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

I just wanna get warm (nod to Mark Heard) Fall 17

Created: Feb 14, 2017

I'm a 60 y/o male with a diverse CV seeking adventurous companions — let's see some of this ol' world while we can. I'm currently living in Pueblo, CO, and my warmshowers ID is Michael Jay Grace. In 2016 I hosted 53 cyclists and got the fever bad, so my hope is to travel warmer climes for at least next winter, roughly from late September 2017 to spring 2018... but nothing carved in stone. I'm much more interested in international but open to where and a bit on the when... what are your dreams? Are you willing and able to make them happen? If yes, let's start talking and see where we end up! TIA and safe travels. Email

Asia

Vietnam - Hanoi to Saigon

Created: Jun 23, 2017

In 2016 I organized a successful group ride in Vietnam and would like to do it again in 2018. The ride will leave Hanoi around March 8 and arrive in Saigon around April 4. The trained and licensed bilingual Vietnamese tour guide we used in 2016 is available. We'll stay in hotels every night and have van support for our gear. Shared expenses ran about $3,500 each. It will take four or five of us to make this work. Lots of photos and info available. Email

Indian Himalaya again

Created: Apr 3, 2017

I organized a successful 2016 trip with Adventure Cycling. Details/references/youtube URLs on request. Hope to go back to do the harder core bits with minimal re-tracing. Summer 2018 or 2019. Let's strategize/collaborate. Roughly Leh to Kargil via Dha Hanu; Kargil to Zanskar via Pensi La; Zanskar to Lahaul via newish Shingo la "road", and maybe even exit via Sach pass. Jeep support possible for most of it; to discuss. Not super high altitude but tough and remote; big mountain experience desirable. Email

Cycling in the Himalayas

Created: Apr 3, 2017

Looking for 4-6 companions for a 2.5-3 week cycling trip in the Himalayas in Ladakh, India, btw June-October. The plan: fly to Leh, ride through Nubra Valley, the remnant of the Silk Route, and then through Tibetan Plateau and over the stunning Leh-Manali Highway. The trip ends in Manali followed by a bus ride to Delhi. I organized this trip last summer (July 2016) for a U.S. cycling group who are active members of Adventure Cyclist (ref. D. Koelle). We had a fabulous time, crossing high mountain passes (5000m), & visiting monasteries and hamlets. Accom: camping & local homestays. Support camper will ride along with full kitchen and equipment. Let me know if you are interested and able to join anytime between June-October. muniapal@gmail.com Email

Ride through Ladakh: A Himalayan Cycling Trip

Created: Feb 23, 2017

Looking for 2-4 companions for a 2.5-3 week cycling trip in the Himalayas in Ladakh (June-October period). The plan: fly to Leh, ride through Nubra Valley, which is the remnant of the Silk Route, and then through Tibetan Plateau and over the stunning Leh-Manali Highway. The trip ends in Manali and then a sleeper bus ride to New Delhi. I organized this trip last summer (July 2016) for a US cycling group who are active members of Adventure Cyclist (ref. D. Koelle). We had a fabulous time, crossing high mountain passes (5000m), & visiting monasteries and hamlets. Accom: camping & local homestays. Support camper will ride along with full kitchen and equipment. Let me know if you are interested and able to join anytime between June-October. Email

Cross Country

Southern Tier, Sept-Nov 2017

Created: Jul 10, 2017

I'm a semi-retired Firefighter/Paramedic, 55 years old, planning a west to east tour on the Southern Tier for early to mid-September to early to mid-November 2017. Please let me know if you're interested in a riding partner for part or all of the Tier. Camping out and maybe a hotel one maybe two nights a week. Planning on averaging 55-75 miles a day at a 10 mph pace. Thank you Email

D.C. Area to Seattle, May 2018

Created: Jul 10, 2017

Hey, I'm Bill and I'm 55 years old. I'm looking for 1-2 mellow, even-tempered partners for VA to Seattle. I mostly made up the route but poached some from Eastern Express and TransAm. I plan to start end of May. My goal is to average 50-70 mi/day, push when necessary or inspired, but mostly chill and enjoy the trip. I'm thinking 60-70 days total. I plan to cook dinner and carry food for lunch, but will happily use eateries for variety and laziness. I rode XC in 1995 and a few 1-2 week tours recently. Having toured with my daughter, I'd appreciate a female partner for diversity, but I'm happy to travel with anyone who is primarily easygoing and positive. Email

