do a leisurely 50+ miles a day. Email

TransAm - Leaving in August 2016

Created: Aug 19, 2015

I plan on leaving in the middle of August trying to avoid some of the heat. 80 miles per day. Rest day when needed. Camping 90%. Need companions. Email

TransAmerica

Created: Aug 17, 2015

I'm looking for one other person to travel with. I want to do the TransAmerica Trail from east to west, starting at the end of April 2016. I'd like to go about 70-100 miles a day taking 1-2 rest days. I like a cold beer and a campfire at night. A little about me: my name is Kaitie, I'm 23 and this is my first bike tour. I've been planning this trip for a few years and now that I've finished school I'm ready to go. I've worked as a bicycle tour guide/ mechanic in NYC so if things go wrong, I can likely fix it. I'm currently based of out Tulsa Oklahoma and would like to start meeting people now. Email

Across America West to East 2016

Created: Aug 14, 2015

Riding northern route from West coast to East Coast May to August 2016 unsupported unless someone has SAG. Ride average 60 to 100 miles a day. Want to finish in 50 to 60 days. Email

N. America: Newfoundland, Maritimes, Northern Tier

Created: Aug 3, 2015

North America, East to West, Summer 2016. We'll start in St John's, Newfoundland, Canada (the Easternmost point of North America). We'll bike the Avalon Peninsula (not the whole island), and take the summer ferry from Argentia to Sydney, Nova Scotia. Then either bike through New Brunswick down to Portland, Maine, or bike Nova Scotia and take the ferry to Portland. Then, it's the Northern Tier and Lewis & Clark all the way back to the Westernmost point of the Contiguous U.S., Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. I'd like to start in May, averaging 50-70 miles, self supported, camping, Couchsurfing, and Warmshowers. Email

San Francisco - Bar Harbor, Maine — May 2016

Created: Aug 1, 2015

68-year-young male. Will ride the Western Express-TransAmerica-Underground Railroad-Northern Tier. Leave on May 1. Plan on riding 60 to 70 miles a day. Looking for anyone who wants to ride this journey. Staying mostly in motels, B&Bs. I reside in Burlington, Vermont, area and I am an early riser who loves kayaking, XC skiing, and biking. Email

2016 Astoria to Richmond to Bar Harbor

Created: Aug 1, 2015

I'm looking for 1-3 people to join me in late May 2016, following the TransAm route from Astoria, Oregon, to Richmond, Virginia, then north along the Atlantic Coast route to Bar Harbor, Maine. 50+ miles a day, all camping except a motel every 6-9 days. I'm a 61-year-old engineer and small business owner with a good bit of long-distance hiking and biking experience, but have found that solo biking just isn't for me. If you have long-distance experience and like different environments and opportunities, give this some thought. Email

Cross Country - Northern Tier 2016

Created: Jul 16, 2015

Looking for companions as I'm planning a cross-country ride from Washington to Maine starting in May of 2016. Anywhere from 50 to 80 miles a day — more or less if i feel like it. Mostly camping, but open to motels and warmshowers too. Email

Washington - Florida to Benefit Make-A-Wish

Created: Jul 16, 2015

I'm a 54-year-old disabled hand-cycle athlete from the Seattle area. I'm looking for a travel companion(s) to ride with on an epic journey across the U.S. to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation from the U.S./Canadian border at Blaine, Washington, to Key West, Florida, on my 27-speed Top End XLT Pro hand cycle via the Pacific Coast, Southern Tier, and Atlantic Coast routes, beginning in early April 2016 and arriving in Key West by June 1, 2016. I plan to average about 100 miles per day, six days per week with a day of rest per week and spending the nights in motels with comfortable beds and hot showers. Please contact me via email and lets experience this challenging adventure together. Email

Transam west to east 2016

Created: Jul 2, 2015

I'm planning to ride cross country west to east in summer of 2016. Probably an early June start. May start on the Transam or Lewis & Clark. I intend to enjoy the trip and take days off when in interesting places. Looking for one or two companions. Email

