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

Mid-country ride

Created: Sep 9, 2020

Plan is to start from Oceanside, California. Go northeast through through Las Vegas to Utah. Then bike through that state going to Colorado. Kinda follow Highway 70 going through Denver. Proceeding to Kansas City then ending on the East Coast in Virginia Beach. Plan to stay overnight in motels. Travel 50-75 miles a day. Thinking start date around May 1, 2021.

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Southern Tier

Created: Sep 2, 2020

Looking for companions to journey with me across the U.S. to Florida around mid-March 2021.Will start from the beach in Southern California. I'm flexible on starting date. Just don't want to leave too late as the weather gets hot on this ride. Would prefer to stay in motels or Airbnb. I want this to be adventurous trip! Thinking 50–75 miles a day. Hopefully companions are easy-going and flexible.

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TransAmerica Ride Spring / Summer 2021

Created: Aug 7, 2020

I'm looking for companion(s) to join in riding the TransAmerica Trail in spring/early summer of 2021. I am new to bikepacking but am reasonably fit and would be looking to do ~80 miles daily and potentially stopping for multiple days in towns of interest along the way. I would like to do a mixture of camping and motel/hotel sleeping. I'm relatively flexible on timing and route so reach out if this sounds of interest.

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Southern Tier

Created: Aug 3, 2020

Flexible trip on the Southern Tier. Looking for companions. Was on the waitlist for the group ride this September, unfortunately, that trip was cancelled. Hoping to depart out of San Diego on or near September 13. Finish in St. Augustine, Florida, before Thanksgiving. Not really fixed on pace as much as enjoying the experience. Hoping for a 50-mile daily average. Looking to camp, hotel, 50/50 at most. All depends on how available campsites are due to Covid shutdowns. New to cross-country touring, though fit and will be ready. Plan to be self-contained. Best wishes, Jim

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Diagonal across the USA

Created: Jul 27, 2020

Looking to ride diagonally across the USA, from Bellingham, Washington, to Key West, Florida, starting in June 2021 (flexible on start date), staying in motels/hotels (warmer showers and comfortable beds every night) and eating out (no cooking or camping). Looking to ride 90 to 120 miles depending on motel locations — just looking for some cycling fun. eBikes are welcome

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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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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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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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Europe

France - Eurovelo 6

Created: Sep 15, 2020

I'm looking for a partner (prefer female) to join me for a 670-mile ride across the Loire Valley of France from Basel, Switzerland, to Saint-Nazaire. May 1–30, 2021. Average 35 miles per day with plenty of time for photography and sightseeing. Staying in small hotels and B&Bs.

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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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Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Late Summer/Fall Great Divide Route 2021

Created: Aug 5, 2020

I'm planning on riding the GDMBR in 2021 from either Jasper or Banff to Mexico. North to South. Start late July/early August 2021 and finish by Mid-October 2021. Looking for fellow riders for all or some of the adventure. If we take one day off each week, we would need to average 47 miles per day. I'm not looking to tear it up, but rather survive and enjoy the trip.

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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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Intermountain West

CO San Juan Skyway Tour 9/23 - 9/27/2020 SOON!

Created: Sep 18, 2020

Short Notice but I'm going to do the loop from Durango to Cortez to Telluride to Ouray to Silverston and back to Durango starting next Wednesday, 9/23, for 5 days. Join me! I'm booking cheap hotels and not carrying a lot except my clothes. Paved roads but advanced. I'm 66, in good shape, have cycled a lot but kinda of new to touring. Call me to discuss if you want. 818 288 4743. Charley Egan Here's the link to the Adventure Cycling Tour that I'm going to follow: https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/inn-to-inn-tours/2020-co-san-juan-skyway-inn-to-inn/

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Midwest

Ohio region tours (Midwest)

Created: Aug 14, 2020

I'm 61 and new to cycling. Ex-rower. Just completed Cincinnati to Cleveland ride. Average 60-65 miles a day. Hotels and B&Bs for lodging, although I did buy camping gear. Seeking female companion to try other routes like Erie Canal, or C&O towpath into DC.

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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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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

Northern New England Riders

Created: Sep 14, 2020

'Senior' cyclists seeking ride companions for local day rides or occasional longer outings. Not fast but determined. We are in western Maine but also enjoy a good road trip to ride a new area. Maybe we can start a regular riding group.

