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

Around the World -- Join in Sections if you like

Created: Apr 9, 2019

Hi! I'm planning an around-the-world bike tour that will take about 3 years. I am a 32-year-old married female and left California in February 2019. First leg to Tierra del Fuego, and I'll be doing the Trans-Ecuador dirt road route for July, then Peru in Aug/Sept. Next is Africa (Jan-May 2020) then Europe-Asia-SE Asia. Planning dates are loose as of now but pretty firm for South America. I've had ample touring, road, and mountain biking experience. I'm a decent mechanic, and prefer dirt/gravel, 5-6 days per week riding, with breaks for the scenery of course! Wild camping preferred, with hostel or Warmshowers maybe once every week or two weeks. Email me for more details and to see if we hit it off. hollie.ernest@gmail.com

Cross Country

TransAm East to West

Created: Aug 13, 2019

TransAm East to West ride leaving early May. Mostly camping - open to motels, side trips, and exploring along the way. Biggest ball of twine in Kansas, anyone? Roughly 60 miles/day with rest days. Married, mid-40s gay man looking for a few riding companions for all or parts of the trip who are interested in something between a solo ride and tour group. timplant@gmail.com

2020 Transcontinental Bike Tour

Created: Aug 12, 2019

I am planning my first bike tour (East to West) for early 2020. Southern Tier from St. Augustine, Florida, to New Roads, Louisiana, in time for Cycle Zydeco! TransAm - Route 66 - Pacific Coast - Trans-Canada train to Toronto - East Coast from Bar Harbor to Key West, Florida. I am 58 years old (single) and have years of experience commuting by bike. In 2016, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. Wild camping preferred with stays with Warmshowers hosts where available, in churches and fire houses, and in motels occasionally. I plan to ride from 40–75 miles per day depending on weather and terrain, with a rest day each week and hope to "smell the roses" and take in a few sights on the way. Seeking an adventurous spirit to join me for part or all of my adventure. justnorthofanywhere@gmail.com

Van-supported across the U.S. in 2020

Created: Aug 6, 2019

I've settled on a route and timetable patterned after Adventure Cycling's "TransAm Express Westward" — 79 days, 67 riding and 12 resting. Belying the word "Express," the average riding day is only about 60 miles. The ride starts in Williamsburg, Virginia, and ends in Florence, Oregon. I'm looking for 2 riders to join me. I have a high-roof Transit cargo van, and a non-riding friend as the dedicated van driver for the whole trip, from the Pacific Northwest, where I live, to Virginia and back. I'll haul your bike to the East Coast. You would fly in, most likely to Richmond, Virginia. We'll be camping most nights, hopefully in organized campgrounds with showers, etc. I'm looking at mid-May through July, but I'm very flexible on those dates. williamhwoodson@yahoo.com

Modified TransAm

Created: Aug 5, 2019

2020 Modified TransAm east to west, June depart, self-contained.TransAm to Missoula, Great Parks North to Jasper, then onto Vancouver, ending back in Missoula via the Northern Tier. My name is Joe, I'm 63, and this will be my sixth crossing. Seeking 1-2 companions tourmeister@excite.com

2020 Eastbound eBike Tour

Created: Jul 11, 2019

Seeking a few eBiker's to help plot and (hopefully) join me on a 2020 cross-country ride, west to east, starting at Mavericks Beach, Pillar Point, California, and finishing somewhere east of Washington, DC, (on the Atlantic Ocean). I personally want to ride through Yosemite National Park, so a post-Labor Day start should allow for Tioga Pass (9,944 ft) to be open — with less car and RV traffic. As for the rest of the route, I am open to suggestions. I have considered going north and following Adventure Cycling's Western Express, or going south and following Bicycle Route 66, but ultimately finding an electrical outlet at a hotel, motel, or campground will determine the route. That being said, I would like to hear from those interested. Thank you. blitzbug@aol.com

TransAm 2020

Created: Jun 26, 2019

65-year-old male looking for travel companion(s) for a self-supported, cross-country tour on the TransAmerica Trail, next summer 2020. Departure date is flexible, but targeting early to mid-May. Direction is flexible. Looking to stay in hotels/motels as much as possible, but will carry a tent/sleeping bag to camp when necessary/desired. No cooking gear. Will eat in restaurants/gas stations/etc. whenever possible. Plan on averaging 50-70 miles per day, but will stretch if the feeling is right. Rest days every 7-10 days, as needed/desired. Willing to take up to 90 days. Some touring experience, including Lake Michigan circle tour last summer. jack_heffern@yahoo.com