UMMGAHWAH RIDE-A-BOUT

Created: Jun 15, 2015

East to west, leaving Yorktown, Virginia, and arriving in San Diego, California. Plan to leave at the end of July 2015 and arrive sometime in November 2015. Self-contained, camping, will motel/hotel if necessary on occasion. Plan to ride about 250 miles a week — 50 miles a day with two days off per week. I'm an early riser and on the road by 6:00 AM, if not earlier. I'll occasionally stop for AA meetings along the route. I plan to start on the TransAm Trail to Bicycle Route 66, to Flagstaff, Arizona, to Canyon corridor to Southern Tier Route, and into San Diego. Email

Maine to Washington State 2016

Created: May 18, 2015

Seeking companions for a 2016 east coast to west coast self-contained tour. I expect to average ~75 miles/day with one rest day/week. The route is a montage of Adventure Cycling and DOT routes, and I think it's pretty good, but it is open to suggestion/modification. I will be 29 that summer. I've done a couple smaller tours, and I ride 40 miles to and from work multiple times each week. Here's a video of my answers to some FAQs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNzwh8fbr2M Email

East to West | NYC to San Fran | End of June

Created: May 18, 2015

My name is Adnan. I am a 24-year-old first timer. I just quit my job in marketing to take on this journey. At the moment I am in process of planning out my route, bike, gear etc. Targeting end of June and looking to travel mostly through the southern route. Planning on NYC-->Nashville-->New Orleans--> Austin-->San Diego-->San Fran as a rough sketch. Definitely open to modifying the route if you are interested in joining me for part or the whole trip. Feel free to shoot me a message! Best, Adnan Email

Southern Tier Eastbound 2016

Created: May 15, 2015

We are a retired couple planning to cycle the Southern Tier Route eastbound starting early March 2016. We plan to stay in motels/hotels the entire route, riding 45 miles a day on average. Current estimate is 73 riding days. We modified the route to go via Tucson rather than Phoenix. We'd like SAG support if possible, but will do an unsupported trip if it can't be arranged. Email

San Francisco - Acadia National Park, Maine

Created: May 15, 2015

28-year-old male going cross country from San Francisco to Acadia National Park in Maine. This is my first time doing a long-distance cycling trip. Will ride Western Express - Transamerica - Underground Railroad - Northern Tier. Leave on June 21, and finish on September 1. I plan on riding about 70 miles per day. Riding mostly solo — will have friends riding with me in California, Colorado, and Ohio. Looking for anybody who wants to ride for part of the journey. A few nights, a week or two — anything. Will be camping and WarmShowering. I'm a 6th grade teacher currently residing in Connecticut. Love music, outdoors, and riding bikes. Email

BikeCentennial 40+ in 2016

Created: Apr 23, 2015

Ride the BikeCentennial route 40 years later. I hope ACA will be organizing groups similar to what was done in 1976 for riders who missed the fun in 1976 or those that want to do it again. I'm going regardless and looking for company. I always go on RAGBRAI (last full week in July) so timing is somewhat important. Either start early so I finish by mid-July, start later (August 1) or take a break to do RAGBRAI. I'd like to hear from riders who have ridden TransAm as to what is the best time of year to start out in Oregon to avoid bad weather? And how long did it take? Not too early to start the planing. Email

Southern Tier 9/14/2015 - 11/14/2015

Created: Mar 27, 2015

Cycling for Charity: Ride to Awareness to Benefit Mental Illness. San Diego to St. Augustine. Cyclists wanted for supported ride to raise awareness and funds for mental illness. RidetoAwareness.org is a 501(c)(3) charity. We will stop in 8 cities en route to host media events. Combination of camping and hotels along the way. Must be interested in the cause. Check out our rider profiles at https://ridetoawareness.org/riders/ and fill out form if interested at https://ridetoawareness.org/contact-us/ Email

Modified TransAm - Yorktown to San Francision

Created: Mar 23, 2015

Biking across the U.S. has long been a dream of mine. Recently an opportunity presented itself to allow me to take on this grand challenge. Beginning in late April, I will be riding 3,785 miles from Yorktown, Virginia, to San Francisco, California, on the TransAmerica / Western Express Trails. I am riding self-contained and will be camping and cooking as much as possible to keep the cost low. Would love a companion or two for all or part of the trip! Email

