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.

Please note: Adventure Cycling assumes, but cannot verify, that the persons advertising here are truthfully representing themselves. You should always take some time to meet your prospective traveling companions and discuss your tour plans before you begin your travels together.

This is not a service or space for cycling personal ads nor is it a cycling dating service. Nor is it a space to advertise commercial bike tours. We will only post ads that are not commercial in nature.

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Cross Country

Northern Tier East to West spring 2021

Created: Jul 9, 2020

Due to the pandemic, my planned coast-to-coast ride in mid-May is going to be rescheduled for next spring. I'm riding from Boston (up north on ECG to Brunswick, Maine) to Los Angeles starting in April (if it is warm enough). Mostly staying on Northern Tier Route, with possible 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. Hit me up if you are interested!

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E-trike across Southern Tier, Fall 2020

Created: Jun 30, 2020

Flexible September kick-off from San Diego. I'm a 65-year-old, newly retired male, experienced in touring. I want to cycle across the Southern Tier, self-contained, mostly camping. Will have SAG assist every few days, and my wife will meet up with me occasionally in between her own cycling agenda. Not in a hurry, but would like to celebrate Thanksgiving in Florida.

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Coast to Coast 2021

Created: Jun 29, 2020

UK male, 60, looking to do Coast to Coast 2021 presuming everything settled down. Completed the Adventure Cycling Pacific Coast van-supported ride last year. Would like to do a cross-country ride preferably with a more experienced rider. Not bothered which direction, open to accommodation types. Wouldn't want to flog it but capable of doing 50 to 70+ miles per day. Anyone interested let me know. Thank you

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Coast to coast - San Francisco to Yorktown, VA

Created: Jun 15, 2020

Riders wanted- here are the details: Departure (from SF) - 6/20; Avg miles per day - 90 (80-120); Support vehicle- yes!; Accommodations - 3/4 motels, the rest camping; Rest days - every 7th day (as in, ride 6 days and 1 rest day); Rider - male, in my 50s; Additional information: I hired a driver/tutor and am joined by my 15 year old (both will be in the support vehicle). It would be great to ride with one or more cyclist. If interested, please get in touch!

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TransAmerica Trail July-October 2021

Created: May 18, 2020

Hi, I'm Steven, 35 years old living in Manchester, England. I have decided that, all being well with the world, I want to take a career break next summer and cycle the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria to Yorktown. I am looking to find a companion for this trip, it will be much safer and smoother with a partner and also life experiences are so much better when shared. Will be wanting to talk and get to know the person beforehand to ensure that we are on the same page. Will be looking at rented accommodations along the way, and I intend on spending circa 80–90 days completing the task along with plenty of time for experiences as well as cycling. Would love to hear from you. Thanks, Steven

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Cross Country with Flexible Plans

Created: May 1, 2020

Good morning, I am a 45-year-old man who is signed up to ride the Southern Tier with Adventure Cycling later in the year, but I would like to do a longer bike ride in the summer as well. Currently, I am thinking of starting in New Jersey and heading west across the country, with the possibility of dipping down into Mexico. I would like to utilize many of the fantastic rail-to-trails that are available. My plans are flexible so if you have different ideas please don't hesitate to let me know. Please note that I am definitely going, and this is not dependent on the coronavirus situation. I ride a cross bike on longer tours. I am actually a better runner than a biker, but we all have our strengths and weaknesses :).

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Cycling the Southern Tier

Created: Apr 21, 2020

Looking for someone to join me cycling across the Southern Tier west to east self-contained next March. I attempted the ride this year alone only to have to postpone my trip in Tucson due to the Coronavirus putting a wrench in the works. I average around 60 miles per day and expect it to take me approximately two months. I don't mind either picking up from where I left off in Tucson or starting again from San Diego.

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NORTHERN TIER 2021

Created: Apr 13, 2020

In the early stages of planning for a mostly Northern Tier ride beginning in spring 2021. I'm 60 and an experienced solo long-distance tourer (longest ride up to now 3,000 miles), but think I would like some company for this one. Would prefer to go east to west; I want to save the big mountains for the final part and like the sun on my back in the morning. Typically do something around 60+ miles a day, depending on terrain and weather, and usually do a mix of camping, cheap motels, and Warmshowers. I'd also be open to folks who wanted to ride part of the ride with me rather than the whole thing. Get in touch and we can talk it over and begin making plans. Remember – If Not Now, When?