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Fall Foliage in NH 9-day loop from/to Portsmouth area

Created: Aug 31, 2020

Join multilingual cycling buddies (between us we speak English, Spanish, Russian, Hindi) for a 9-day (October 5-13, 2020) Fall Foliage tour of New Hampshire. Route: staying at the most charming NH towns: Portsmouth-Concord-Meredith-Wolfeboro- North Conway-Gorham-Woodstock-Lebanon-Keene-Manchester-Portsmouth. 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, local micro-brews. Start Monday Oct 5 from Newburyport MA just across the state line; multiple options for public transportation travel to/from Boston and other NE points. Will follow Covid regulations.

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MA 5-day Wachusetts-Quabbin-Pioneer Va-Berkshires April 2021

Created: Aug 31, 2020

Lover of comfortable, safe cyclo-tourism and intermodal transportation seeks companions for spring 2021 4- to 5-day half-circle of Massachusetts starting in Wachusetts (MBTA commuter rail station) and ending in Worcester (MBTA commuter rail station). Route includes Lake Quabbin area, Pioneer valley, and Berkshires (Petersham-Amherst-North Adams-Pittsfield/Lenox-Northampton-Worcester); stay at inns/motels TBD. Full 4-5 day trip in mid-April 2021 (possibly April 17-21 to coincide with MA's Spring school recess) (or earlier TBD), Reconnaissance/training rides of parts of route this fall. Moderate pace, lots of breaks. Contact if interested or have suggestions! Covid regulations will be observed.

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Cape Cod MA/RI/NH weekend trips summer 2020

Created: Jul 22, 2020

Local to MA/RI/Southern NH? Multicultural F with lots of touring experience in Europe and New England, seeks companions to explore the region off the beaten path, day trips or weekend overnights (hotels). Cape Cod option: Cape Flyer train (running weekends through Labor Day) with roll-on bicycle service Boston-Hyannis, cycle to Provincetown, back to Boston with evening ferry. Also considering day trips starting in Boston, Concord, Fitchburg, Newburyport, Providence, other points on MBTA grid. Average speed 13-14 MPH on flats, much slower on hills. Will observe Covid regulations.

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Northwest

Willamette Valley to Crater Lake

Created: Sep 18, 2020

I'm planning an 8-day tour from Myrtle Creek, Oregon, up to Diamond Lake and Crater Lake, and back down the Umpqua Valley to the start. Either inns and rental houses, or camping, 60–70 miles per day with one rest day. I'm a recently retired professor with many years of riding experience, but now starting to slow down ;-). Dates flexible; I've had to reschedule because of the disastrous fires. Early October would be ideal if that's possible. If you are potentially interested, even if we have to postpone until the spring, please get in touch.

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Northwest cycling

Created: Sep 9, 2020

I am seeking cycling buddies with whom to cycle in Washington State. Weekends ideal but schedule has some flex. At 58 years old, I prefer touring conditions, longer distances at sightseeing speeds, typically between 35–50 miles per day. I prefer cycling in rural regions, and on recreational trails, the less cars the better. Overnighters bonus.

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Pacific Coast

College student Pacific Coast 2021

Created: Aug 10, 2020

I'm a college sophomore taking a gap year for the 2020-21 school year due to online classes, and I'm hoping to ride the Pacific Coast route in its entirety in spring 2021! I spent the summer working in a bike shop and am a pretty experienced cyclist, my longest tour being a cross-country ride of about 3,200 miles from GA to CA last summer. Most of my touring has been fast-paced, and I'd love this one to be a bit more chill. I'm still hoping to ride at least 60 miles a day but want to take time to explore places as we pass through, maybe stop to hike, etc. Planning on camping, cheap inns, Warmshowers, and staying with friends. I would love to ride with another college student or recent grad taking time off!

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Canada to Mexico along the Pacific

Created: Aug 6, 2020

I planned on doing this for a few years now. I ride a recumbent and want to ride from Canada to Mexico along the Pacific Ocean. I drove along the road to get an idea and haven't been able to get going as I have no actual experience at overnight bike travel. The Southern Tier I was signed up for was canceled recently, so it seems like it is time to get going. I am totally flexible as to departure time and daily travel limits. Ideally it would be hotels or Warmshowers, and camping as necessary. Minimal cooking, but I can do anything as required. If you are interested and we might be a good fit let me know. Recently retired (2 years now!) military background, married, male 59 years old. I tend to not over-plan. Email if interested.

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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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