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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Cross Country

Seattle to Washington, DC

Created: Mar 12, 2020

Looking for good riding partner(s) for my first journey across the U.S. Starting on June 15, 2020, from Seattle, Washington, to Washington, DC. Riding the Northern Tier to Lake Michigan, crossing the lake on a ferry, and riding through Michigan down to Pittsburgh. On to Washington, DC, riding the GAP and C&O Canal Path. No camping. Staying in hotels/motels and sharing the lodging expenses. I am a 62-year-old male. I am in no rush. Average 50 miles per day with time to see a few sites. Rest day every 7 days. Start early each day, finish mid-afternoon and relax.

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Northern Tier East to West starting in Mid-May

Created: Mar 9, 2020

I'm riding from Boston (up north on ECG to Brunswick, Maine) to Los Angeles starting in mid-May. Mostly staying on Northern Tier route, with detours north into Canada around the Great Lakes, and the possibility of riding south down the Sierra-Cascades trail in California. Self-supported, mostly camping with some Warmshowers.org thrown into the mix, and looking to do anywhere between 60–80 miles a day. Looking for someone to ride with for short-term or long-term period of the trip, very flexible. Please email me or call me at 617-735-7049 if interested. Cheers, Bill

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Modified TransAm 2020

Created: Feb 13, 2020

Modified TransAm east to west May 1, 2020. Self-contained, Yorktown to San Fransisco. My name is Jeff, I'm 64, and I'm looking for 1-2 or more companions! 405-227-8474

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TransAmerica Trail west to east, August to Nov

Created: Feb 13, 2020

I am planning a trip primarily on the TransAm Trail traveling from west to east and am looking for one or more people to join me. There is a good possibility that my wife could act as support for some or all of the ride. I would like to start around mid-August and arrive at the Atlantic around November 1. This is totally an a-political ride, but what better way to participate in a national event, such as a presidential election, than by traversing the entire country. I am a retired educator in my 60s and expect to average 60 miles a day. I expect to do a mix of camping, motels, and possibly Warmshowers. I am open to planning this collaboratively. If this sounds interesting, contact me.

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SAG Available Spring and Summer 2020

Created: Feb 13, 2020

SAG available for spring 2020. Start planning now! Experienced SAG driver available May, June, July, and August of 2020. I drive your vehicle and support your cross-country bicycling adventure. For a care-free crossing, email.

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Northern Tier East to West

Created: Feb 13, 2020

100-130 miles per day, start May 30 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Camp 90 percent of the time, occasional motel. Finish in San Juan Islands, Washing state. Prefer progressive vegetarian or mostly vegetarian co-riders with positive attitude and good humor. Contact Bill at 530-563-8054.

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Modified Northern Tier E-to-W (summer 2020)

Created: Jan 9, 2020

Departing from near Bangor, Maine, in late May, north to Quebec and then west across Ontario, re-entering the U.S. around Michigan and then picking up the Northern Tier route for the rest of the ride west. Retired female and lifelong cyclist who did a Washington, DC, to Maine tour last September to celebrate retirement. (See https://attitude-maneuver.blogspot.com/2019/10/two-wheels-out-of-state.html) Planning on 50-75 mile days with a 60/40 mixture of camping and better lodging nights with some Warmshowers thrown in.

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Portland to Portland

Created: Dec 30, 2019

Two experienced/retired bike tourists from Phoenix. My riding partner will ride from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, via RAGBRAI. My route is a round-trip, Portland, Oregon, and back via Minneapolis, using the new Yellowstone to Minneapolis route. We will ride together until the Dakotas. 50–60 miles/day avg, rest days every 7–10 days, mostly camping, some motels/Warmshowers. Starting June 1, 2020, about 3 months long. See www.cactusrider.com/2020-plans for more info.

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Canada West to East

Created: Nov 20, 2019

I am planning to cross Canada, starting in Vancouver in late May and ending in Newfoundland in late August. I am going to avoid northern Ontario by dipping into the U.S. for a small section. I'm still working on the route in other areas so am open to suggestions. I will be camping, using Warmshowers, and staying in the occasional motel/hotel. I am a late 50's female vegetarian with lots of bicycle touring experience. I will probably ride about 100km (60 miles) per day. I like to start early so there is some time for relaxation at the end of the day. It would be great to find someone who is interested in joining me for all or part of this journey.