Teens Crossing America

Created: Mar 5, 2014

We are a small group of teens and adults, looking to cycle from Astoria, OR, to Point Pleasant, NJ, June 16 - August 15 on a van-supported journey across America. No camping! We are supporting research to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Looking for more teens to join the ride, ages 14-19. Email

Europe

Italy's Coastline

Created: Apr 3, 2015

I have had a lifelong dream of traveling Europe, especially Italy. I never really considered doing it on a bicycle until two years ago when I traveled around Spain and had a blast! I would welcome anyone interested in this or who has more information. I would like to do it in the summer 2015. I have lots of ideas, but taking it slowly so as to taste the culture is paramount. I am a 50-year-old male and am in good shape. Let's get talking! I joined this site just to find like-minded people. I'm very flexible and open to new ideas. Email

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Riders for Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Created: Aug 21, 2015

I am planning on riding the GDMBR next July from Roosville, Montana, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, and am looking for riders to join me all or part of this epic Ride! I plan to leave the week of July 18, 2016. right after the Big Mega celebration at Adventure Cycling's Offices in Missoula. Let's get wild!!! Email

Great Divide - Summer 2016

Created: Aug 19, 2015

I am currently in the preparation phase for GDMBR from Banff to Antelope Wells during summer 2016, starting mid July to early August. Anyone out there interested in joining me for the whole route or a section? Fit 59-year-old male (Brit living in France). Good on bike maintenance and currently brushing up on my outdoor/wilderness skills. Intend to camp most of the way. Plan to cover 60-70 miles per day + rest days. Email

Great Divide North-to-South (Mid-July)

Created: Jun 11, 2015

I'm drawing up plans to bike the GDMBR in its entirety beginning in Banff around mid-July (could potentially push it back to early August to accommodate companions). Looking to join with others for multiple legs, but in particular the northern sections. 32-year-old guy with lots of backcountry experience and work as an emergency physician. Anticipating a medium pace (40-100 miles per day). Let me know! Email

Great Divide (U.S. Portion)

Created: Feb 17, 2015

Looking for four to six strong and capable women with backwoods camping experience to join me on a self-contained mountain bike adventure in the summer of 2016. Email

Intermountain West

Utah Cliffs Loop

Created: Jun 29, 2015

I'm really interested in doing the Utah Cliffs Loop sometime in September to October. My original plan was to go solo but would welcome company. Drop me a line if you have similar interest. Email

Family Bikepacking in Utah

Created: Jun 8, 2015

Looking for other families interested in overnight bikepacking trips in Salt Lake, Wasatch, Southern Utah. We have two young teen boys, 13 and 15. Email

Utah Weekend trips

Created: Jun 8, 2015

Seeking companions for frequent, self-supported bikepacking and/or bicycle touring overnights, long-weekends. Destinations in Utah and nearby — West Desert and south Utah, Uintas, Wasatch, Idaho, western Colorado, etc. Email

Oregon Trail

Created: May 15, 2015

Leaving Independence, Missouri, mid-May 2016, "when the prairie grass is 4 inches high," ending in Oregon City along traditional historic route. Will follow Trail as close as possible including on the Trail and dirt roads. Not a skinny tire adventure. Self-supported, 2000 miles, about 2.5 months travel time — maybe longer if we document the route. No fixed itinerary except to keep going west. Looking for one to three fun history buffs to join me. I am a 66-year-old experienced bike tourist. Email

International

Cuban Adventure

Created: Aug 27, 2015

I am planing a trip in January 2016. Is there anyone that is interested in joining me on this adventure? Email

Midwest

Yucatan Peninsula Sept. 22, 2015

Created: Aug 4, 2015

Headed to Cancun for two weeks of cycling. Hope to catch the last of the whale sharks on the north shore. Then take a standard Maya Puuc route. Afterwards to Coba and Tulum and return up the Costa Maya shore and perhaps Cozumel. Email

Michigan Upper Peninsula 8/30/15 - 9/11/15

Created: Jul 20, 2015

We are five self-contained riders touring a loop route starting in Marquette. We'll see Pictured Rocks, Grand Island, Grand Marais, Seney Wildlife Preserve, and Hiawatha National Forest. Average under 50 miles/day. Camping. Email

