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

Southern Tier West to East

Created: Jan 13, 2020

I am looking for a good riding partner(s). This is my first journey across the U.S. I intend to do the Southern Tier from San Diego to St. Augustine. Average 50 miles a day, with time to see a few sites along the way. A day (or two) a week off for recovery. Some hotels, campgrounds, hot showers, and stealth camping. Some deviation to the path is a possibility. I am a fit 60-year-old retired male with an adventurous spirit. I am not in a rush or race to finish. Might go a little out of my way to hit a refreshing natural hot spring. I plan to leave on March 8, 2020, from the beach. Start early each day, finish mid-afternoon and relax. hcsm@comcast.net

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. rmccutch@usa.net

Modified TransAm

Created: Dec 31, 2019

2020 Modified TransAm east to west, early May depart, self-contained. TransAm to Missoula, Great Parks North to Jasper, then onto Vancouver. My name is Joe, I'm 64, and this will be my sixth crossing. Seeking 1-2 companions. tourmeister@excite.com

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. rick.az.mason@gmail.com

TransAmerica Trail west to east, August to Nov

Created: Nov 21, 2019

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 at stephenrhyde@yahoo.com stephenrhyde@yahoo.com

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

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

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

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

Ireland

Created: Jan 14, 2020

Returning to Ireland summer of 2020 or 2021 to enjoy some of the best cycle touring in Europe along the western coastlines, outlying islands, and Northern Ireland. Looking to share the adventure with one other sociable, M/F cyclist over 40. Fly to Shannon. Three weeks or longer. B&Bs, 40-60 miles a day. Light, daily rainfall, cool temps. Little sun. Prehistoric settlements, lots of stone walls, conviviality, Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking) regions. A ride on the "Happy Hooker." An extensive network of peaceful, narrow backroads, 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. ljubljana2014-a@yahoo.com

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 jamesrludwig@gmail.com

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. yikesmon@gmail.com

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. 805cycle@gmail.com

International Touring Partners

Created: Nov 25, 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 4th day. The SAG driver would assume all the duties a SAG driver would do at a commercial cycle touring company. 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. 805cycle@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

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. kimh51@hotmail.com

Mid-Atlantic

Jacksonville to Montreal

Created: Dec 20, 2019

Looking for fellow adventurers to join me on a self-supported ride from Jacksonville, Florida, to Montreal, Canada, starting sometime in March 2020. I look to average 50 to 80 miles a day mas o menos. I plan on sleeping in a tent 5 to 6 days a week with rest day in a hotel. Stopping to explore along the way is welcomed. I am 49 and retired, easygoing, and very flexible to accommodate fellow riders. I enjoy meeting people from all walks in life. Jayrodphil@gmail.com

Midwest

Lake Michigan Circle Tour

Created: Dec 2, 2019

I am a retired senior who plans to ride around Lake Michigan next summer. This will be my first self-supported trip. I plan to average 50 to 60 miles per day with occasional rest days. I would like one or two companions. The plan is to camp and occasional motels. At this time I am flexible regarding starting date. rensep@hotmail.com

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

North America

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

Pacific Coast

Vancouver, BC, to San Francisco May 1-May 31, 2020

Created: Jan 17, 2020

I am a senior cyclist with much touring experience. Last trip was 1 month in Italy. I would like to ride from Vancouver to San Francisco or perhaps farther south following Route U.S. 1. May 1 departure as there may be less traffic. I do not want to camp, but rather stay with Warmshowers hosts and inexpensive hotels/motels. Ride distance daily 30–50 miles. I would like to ride with an experienced cyclist who is flexible and has a sense of humor. sharonlazare@gmail.com

Sierra Cascades

Semi-supported Sierra-Cascades Tour, Summer 2020

Created: Dec 16, 2019

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 embradfield@gmail.com

Southeast

Colorado to Florida (Spring of 2020)

Created: Jan 2, 2020

I am a 68-year-old male looking for a small number of other cyclists to join him in mid-March in a self-supported ride from Colorado Springs to the west coast of Florida. I am still refining the route but generally plan to ride southeast into Texas, then join the Southern Tier route either in southern Texas or in Louisiana. I expect to average 50-60 miles per day and mostly stay in motels and campgrounds. I am open to anyone who only wants to ride partway and to adjusting the route as long as we avoid major metro areas. colobikenut@msn.com

Trans North Georgia April/May 2020

Created: Dec 2, 2019

Greetings. My home is in southcentral Alaska. Once a year I venture outside this state to participate in a bikepacking adventure. Last year I chose the Baja Divide. This year I'll be traveling to northern Georgia to bikepack the TNGA. The route is 357 miles from South Carolina across northern Georgia to the Alabama border. It will be mostly off-road with camping in rugged terrain so a mountain bike is a must. My plan is to complete it in 6-8 days. I'm looking for a team member who can put on a happy face through blood, sweat, and tears. My name is Kevin. I'm 50 years old and am employed as a professional mariner/marine pilot in Alaska. kmshort49@gmail.com

Southwest

Southern Tier Route

Created: Jan 8, 2020

Would like to do the Southern Tier route doing mostly hotel/motel and eating in cafes. Not much of a camper. I am a 76-year-old male in reasonably good shape. Would like to average 70 to 80 miles a day or what weather and terrain will allow. Departure early spring, no definite date yet. dobbsair@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

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