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MISSION 22 VET SUICIDE AWARENESS CROSS COUNTRY

Created: Oct 7, 2019

I AM PLANNING A FUNDRAISING TOUR FROM THE DC/WV AREA (MY AIR WING) TO THE SUMMIT OF PIKES PEAK IN THE SUMMER OF 2020 TO RAISE MONEY AND AWARENESS MISSION 22. WOULD LOVE TO FIND SOME MID-ATLANTIC VETERANS TO JOIN ALONG. THANKS!!

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2020 cross-country bike trip

Created: Sep 3, 2019

Looking to bike across the U.S. starting in Astoria, Oregon, and ending in the Virginia Beach, but flexible on starting and ending location and specific route. Looking to ride 100 miles per day, staying in motels/hotels. Eating out (no camping or cooking) — just looking to have fun. I have biked across the U.S. before (3,457 miles in 30 days — looking to go a little slower the next time), and am willing to do this ride if you are on an eBike too.

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Eastern Canada

Quebec City to Detroit

Created: Feb 27, 2020

I'm a retired 62-year-old male looking to ride Quebec City to Detroit starting late June. I might ride east of Quebec City before heading west, depending on time/companions/motivation. Average about 50-60 miles/riding day with a rest day about once/week. Stay with Warmshowers hosts to the extent possible, otherwise camp or motel/hotels.

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Europe

Ireland

Created: Mar 16, 2020

Returning to Ireland in 2021 to enjoy the best cycle touring in Europe along the western coastlines, outlying islands, and Northern Ireland. Looking to share the adventure with one sociable, M/F over 40. Fly to Shannon. Three to four weeks. B&Bs, 40-60 miles a day. Light, daily rain, cool temps. Little sun. Prehistoric settlements, lots of stone walls, conviviality, Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) regions. A ride on the "Happy Hooker" plus a ferry to Skellig Michael or Inishturk (Clare Island). An extensive network of quiet back roads, rolling hills, stunning mountain passes, beautiful greenery, lovely towns and villages, the world's friendliest people, and finger-tapping trad music in the pubs at night make Ireland ideal for bike touring.

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Netherlands

Created: Mar 2, 2020

My name is Charlie, I'm 62. My wife and I have chartered a barge for a bike & barge trip in the Netherlands, July 18-25. We'd like to share in the expenses. We have 2 cabins available that can sleep 2-4 people. A private single cabin is $1,680, and a twin cabin is $1,180 per person. Included: room & board; crew: captain, 2nd mate, chef, & guide. Average biking distance is 25 miles/day. We have access to rental bikes: 27-speed hybrid comfort bike is $100/wk and the same bike in an eBike version is $200/wk. Highlights: Gouda, windmills at Kinderdijk, The Hague, dunes & beaches, Rotterdam, Leiden, Haarlem, Delft and Amsterdam. We'll start and end our trip in Amsterdam. Contact: call or text: (828) 280-1260

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Eurovelo 6 - France

Created: Feb 28, 2020

78-year-old male looking for a partner to join me May 1 to June 4. Basel, Switzerland, through the Loire Valley to the coast at Saint Nazaire, France. Slow pace to include sightseeing. Total 1,115 km and average, about 53 km (33 miles) per day. Staying mostly in 3-star hotels (no camping).

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EV Route TBD - Late Aug/early Sept 2020

Created: Feb 28, 2020

Looking for a buddy to ride approximately 2 weeks in Europe in late August or Early September, route to be decided on together. I ride 10-15km/hr and and generally do 50km/day.

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Belgium Tour of Flanders

Created: Feb 19, 2020

Experienced European bike touring couple (retired teacher and engineer, upper 60s) planning on riding the Tour of Flanders, an 800km (500-mile) loop of Belgium over 3 weeks in July 2020. We will ride typically 25-45 miles per day with numerous layover days to see the sites, especially the historical ones, staying in 2 or 3-star hotels. Welcome both singles (maybe we can pair you up with a roommate) or couples.

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Mediterranean Route EV8

Created: Jan 10, 2020

In search of adventure on a 3-month cycle along the Mediterranean with, most certainly, detours inland. I will be starting in Porto, Portugal, on March 4, 2020, and head south to join EuroVelo #8. The plan is to leave the route in Croatia and ferry across the Adriatic to Italy before flying home beginning of June. I am a just retired (yay!!) 64-year-old male, young at heart in body and spirit, divorced 3 years ago and following my dream. I have been Europe-deprived in my life, so I want to explore and take in the landscape, culture, and cuisine. I have done several weeklong tours here in the U.S., cycled the North Carolina mountains to the sea the last 13 years and ride locally. Daily mileage depends on what there is to see, of course! Will have camping

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EuroVelo 6 - Sept/Oct 2020

Created: Jan 9, 2020

Looking to ride the EuroVelo 6 from Bay of Biscay to Black Sea. Eight weeks allows 80–100km per day with rest days in interesting spots. Hostels, B&Bs, and 2-star hotels for accommodations. (See Alex Crevar's route description in last two editions of Adventure Cyclist magazine). I'm a 62-year-old male having rode various sections of TA trail in last 2 years.