Transcontinental Recumbent Trike Tour

Created: Jun 18, 2019

I am planning my second transcontinental trike ride leaving San Diego, California, heading for the Atlantic Ocean somewhere in Georgia or South Carolina. I plan on leaving in early spring of 2020. The route will be established using Google maps but will include some sections of Adventure Cycling routes. I plan on riding 50–70 miles a day with rest days every 7–10 days. I plan on camping, both designated and stealth, Warmshowers, and motels. I am mostly a self-sufficient handicapped rider, but some help on occasion will be appreciated. I will be riding to raise awareness of those that suffer from Hereditary Neuropathy and the freedom that cycling offers. Contact me if you would like to be considered as a companion rider. Stumblefoot717@gmail.com jbfrey717@gmail.com

Eastbound TransAmerica with Little Miss Bike Tour

Created: Apr 15, 2019

I'll be pedaling the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria to Yorktown this summer, starting on June 15 or 16. I'm a 35-year-old solo female, first-time bike traveler looking for good company. I'm hoping for a pace of about 50 miles a day, but flexible. Mostly camping. Any other solo ladies out there on a similar route and timeline? Any types of solos, pairs, or groups welcome to join up and see how we mix for a few days. I'll also be building an influencer brand during the ride, Insta @littlemissbiketour and littlemissbiketour.com, but I know how to stay subtle about it. Hope you'll join me! cynthia.ord@gmail.com

Southern Tier March 2020

Created: Apr 1, 2019

Male turning 80 next year. Has ridden across country at 40, 50, 60 and 70. Rode across Australia self supported at 62. Will be supported by car. Hope to average 50-70 miles per day. Motel to motel but camp if necessary. Share expenses. oxbowdon@comcast.net

2020 - Cross-Country West to East - Southern Tier

Created: Dec 4, 2018

I am a 58-year-old male looking for riders to join me. Starting in early June 2020 in Venice, California, and finishing by July 23 in Charleston, South Carolina. Finishing on my 60th birthday. Mainly camping, but a hotel once a week would be good. marsterob@yahoo.com

San Diego to Cleveland, OH

Created: Nov 28, 2018

30-year-old female planning to start from San Diego sometime in March 2019 and need to be in Ohio by May 8. I would like to include New Orleans in this route if possible. I plan to spend the majority of my trip camping wild/free and in campgrounds when necessary. I also like to use Warmshowers here and there to clean up, connect, and socialize. I'm an easy-going, fun, positive person. I have about 5-6k miles of touring experience, mostly solo. Flexible and not opposed to creating own routes. I'd be happy with anywhere from 40 to 90 miles a day. Would love companion/companions to try to share the beautiful ride and experience with! Hope to hear from you! Snoslash88@gmail.com

Europe

London to Madrid through France

Created: Jul 17, 2019

I am a 52-year-old male from Santa Monica, California. Experienced cyclist, looking for travel riders for a self-supported ride across western Europe, UK-France-Spain. The ride starts in London through the Bordeaux region in France and ends in Madrid, may continue to Portugal. Total miles 1,027. Looking to ride about 40 to 50 miles a day with one or two rest days. The whole ride may take about 2 to 3 weeks or so. Trip date: October 22, 2019. Accommodation: B&B-type or motels. mtp101@gmail.com

Bikepacking in Europe Fall 2019

Created: Jun 13, 2019

Is anyone interested in bikepacking with me in Europe this Fall? Possible two to four weeks in Spain, Germany, or Slovenia. Need off-road bike and gear. hogalee7@gmail.com

Via Francigene, Siena/Lucca northwards: Oct 2019

Created: Mar 18, 2019

61-year-old Canadian/British female (Calgary based), loves touring. Will complete some of the Francigene (Rome to Sienna) late September but looking for companion(s) to share the adventure north from around mid-October to around 7 November, 60–80 km a day at a moderate pace with panniers. Final destination Cambridge, but hopping on trains sometimes to advance will be necessary as it's about 1,600 km and not possible entirely by cycling in the time available. I will be flying out of Gatwick on/by 8 November. Weather deteriorates after that. Open to other cycling ideas starting in Rimini or easy train distance from Rimini. Accommodation modest B&B style. Not camping. diane.duckett@shaw.ca

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route July 2020

Created: Aug 1, 2019

I would like to get about three or more people to do the Great Divide trail north to south starting in July 2020. Start date is flexible depending on snow. Pace is not super fast, have a layover day every 6–7 days. I am 65-year-old married woman. I spent a week this summer doing the Idaho Hot Springs trail to get experience, and will be training in spring of 2020 to get bike and myself in good shape. I have been taking bike maintenance classes and have been accumulating necessary tools. Would be good to meet fellow bikers before starting. Will be self-supported and camping. Husband may meet us and bring cold beer every few weeks. vjsparks@gmail.com