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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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Europe

Ireland and Northern Ireland

Created: Jun 22, 2020

I'm taking a four-week trip along the rugged western coast and outlying islands of Ireland and Northern Ireland in June-July 2021. I'd like to have another sociable, adventurous cyclist over 35 join me for the most enjoyable bicycle touring in Europe. 40-50 miles a day. B&B overnights. Sporadic daily rain, pleasantly cool temps, and occasional rays of sunshine. Narrow, lightly traveled rural roads lace the countryside, making it easy to pick and choose our routes. The Irish West is a unique cultural-immersion and scenic experience: the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking regions), great beers, good food, ancient ring forts, stunning mountain passes, colorful towns and villages, lively trad music in the pubs and exceptionally friendly people.

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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 - North to South - Late Summer

Created: Jun 15, 2020

Planning on riding the divide south from the tip of the U.S. to as far as I can get, weather wise, starting somewhere between Aug 15 - Sept 1. I've done many 1-2 week on road tours — excited to be off the road this summer.

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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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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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Mid-Atlantic

Pittsburgh to Key West

Created: Jun 15, 2020

Recent retired guy doing Sept.-Oct. adventure on GAP trail to DC then south on East Coast Greenway to Key West. One friend hoping to go but he's unsure. Would like to have one or two more companions. 65-80 miles/day, hotels mostly, maybe a friend or 2 visits, but hammock for camping in case. Will fly back, shipping bike. Now exploring making it a charity ride. Wife may fly to meet us for a couple break days at shore. (Looking to enjoy it, not in a rush.)

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Atlantic Coast: Virginia to Wilmington, NC

Created: Jun 10, 2020

I'm looking to do a section of the Atlantic Coast ride from Virginia to Wilmington, North Carolina, leaving in September 2020. Looking for tagalongs. I plan on camping along the way when it's possible.

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Midwest

Black Lives Matter Ride on Washington

Created: Jun 19, 2020

I'm organizing a charity ride to raise money and awareness for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Details can be found here-> BLMRide,org. Our mission is to ride from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Washington, DC, raising awareness and money along the way, arriving on August 28, 2020, to participate in the Commitment March -- the 57th anniversary of the historical March on Washington, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. You are welcome to join us for the entire 1,250 miles, which will include the Montour Trail, GAP Trail, and C&O Canal Path. Or join us anywhere along the route. -Jeff

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CO to IL in 2021

Created: Jun 19, 2020

Mid-60s male looking for companions to ride from Colorado to Illinois. Leaving Boulder or Fort Collins, Colorado, area in mid-July 2021. Heading east on low-traffic paved roads with a goal of meeting up with the not-yet-announced RAGBRAI start point in time for the beginning of that ride on July 25, then riding RAGBRAI across Iowa, followed by riding across Illinois to a finish in the Chicago area. Plan to average steady, not fast, 60-80 miles per day (upper end with tailwinds, lower end with headwinds), with one or two rest days. Mostly camping, but maybe staying in an occasional hotel. Ideal would be to have enough people so that we could get rest by taking turns driving an accompanying car that would carry all the overnight gear.

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Safe Route through Chicago to Indiana Dunes?

Created: May 26, 2020

Hi folks, I am currently in the process of planning a route around Lake Michigan and am trying to find the safest route through Chicago into Indiana. I am looking for someone in the Chicago area who has suggestions for a ride from Evanston, Illinois, to Indiana Dunes State Park. Any assistance would be much appreciated!

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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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North America

Underground Railroad

Created: Jun 29, 2020

I am a 70-year-old retired RN who had hoped to do the Underground Railroad route this year, but have postponed it due to the pandemic. I plan to start in Mobile, Alabama, and end in Ontario, Canada. I would like to alternate camping and motels, based on circumstances day to day. My aim is to do 50-75 miles a day, with rest days as needed. I will be riding the new Tern HSD S+ cargo eBike with Burley Nomad trailer. If you're interested, let me know. Gisele

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Northeast

MA/RI/NH Day Trips Summer 2020

Created: Jul 13, 2020

Local to MA/RI/Southern NH? Join me (multicultural F with lots of touring experience in Europe) in turning this "summer of no expectations" into a summer of regional exploration and discovery. Considering day trips starting in Boston, Concord, Fitchburg, Newburyport, Providence, Provincetown, other points on MBTA grid, c 50 miles, lots of stops, social. Average speed 13-14 MPH on flats, much slower on hills. Will observe Covid regulations.