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International Touring Partners

Created: Dec 19, 2019

I'm looking for 3-6 bicycle touring buddies that have the MEAN$ and the TIME to ride epic bike tours in foreign countries by a mutually driven SAG wagon, staying in hotels, and dining at restaurants. We would rent a vehicle and split evenly the cost$ and driving. For example, if there were four people, it would be your turn to drive every fourth day. The SAG driver would assume all the duties a SAG driver would do at a commercial cycle touring company. We could further reduce costs by having a roommate or you can go it alone. I'm looking to travel to Spain fall of 2020 for 10 weeks. It would be fun touring the Camino de Santiago and Spain/Portugal by this method. I used this style in Japan and it worked really well.

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Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Summer 2020

Created: Mar 2, 2020

I am looking for riding companions to do the GDMBR (N to S). Start date is flexible. Planning on camping with occasional hotel/motel/lodge stays. Relaxed pace expecting 60 to 70 days. I am a 69-year-old married male.This trip is self-supported. Possibility of a visit from my wife and children along the way.

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GREAT DIVIDE SEC 5 & 6 - 2020

Created: Feb 14, 2020

Seeking 1 or 2 riders to join us. Male or Female. Trip is fully planned. We have a 4X4 Support Vehicle so biking will be cush. Join 3 guys from SF East Bay Bike Club. We haul bikes, luggage, gear. Share vehicle and common expenses. Ride with us from Salida, Colorado, to the Mexico Border. May 9 - June 12. 918 miles, 42 miles avg per day. For us these sections complete the Route from Banff to Mexico. Depart San Francisco East Bay May 9, pick up support vehicle, depart Truckee, California, May 10, arrive Salida, Colorado, May 11. Start ride May 13. Ride 22 days. Plus 4 rest/layover days. Arrive Mexico Border (Columbus, New Mexico) June 7. Depart for home June 10. Arrive Truckee, California, June 11. Arrive SF East Bay June 12. Text or call Clay 818-266-2660.

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Great Divide route September start

Created: Feb 12, 2020

I've previously biked from Colorado to Mexico and then again in Central America mostly on roads. I'm trying out mountain touring, and I'm looking for a cycling partner to ride with on the Great Divide route starting early September 2020. I will be camping out mostly with some stays in hotels/hostels. I will be filming and journaling about the experience. I'll average 40-mile days. And finish by mid or late November.

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Fairbanks, Alaska, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico

Created: Jan 21, 2020

I'm planning to start in Fairbanks in early/mid-July 2020 and ride the 2,000 miles to Banff. Plan to do 90 to 120-mile days during that part of the ride — not super fast, but just 10 or 12-hour riding days. Will do a shorter day if needed or a longer one if conditions are right. Then do the GDMBR from Banff to Antelope wells. Plan is to do that in around 30 days. All self-supported. Camping and motels. Completed the TransAm self supported in 2018 with a couple guys that I connected with here — we loosely stayed together through a lot of the trip but each rode our own pace. If anyone is interested in riding some or all, let me know. Here is my day-by-day TransAm blog from 2018. Steve http://steveacrossamerica.com

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Great Divide Mountain Bike Route August 2020

Created: Jan 21, 2020

Fit, easygoing 60-year-old male looking for riding companions to join for some or all of the GDMBR (N to S). I expect to ride 35–60 miles per day, with a combination of primitive camping, campgrounds, and the occasional hotel and rest day. Allowing approximately 60 days for the adventure, with an early to mid-August start date (flexible).

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Intermountain West

WILD WEST ROUTE

Created: Dec 16, 2019

Looking for 2 or 3 riders starting anytime between mid-July to mid-August. A great follow-up for any GDMBR veterans looking for another adventure. I am 68, male, and have done the Northern Tier, GDMBR, and Idaho Hot Springs. Planning to take 60 days to do the 2,700-mile route. This is an exciting off-road route for bikepackers. Most of the logistics have been worked out.

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International

2021, 3 months Central Asia or South America

Created: Feb 19, 2020

In 2021, I would like to ride for 3 months in South America (I do not speak Spanish) or Central Asia. I'm seeking a companion with experience and, very important, you must be able to tolerate that I'm a slow rider. If that is ok, I'm sure we will find some common ground. I have been touring since 1992. In 2018, during 2 months I was touring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (The Pamir Highway), Curious? Would love to hear your thoughts. My name is Ann, 59, and I'm living in Switzerland.