Northern U.S. Great Divide

Created: Jun 26, 2019

Planning to ride northern U.S. section of Great Divide starting September 8 (flexible). 50 miles a day, mix camping with lodging. Planned Route: U.S. border at Roosville, Montana, to Pinedale, Wyoming. Not a hard core riding dude; decided to scratch that itch and give a bit of the Great Divide a go (and can tell wife is thinking: stop yabberring & get on bike). Let me know if you fancy riding together or part way together. Thanks, Nev. Ndd9876@gmail.com

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route Spring 2019

Created: Feb 5, 2019

Slow meander up the Continental Divide from New Mexico north. I am an experienced off-road bike tourer. I've ridden the Baja Divide as well as a number of off-road rides in Australia and New Zealand. My agenda is to enjoy the ride. Some days, I ride like mad. Other days I dawdle. If you're interested in smelling the flowers and hearing the birds, this ride is for you. Just me and my doggo. I'm using a lightweight setup and probably pulling a trailer for Mr. Dog. Come for all or part. Starting as soon as weather permits spring 2019. obinjatoo@gmail.com

Mid-Atlantic

Mid-Atlantic Rider looking to ride in WV, VA, PA

Created: Apr 15, 2019

Looking for folks to ride the Great Allegheny Passage (150 miles in Maryland and Pennsylvania). Would also like to ride around Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, and Ohio. Long term would like to do Katy Trail in Missouri and Great Divide route, or part of it out west. I am 55 and do moderate distances on my 29inch mountain bike. I like riding on gravel, rail trails, and some singletrack. wvabooks@aol.com

Sign Language Companion?

Created: Nov 26, 2018

I would like to have someone cycling with me coming this summer of 2019. More likely inn to inn for a few days. I am deaf and communicate in ASL, it would be nice if you know sign language — not have to be fluent — at least basic of sign language would be great. Email me if you are interested to cycle the adventure with me. engraft63@gmail.com

Midwest

Ohio to Erie Trail - November 2019 Training Ride

Created: Aug 12, 2019

Planning a 326-mile training ride from Cincinnati through Columbus to Cleveland on the Ohio to Erie Trail. All but about 20 miles is off-road. I plan to wild camp and hopefully find a few Warmshowers hosts along the way. The route follows the Tow Path through Cuyahoga Valley National Park north of Botzum, Ohio. Seeking like-minded cyclist(s) to join me for all or part of the adventure. The start date is flexible. This ride is in preparation for my 2020 ACA Routed Transcontinental Tour across, up, then down the U.S. justnorthofanywhere@gmail.com

Kansas to Seattle 2020

Created: Jul 18, 2019

I am a 63-year-old male hoping to make the trip from Wichita, Kansas, to Seattle, Washington, in 2020 and would like to find a rider or two to share the experience. I plan to follow the TransAm from Newton, Kansas, to Missoula, Montana, then the Lewis & Clark through Portland to the Pacific Coast. As for lodging, I was thinking more camping or Warmshowers than hotels, but I am flexible. I am inclined to eat at restaurants, convenience stores, fast food, etc. as opposed to cooking, but I plan to carry cookware and a burner. I rode across Kansas in 2015 (fully supported 500+ mile ride), and did a self-supported ride from Kansas to Washington, DC, last June. Departure date is flexible, but given that it's 100 degrees as I write this, I'd prefer to leave before July. src1701@swbell.net

New Zealand

New Zealand Bike Touring

Created: Jun 5, 2019

Hello, I'm planning on doing two signature bikepacking rides in New Zealand from March 1 through March 15, 2020. Flying into Christchurch on the 1st, bus to Lake Tekapo (start of the Alps 2 Ocean ride), bike 6 days camping or other budget accommodations to Oamaru. Bus to Dinedin, train to Middlemarch for start of the Otago Central rail trail for 3-4 days, then bus to Queenstown and home. Renting bikes and luggage transfer along the way. I did the Pacific Coast route last year, so this is more laid back and without cars for the most part. My name is Tom and I'm 61 years old. Email if you are interested and I can provide details. tompmarsh@gmail.com

North America

route 66

Created: Jun 27, 2019

Route 66, mid-September 2019. From Chicago to Santa Monica, 6-8 weeks, 2,400 miles. We hope to ride 60-90 miles a day depending on weather and road conditions. Retired couple would be great to share the driving and companion riding for two gals, I'm 58 the other mid-60s, our driver male mid-60s. Will do some camping but motels preferred. You can ride some, part, or all of it. Good sense of humor essential! sattrill@twcny.rr.com

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. shelleyplants@gmail.com

Northwest

Portland, OR to Missoula, MT

Created: Aug 5, 2019

I am a 68-year-old retired male and I will leave Portland, Oregon, for Missoula, Montana, on September 2 of this year for a two-week tour. My route will follow the Lewis and Clark Trail to Lewiston, Idaho, and then I'll go north toward Plummer, Idaho. From there I'll take the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, the NorPac trail, and the Olympian trail toward Missoula. I usually ride about 60–65 miles per day, and I plan to camp most nights. I would welcome some company on any part of the tour. wurzincg@gmail.com