WI/MN/IA/IL Weekends

Created: Mar 20, 2015

Looking for companion(s) for weekend, long weekend, or even week-long tours around central Wisconsin or neighboring states. I've done several multi-day tours. I'm saving up vacation for a big ride (e.g. TransAmerica) and in the meantime I'm practicing by doing these shorter rides. I'd prefer to do 50-70 miles or more (depending) but am flexible. I'm 40-year-old male in very good riding condition. Email

Miscellaneous

Fall Trip North Portugal or Spain

Created: Jul 16, 2015

Looking to meet a few riders who have the time and means to take week to 10-day cycling trips in the U.S. or abroad. I'm a single male, 47, and in good shape. I'm hoping to take a trip in North Portugal or the Compostela route in Spain in the fall and looking to see if anyone is interested in joining me. I would prefer New York or Long Island person so we could meet up prior and plan. I rode across Southern Portugal from the Atlantic to Spain in April. It was a hybrid on/off road guided tour with Portugalbike and they were wonderful. It was the first supported trip I've ever done and it was a little pricey but so nice to ride without luggage and have all the hotels and meals set up. Email

New Zealand

New Zealand South Island

Created: Jun 26, 2015

I plan to ride/camp/fish on the South Island from mid-October to mid-December 2015. First tour in many years, no set plan except to see the island and possibly some of the North Island if time permits. Companions to join for all or part are welcome. Email

North America

North to Alaska 2016

Created: Aug 10, 2015

Experienced touring cyclist putting together a supported bicycle tour from Cut Bank, Montana, to Anchorage, Alaska. Start in late May 2016. Complete early July 2016. Average 60 miles per day. 2,400 miles total distance. Approximate Riding days 39. Rest days 5. Difficulty: advanced. All riders welcomed. 10 riders max. All expenses shared. Minimum drama expected. Email

Want to ride in all 50 states? Want to join me?

Created: Oct 27, 2014

I'm looking for other women who'd like to road ride or mountain bike all over the U.S.! I'm trying to ride in all 50 states (have 26 under my belt). These would be either short trips to insure at least 30 to 40 miles done per state. Or sometimes I try to hit a few states at a time. Sometimes I road ride, sometimes I hit the dirt trail. I'm happily married, live in Northeast am over 40 & pretty fit (not hardcore!). Anyone interested in seeing this beautiful country a state at a time email me! I've ridden some amazing places! Email

Northeast

Indefinite Bike Tour

Created: Aug 10, 2015

Looking for companion(s) in an indefinite bike tour/adventure. Would like to collaborate with others that have become disappointed with the state of modern day employment/consumerism to plan an escape. Email

Erie Canal Trail

Created: Apr 10, 2015

56-year-old male looking to do my first touring trip this summer, start from either Buffalo or Albany. Plan on seeing the sites and taking my time, drink a few beers and try local restaurants. Start time is flexible, June or July preferred, but August is a option. Self contained, camping, or if weather looks bad, motel. Email

Northwest

ID Hot Springs, OR Outback, John Wayne — Summer 15

Created: May 15, 2015

I'm a teacher with summers off. I'm interested in one or more of the routes I listed and would love a companion or two to explore with. Flexible dates between mid-June and late August. I live in Portland. Email

Pacific Northwest

Created: Feb 26, 2015

I'm In the process of planning a tour connecting different routes in the PNW. Last year I connected Lewis & Clark, Northern Tier, and the Pacific Coast routes. I had 18 days to ride roughly 1,200 miles. I would like to do something similar. I would like to camp most of the time and maybe a couple hotels. I have experience doing fully self-supported tours and I've also have experience with fixing/maintaining bikes. I have a great bike and great gear. I would like to start this tour at the beginning of September and will have 18 days off. I'm also doing a short tour during spring break to the coast or Eugene. I'm a 29-year-old male. Email

Pacific Coast

San Francisco to San Diego | Sept. 20(-ish), 2015

Created: Aug 24, 2015

My name is Adnan. I am 24 and currently biking across America. I quit my job in marketing to take on this journey. I am about three weeks out from finishing Part One of my journey across America, which was New York City to San Francisco. I had always intended to come down the coast and finish in San Diego. Let me know if you would like to join me. Feel free to shoot me a message! Email

1-5 Day N. Cali Adventure rider?

