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

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. madhuri1555@gmail.com

Southern Tier, January 2020. East to West

Created: Nov 4, 2019

Looking to partner up with someone. I'll be riding the Southern Tier somewhere around January 10. I'll be leaving for Florida from Connecticut on January 2 ... probably get there around the 4th. Ride the Keys with my Dad (on his bucket list) and then start at St. Augustine on the 10th or 11th. I plan to start out riding 60-75 miles a day and graduate to 75-100 miles a day. I'm 55 years old and ride a recumbent. Let me know if you're interested. sellit@kw.com

SAG Driver available Spring 2020

Created: Oct 21, 2019

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. bng905@gmail.com bng905@gmail.com

Modified TransAm

Created: Oct 7, 2019

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

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!! centermass1976@gmail.com

Modified TransAm 2020

Created: Sep 30, 2019

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! jdgoldwing1@sbcglobal.net or 405-227-8474 jdgoldwing1@sbcglobal.net

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. a1b2llc@gmail.com

Ride Across America

Created: Aug 28, 2019

Hello, I joined with lots of hope to connect with fellow cyclists. I am planning to start my cross-country ride next week from Morgan Hill, California, to Louisiana, then riding up to DC. I am from India and have traveled all across India and Southeast Asia. Here I am in a new country, but with lots of belief and passion to travel across the U.S. Sincerely looking for any like-minded riders who wish to join with me somewhere on my way. Thanks, Anirban aniacharya07@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

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

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

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route July 2020

Created: Nov 12, 2019

I have a group of 6 experienced people that will be riding north to south starting in early July 2020 at Banff. 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. Will be self-supported and camping. Will do the Flathead cutoff. Will not be going all the way to Antelope Wells, will end somewhere in Southern Colorado around the first part of September. Would like to add 2 more riders. vjsparks@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

Looking for Cycling Friends

Created: Oct 7, 2019

Love to find more people in western Maryland area that like both off-road and on-road biking. Hit me up! centermass1976@gmail.com

Midwest

Kansas to Jackson, WY 2020

Created: Sep 30, 2019

63-year-old male riding from Wichita, Kansas, to Jackson, Wyoming. This had been listed as Kansas to Seattle, but I've decided to split the Seattle trip into two installments. I plan to follow the TransAm from Newton, Kansas, to Jackson Lake then south to Jackson. I am thinking a combo of camping, Warmshowers, and hotels based on what makes sense at the time -- I am flexible. I am inclined to eat at restaurants, convenience stores, fast food, etc., but will carry what I need to cook when necessary or desired. In terms of experience, I rode across Kansas in 2015 (fully supported 500+ mile ride), and did a self-supported ride from Kansas to Washington, DC, in June 2018. Departure date is flexible, but 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

Starting in St. Augustine mid-January 2020

Created: Oct 16, 2019

I would like to begin a ride in St. Augustine, Florida, around mid-January 2020. I am not sure yet if I will head west along the Southern Tier to Austin, Texas, or head north on the Atlantic Coast route. I could go either way. Or possibly head north from Mobile following the Underground Railroad route and then east on the TransAmerica Trail. Anyway, pretty much undecided as to route. Just know that start date will be around 2nd or 3rd week of January and will start in St. Augustine, Florida. I am 68 years old, plan on biking from 40 to 60 miles per day, camping about 60–70 percent of the time, very flexible as to pace and direction. My name is Geoff. woolga@gmail.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

Southeast

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

Southwest

4 ACA Routes in one loop, Truckee to Truckee

Created: Nov 18, 2019

Hi, planning on touring 8 to 12 weeks, starting at the beginning of May 2020. My idea is to cycle a loop: Truckee - Western Express to Cedar City - Grand Canyon Connector to Wickenburg - Southern Tier to Pine Valley - Sierra Cascades to Truckee. If you have any trouble with a slow but steady rider, don't read any further! Camping, self-contained. Sometimes Warmshowers. I am an experienced touring cyclist, mostly solo. If you are still reading, I'm a 58-year-old female living in Switzerland, and I would be happy to have company, but not someone who I first see in the camp in the evening. freckles24@gmail.com

State to State

New Hampshire to Arizona

Created: Sep 16, 2019

I am an 18-year-old male. Picking up the Atlantic Coast route from western Connecticut to Richmond, Virginia. From there going west to Berea, Kentucky, (visiting a friend and WOOFing for a bit). Then visiting some places in Tennessee before heading south on the Natchez Trace. From there on out following the Southern Tier to Arizona. Camping/Warmshowers. Leaving late September. Flexible on the timeline, would be happy to have company on any part. ryewood01@gmail.com

New Hampshire to Arizona

Created: Sep 16, 2019

I am an 18-year-old male. Leaving late September. Picking up the Atlantic Coast route from western Connecticut to Richmond, Virginia. From there going west to Berea, Kentucky (visiting a friend and WOOFing for a bit). Then visiting some places in Tennessee before heading south on the Natchez Trace. From there on out following the Southern Tier to Arizona. Camping/Warmshowers. Flexible on the timeline would be happy to have company on any part. ryewood01@gmail.com

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

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