Pacific Coast

Southern West Coast

Created: Aug 5, 2019

San Francisco to San Diego, late September or early October 2019; Adventure Cycling route; slower pace 40+ miles a day, 10+ days; camping. 66-year-old male with lots of touring experience. A gorgeous ride, and not difficult! Interested? Pandamac6@Yahoo.com

Pacific Coast north to south

Created: May 9, 2019

Planning on flying to Vancouver the day after Labor Day, September 3, 2019. 40 to 45 days or there about, to San Diego. I'm 68, first time this far, have done a few one-week tours in Colorado. Camping, occasional room. Kcooper2911@gmail.com

South America

Travel Chile

Created: Jul 11, 2019

Looking for biking information about Chile. Any and all would interest me. Routes, safety, special requirements, what to take, what to leave home. Cycle touring. Thanks, Barry Templerd2000@yahoo.com

Southeast

October 2019 Key Largo to Key West Roundtrip

Created: Aug 20, 2019

Leaving Key Largo early morning of 10/10 ... riding to Bahia Honda reserved campsite. 10/11 on to Key West campsite. 10/12 to Marathon campsite. 10/13 back to Key Largo. You must have your own tent and be self supporting. bergerf@msn.com

Florida Keys Tour

Created: Jun 4, 2019

October 25–November 1, 2019. Self-reliant riders are invited to join me for my 39th 7-day tour in the Florida Keys. The route will begin in Florida City and take us to Key Largo, Marathon, and Key West. We will spend 2 nights in Key West and then return to Florida City. This is not a commercial ride ... no charge for leading. All expenses are on your own. Evenings will be in mom&pop motels. No SAG. All riders must be self-reliant, self-supported. If interested, email for for ride expectations. This is a tour and not a speed ride between points A and B. estine2208@mac.com

Eastern Section of TransAm this summer

Created: Apr 29, 2019

My name is Terry, I am a 60-year-old retired male who rode the TransAm in 1976 from east to west with 12 other cyclists. I would like to ride the section from Yorktown to Christiansburg, Virginia, with about 12 other bikers this summer. I think a combination of campsites, motels, and Warmshowers hosts would be good. I would like to average 50 miles a day. I ride a crank forward recumbent. Cell: 407-421-4369 tmann122@gmail.com

Arkansas Fall Tour

Created: Apr 8, 2019

October 17-21, 2019. Malvern to Glenwood loop tour featuring Lake DeGray. This 5-day tour with shorter options will have either tent camping or indoor lodging all nights. The longest day is about 40 miles in scenic rolling west-central Arkansas featuring Lake DeGray. Most or all meals will be at the state parks and diners on the way. Riders share campground costs and pay for their own meals. Must be a club member by the time of the ride but can register for more information on our Ride/Event List at arkansasbicycleclub.org. jobritt@sbcglobal.net

Wanted to Ride: Appalachian Gravel Growler variant

Created: Jan 3, 2019

Bikepacking.com has recently published the description and route for the AGG. As described, it goes from Morgantown, West Virginia, to Brevard, North Carolina, and is 217 miles, 60% epic gravel, a little easy singletrack, and an epic stretch of pavement on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Mt Mitchell. I am proposing riding it in reverse starting in Greenville, South Carolina. This will add a day and 60ish miles. This would be a self-supported ride camping and visiting famous craft brewers on the route. Time frame should be flexible, 7-10 days. Shuttle from Morgantown to Greenville arranged. There is a tunnel out, which, unless addressed, may mean the AGG route would need to be altered. http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/appalachian-gravel-growler/ Mcburnjow@gmail.com

State to State

Route 66 - April 2018

Created: Jan 10, 2018

I am looking for someone interested in riding Route 66 with me this year. I will be leaving Chicago around April 8, give or take a few days, and making my way west toward Santa Monica following the ACA's Route 66. I have the maps and plan to do about 60–80 miles/day. We wouldn't necessarily need to ride together all day but instead have a meeting point at the end of the day. Everyone rides differently so I don't want to be forced to stick together. I've done several tours and I have the Route 66 maps. Shoot me an email to discuss further! Thanks :) ty.dawley@gmx.us

Western Canada

Gulf and Vancouver Islands, Sept. 2-16, 2019

Created: Aug 1, 2019

Hi all, female, 56, looking for companion for all or part of a two-week tour of the Gulf Islands and part of Vancouver Island. Comfortable riding with stops to enjoy, about 40 mi/day. Still working on my route and would appreciate any tips on roads to avoid. Would love suggestions from those who have done a similar tour. Planning to arrive by train in Vancouver (from Seattle), finishing in Victoria (ferry back to Seattle). Thank you! aedunskus@yahoo.com

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