Created: Jun 5, 2015

I have done a recent Redding to Davis ride on backest-backroads along the river (Motel 6 to Motel 6). Looking for companions for 2-5 day-long ride to Bakersfield or somewhere else. I'm a Davis-based Dad — like 50-100 miles/day with lots of photo stops. Email

Pacific Coast Route Sept-Oct 2015

Created: Apr 23, 2015

I am a fit 63-year-old male, happily married, retired teacher, departing Vancouver, BC, on Sept. 7, for Imperial Beach, California. I am also an experienced self-contained road and mountain bike tourist. I prefer camping and cooking, but not opposed to other options. My start date is fixed, but otherwise I have no deadlines. I expect to finish in 6-7 weeks, averaging about 50 miles per day with rest/tourist days as needed. Some previous self-contained touring experience would be nice, but is not essential. If you are interested in all or part of the journey, contact me by email. Email

Seattle to San Francisco- September 2015

Created: Apr 23, 2015

Looking for companions to join me in September 2015 to ride the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Francisco. Although there's no expectation for other riders to fundraise, I will be riding to raise donations for Friends of the Earth who do research, educate, and lobby to protect our pollinators from the toxic effects of neonicotinoid pesticides. I plan on riding 50 (plus or minus depending on conditions) miles per day, camping with occasional motels, and will be van supported. Want to join a fit, 65-year-old female on a fun, epic biking adventure while raising money for a good cause? Email

Quitting, Selling, and Hitting the Road

Created: Jan 23, 2013

I'm selling everything, moving out, and hitting the road. It's been a lifelong dream to go on an extended tour and, finally, it's coming to fruition. Where are the bike-touring gypsies? Where is the touring community I think is probably on the road? I'm coming to find you. Anybody else out there that doesn't think this is crazy? Two heads are better than one. Looking forward to hearing from you. Email

Sierra Cascades

Seattle to Reno: Late August/Early Sept.

Created: Mar 31, 2015

Retired male cycling primarily on the Sierra-Cascades Route to Truckee and on to Reno. Intend to average about 60 to 70 miles a day and linger at interesting places. Mostly camping but occasionally staying in motels and eating at restaurants. Email

Southeast

Florida Keys — Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2016

Created: Aug 25, 2015

Self-supported, non-organized ride Key Largo to Key West and return. This will be my 28th tour. Please email for ride expectations and ride details. Email

Southwest

Route 66 - ALB, NM to Santa Monica

Created: Aug 3, 2015

Route 66: Pedal from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Santa Monica, California. Starting in Albuquerque about September 20 to September 22. Available lodging determines daily miles as would weather. Probably end about October 5 to October 6. Camping and some motels. Two middle-aged experienced cycle tourist (a Texan and a New Yorker). Email

Utah Cliffs Loop - End of Sept., early Oct.

Created: Jul 29, 2015

Let's meet in St. George Monday, Sept. 14, 21, or 28 and spend 7-10 days on the Adventure Cycling loop then go hike the Grand Canyon for a few days. Plan on leaving St. George on a Thursday to be home in Chicago on a Friday. Whole trip only includes one weekend away from the family. 58-year-old married male, experienced cyclist and half-baked mechanic. Should be fun, but I can't do it alone. Email

Grand Canyon

Created: Oct 22, 2013

Considering a self-supported loop journey from Las Vegas (southern Utah –Zion National Park – south to Grand Canyon – south and west to Route 66 – Lake Mead) No dates set. I hope to average 50 miles per day but this will depend on weight, terrain, and wind direction. I'm 61 and live in Cleveland, Ohio. I’ll probably camp with stops at motels weekly, and will be eating at different dining spots. Email

Southern Tier Services - San Diego

Created: Aug 30, 2011

I live along the Southern Tier just east of San Diego. If you need a ride from the airport, a companion to guild you through the city, or a place to pitch your tent, let me know. Email

State to State

Texas to Vermont

Created: Dec 26, 2014

While I've backpacked along the Appalachian Trail (it was great fun), I've never experienced self-contained, cross-country bicycle touring. I've thought about it for many years, and it is something I want to do before I leave this world. When I start I will be new at it, and I thought traveling with other, like-minded people would be good. Email

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