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Cross-country, Mexico, Central and South America

Created: Jan 27, 2020

I'm a retired high school art teacher/muralist/activist setting up a ride I've been dreaming about for some time. The plan is to ride west from Brooklyn, New York, at the beginning of August 2020 and head generally west, ride the Great Divide Trail south, cross into Mexico at the California border. Then it's a meander through Mexico, Central and South America, ending in Ushuaia February 2021. I've toured extensively in the U.S., Europe, and India. My Spanish is passable. When I tour I like putting in the hours/miles on the bike, but I'm not at all opposed to taking days off and slowing down when there's a reason. I plan on camping when appropriate, Warmshowers when available, and hotels when prudent. Companions welcome for all or part of this trip.

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Mid-Atlantic

TransAm, Virginia thru Kentucky

Created: Feb 21, 2020

Planning to leave Richmond, Virginia, mid-April heading west for about 3 weeks or 1,000 miles; through Kentucky on Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica route, mostly camping, 50-60 miles a day.

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Midwest

Harbor Country weekend cycling companion(s) wanted

Created: Feb 19, 2020

66-year-old experienced (but not very fast and out of shape) cyclist looking for riding partner(s) in the Three Oaks / New Buffalo, Michigan area, or in nearby Indiana. Most weekends. Early morning rides, 30 miles early in the season to 60 miles or more in the fall. Centuries. Also interested in a ride around Lake Michigan, when I can get the time off.

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Mississippi River Bike-rafting

Created: Feb 13, 2020

I'm planning to travel from the Mississippi River Headwaters at Lake Itasca State Park to the Twin Cities by bicycle and packraft this summer. I'm looking for interested companions. Will ride on the Mississippi River Trail Bikeway (U.S. Bicycle Route (USBR) 45) and paddle the river using a packraft. I'm planning 50 to 60-mile biking days and 6 to 12-mile paddling days. I expect to be fully self-contained and self-supported camping and cooking out most nights. I have not completed the itinerary and the start day has not been established. It looks like it will be a 2 to 3-week adventure. I would consider a shorter trip. If you are interested in a riding and paddling adventure, contact me.

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Katy and shuttle

Created: Jan 27, 2020

I plan to ride the Katy Trail from St. Louis/St. Charles area to Kansas City area in late May or early June 2020. First choice is to shuttle from Kansas City to St. Louis/St. Charles, and I'm interested in finding others to share this cost ($320 for 4 bikes/riders). 54-year-old male, happy to ride with companions or solo, 50 or so miles per day, camping most nights.

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North America

modified Canada or Southern route

Created: Jan 21, 2020

I am a female college student looking for a companion of similar age. I will be cycling with my dog on a pull-behind trailer. I am open to planning this cycling trip with whoever inquires, but am firm in beginning on the East Coast. Interested in mostly but not entirely camping, and 40-70 miles average per day. I will have a 2-month period at some point between mid-June and August. I have cycled most of the Pacific Coast, but my endurance is far better than my speed. I would call myself an experienced beginner. I am looking for 1-2 like-minded individuals to enjoy my summer with! Please reach out if you are interested.

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August '19 Portland > Sierra Cascades > Mexico

Created: Apr 1, 2019

My name is Shelley and I'm 28 years old. I will be traveling with my dog Charlie. I am looking for someone to accompany me on a long distance Western U.S.–Mexico–Central America–Colombia tour starting in August 2019. Leaving Portland, Oregon, to travel a portion of the coast, from Florence to Bend, Bend through Crater Lake, on Sierra Cascades route to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks (October) Arizona and Southern Utah (Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce) in November hopefully, and then south to Mexico in December 2019. Planning to ride down Baja, ferry over, and ride through Central America, ferry to Colombia, and land in Cartagena, Colombia.

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Northeast

Adirondack Loop, New York

Created: Mar 25, 2020

I'm an educator and looking to depart for the Loop towards the end of June. Starting in Albany and anticipating taking a week or so. I'll be camping most of time but not against staying in B&Bs or lodging. Avid bicyclist but never in a race and enjoy the adventure.

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Memorial Day 2020 Allegheny Rail Trail

Created: Jan 27, 2020

Hello! My name is Scott. I'm looking for others who want to join for a fun trip from Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on the Allegheny Rail Trail around Memorial Day this year. I'm 46, in decent shape, and would like to ride around 40 miles a day (+/-), but am very flexible. I do plan on camping along the way. I've done some research and there's an Amtrak train that shuttles bikers (and their bikes) between locations. Reservations are required. If you're interested, please email me. I'm also flexible on the dates of travel.