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Maine in July 2020

Created: Jun 30, 2020

Hi! I'm spending July 2020 in Maine doing about 2.5 weeks of cycling along the coast (camping in a tent), and adding in some kayaking and backpacking. When not doing one of those sports, I'll be sleeping in my Prius or in a tent next to it (or on the rare occasion get a hotel room). I am so excited about this glorious outdoor adventure! Maine is gorgeous! Let me know if you'd like to join for part of this trip. We'd maintain social distancing guidelines.

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Boston to Lake Champlain, August 2020

Created: Jun 29, 2020

Two avid yet mellow 50+ female cyclists seek companions for 6-day unsupported tour from Boston to Lake Champlain in Vermont, much of it in the Boston-Montreal route. Approximate route: Boston, MA- Groton, MA - Keene, NH - Ludlow, VT - Brandon, VT - Burlington, VT. Optional 2 days cycling Lake Champlain at end. Stay at inns/motels. Average 45-60 miles/day, c 12 MPH. Must enjoy taking time for breaks and checking out the great towns on our route. Multiple options for returning to Boston area after trip. Dates: Aug 2-7, 2020.

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Maine Loop, August 2020

Created: Jun 29, 2020

Youthful professor in her 50s seeks companions for an unsupported Maine tour (10 days TBC) starting and ending in Portland. (Good access to airports and train with roll-on bicycle service to Boston). Our route includes Lake Sebago, ME, Fryeburg, ME, Conway, NH, Franconia Notch, NH, Newry, NH, Gorham, NH, Long Lake, ME, and Freeport, ME, before returning to Portland. Partially overlaps with Adventure Cycling's New England Mountains and Coast Route. Stay at inns/motels. 40-65 miles per day, c. 11-12 MPH. Must love taking breaks to enjoy snacks, coffee, and local flavor. August 25-September 3, 2020.

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Atlantic Coast Route

Created: Jun 4, 2020

I'm a West Coast girl yearning to see what's on the other side. Planning to leave mid-September 2020, if the virus lets me. Hoping to do the entire route, self-supported. Just purchased the entire set of maps. Would love info if anyone would like to share their experiences. I'm open to companions but ok to do it alone. Want to take the time to smell the roses along the way. Would like to finish by the end of November. Hope to camp and use hostels or Warmshowers in the big cities. I'm a "mature" single woman.

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast

Created: Jun 26, 2020

I would like to ride the Pacific Coast from the Canada border to the Mexico border starting September 9, 2020, at the Mexico border. 50-60 miles per day with a mix of camping and motels. Anyone interested in joining me?

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Seattle to L.A.

Created: Jun 8, 2020

Hi, I'm a married retired male, 62 years old. I'm looking at riding Seattle to L.A. starting mid-July, assuming COVID-19 continues to abate. Average about 50 miles/day with a rest day about once/week depending on weather. Warmshowers, camping, and motel/hotels are all good. I've done this trip in pieces over the years and look forward to repeating it in one big ride. Come join me for part or all of the trip! --- John Wider

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South America

South America, Fall 2020

Created: Jun 26, 2020

Looking for an adventure buddy to join for about 2 months of cycling self-contained in South America this fall! The seasons should be ideal for cycling, and given COVID, contemplating cycling Peru to Chile to minimize border crossings. Planning to camp often, Warmshowers when able, and hotel as needed (physically or emotionally). I have cycled the U.S. a few times and Australia once. I speak Spanish fluently and would love a travel buddy!

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Southeast

Florida Keys Tour/October 23-30, 2020

Created: Jun 29, 2020

Limited number of riders are invited to join me on my 42nd tour of the Florida Keys. This is not a commercial tour. Motel reservations and all expenses are the responsibility of the individual rider. Riders must be self-supported, self-reliant. No SAG. Important...this is a pedal only tour...no E-Bikes. All riders must agree to my ride expectations. Send me an email for itinerary, ride expectations, and motel recommendations

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Natchez Trace

Created: May 14, 2020

I'm a retired 62-year-old male who is looking for companions for touring the Natchez Trace, starting Nashville in late summer/early fall (depending on Covid-19), 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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State to State

Maine to Florida

Created: Apr 21, 2020

I am looking for a companion or two to join me and possibly another person in riding down the East Coast following the East Coast Greenway and the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast Route. We are in our 60s and looking leave Maine sometime in August. If this piques your interest, contact me at stephenrhyde@yahoo.com

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