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast! May - June 2020

Created: Mar 10, 2020

19-year-old female searching for companion(s) to join me on my first endeavor into the world of bike touring! I'm currently planning on going solo but would love to meet some like-minded cycling souls to help spice up the route. I'm planning on starting in Bellingham, Washington, and ending in San Diego, California. Dates are roughly May 11 through June 22. Planning on camping most of the time with the occasional hostel/Warmshowers stay. Super stoked to see the coast from two wheels! Hope you'll join me :)

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Vancouver, BC to San Francisco May 8-June 8, 2020

Created: Jan 29, 2020

I am a fit female senior cyclist in my 70s with much touring experience. Last trip was 1 month in Italy in September. I would like to ride from Vancouver to San Francisco or perhaps farther south following Route U.S. 1. Departure on May 8 as there may be less traffic. I plan to stay with Warmshowers hosts and in inexpensive motels/hotels. I'll ride about 50 miles each day. I would like to ride with an experienced cyclist who is flexible and has a sense of humor.

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Sierra Cascades

Semi-supported Sierra-Cascades Tour, Summer 2020

Created: Mar 30, 2020

We're 3 cool dudes in our 60s looking for a 4th to join us for a semi-supported, complete Sierra-Cascades tour next summer (2020). It's semi-supported in that the 4 of us will share driving duties in support of the ride. We'll have a minivan used to carry gear and there will be 2 driving shifts per day -- morning and afternoon. With 4 participants, each rider will be responsible for driving 1/2 day, every other day. Drivers will be responsible for errands associated with supporting the ride, like grocery shopping, laundry, getting situated in the campground, chilling the beer, etc. Contact me for additional information. Eric

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South America

S America > Patagonia. Sept - Dec 2020

Created: Mar 2, 2020

I have been saving for a while for a South American tour - I have toured cross-country twice in the U.S. (NY > CA and NY > FL) and once in Australia (from Melbourne > Brisbane) and am looking for some buddies to tour with me in South America. I am hoping to ride starting somewhere mid-South America and ending mid-December in Patagonia. Planning on all self-supported, with the majority of the day on the bike. I would love to camp often, Warmshowers when able, and hotel when necessary. Days off as needed and as the area invites. I speak Spanish well. Let me know if you're interested! Cheers,

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Southeast

Natchez Trace

Created: Feb 25, 2020

I'm a retired 62-year-old male who is looking for companions for touring the Natchez Trace, starting Nashville in late July/early August, probably ending in Jackson, Mississippi. 50-60 miles/riding day, with a rest day about midway down. Stay at Warmshowers hosts to the extent possible. Otherwise a combination of camping and motel/hotels/B&Bs.

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Tandem captain seeks visually impaired stoker

Created: Feb 18, 2020

I bike over 6,400 miles a year, about a third of it on a tandem. I am seeking a visually impaired person or other handicapped person who would enjoy the opportunity to bike with me as a "stoker" in Tampa Bay area. I have seen this offered in NYC, DC, and Cali, but not in Tampa Bay. Video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=730343804125600. Blind Stokers Club (BSC) enables biking for visually impaired http://blindstokersclub.org. To see samples of rides I do with my St Pete based club check out Pinellas Pedalers, a Meetup group with 1,049 cyclists. https://www.meetup.com/Pinellas-Pedalers. I am listed as Paul S on those rides. I could bring my tandem to the stoker's choice of our group rides.

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Southwest

hiking the Colorado 14ers

Created: Jan 21, 2020

OK, I know this is not a bike tour. But I've passed so many mountains from below that I've just got to hang the bike and take off. I'm interested in those who might want to climb several of the Colorado Mountains in July of this year. My plan is to drive out from Tennessee to perhaps Pueblo and start near there. I am a rank rookie, but supremely fit, age 61. I've done the TransAm, Southern Tier, and innumerable weeklong tours in many states. I'm looking for others who might want to join in. We can make plans together and choose the particular mountains we would like to climb. I'm thinking two weeks of climbing, but can be influenced by the majority. I can camp, but hope to do most climbs in a day.

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Western Canada

Northern British Columbia

Created: Mar 23, 2020

Self-supported trip from Smithers, BC, to Prince Rupert. Then take the ferry to the Queen Charlotte Islands, spend four days on the island, then ferry to Port Hardy. Cycle along Vancouver Island to Victoria. 62-year-old male. June 24 to July 10.

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