Cross-country bike tour, spring 2018

Created: May 18, 2017

I've been blessed by God physically, mentally, spiritually, and economically. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and feel I'm being led to take what God has given me in abundance and give it to other people. I am choosing to live a life of simplicity and modesty. I'm selling or giving away most of my possessions and I'm embarking on a self-reflective, soul-searching, faith-building journey across the United States in hopes of showing Christ's love along the way. I'm fully prepared to do this alone but would enjoy the company of anyone male or female who has a relationship with Jesus Christ and has a desire to live a life of simplicity and humble service to others while continuing to grow your faith. Contact me for more details. Email

TransAm Tour

Created: Apr 11, 2017

My name is Jeff...will retire by December...looking for companion/s to go with in May of 2018 West to East. I snore so will park my tent far enough away! ???? Email

Coast to coast

Created: Feb 16, 2017

I'm a 56-year-old male cyclist living in Ireland, with little touring experience. Thinking of doing Washington state to New York (Long Island) in 2018. Would hope to do 50–65 miles per day. Will be camping mostly! Rest day here and there. Starting or finishing point not written in stone! Would love to join a few other on a coast-to-coast trip in May 2018. Drop me an email, let me know your plan. Email

Trans Am West to East

Created: Jan 3, 2017

Riding the TransAmerica route from Astoria to Norfolk in 2017. Experienced tourer, 59 young male. Want to travel light, motels for lodging, of course see the sites along the way but don't want to be tied down with 60 lbs of gear. Not firm on departure yet but between May and August. Turning 60 in July, love experiencing America on a bike. Have done the Northern Tier in 2012 and a must experience, those of you thinking of a transcontinental ride, do it now, don't wait, this is a beautiful country with beautiful people and the best way is slow on a bike. Please let me know if you'd like to join, last time was solo but company is very welcome, male or female. Happy New year everyone, shoot me an email if you want. Email

The Restore Honor Ride — CA to DC 2017

Created: Sep 26, 2016

This ride is to recognize and honor all the LGBT veterans who served our country and to raise awareness that they can now upgrade their discharges, get the benefits that they've been denied, and re-enlist if they are still eligible. We will start in April 2017 in Santa Monica on the Route 66 trail, transition to the TransAmerica Trail, and finish the final leg on the Atlantic Coast Route. We will ride around 50 miles a day, 6 days a week. We will have experienced SAG support and will stay at RV campgrounds. There is no requirement to raise money to join the ride, but it would definitely be great if you believe in the cause. You could ride the entire way or join for a portion of the ride. I have never done this before, so it will be an adventure. Email

Eastern Canada

Michigan to PEI then to Key West

Created: Apr 18, 2017

62 male leaving Michigan July 15 heading to Toronto up the Route Verte to Prince Edward Island. Then down East Coast to Key West. Biked OR to MI in 2014. Mainly warmshowers and Couchsurfing. 60–90 miles/day, extra days in some cities. Please contact if interested in some parts of ride. Going to be a blast, lots to do, lot to see, plenty of beer to drink, and new friends to make! Planning on riding the greenway down the coast whenever possible. Happy riding my friends. Joe Email

Europe

Normandy and the Loire Valley

Created: Jun 26, 2017

Seasoned male cycle tourist inviting interest from an adventurous cyclist, male or female, in joining me for a three- to four-week trip along France's beautiful Loire River Valley and the Normandy coast in the summer of 2018. Dates to be determined. Prefer someone age 40 or above. Fly into and out of Paris, with a day or three of train travel in between. Overnights in chambre d'hotes (B&Bs). 30–50 casual miles a day. Interested in enjoying the small villages, boulangeries (bakeries), cuisine, and scenery along the way and exploring the WWII D-Day invasion sites in Normandy. Je parle un peu de survie en voyage en français. Et vous? Email

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

A Bite of the Great Divide

Created: Jun 5, 2017

Three guys from Minnesota ages 41-58 are riding from Butte, MT, to Pinedale, WY, on the GDMBR. We are departing Butte on Sunday, July 9, and plan to reach Pinedale by July 21. That's roughly 50 miles per day. We have a truck to follow along taking turns at driving. If you'd like to join us, or if you'll be on that section of the route at that time, please let me know. Email

GDMBR: Banff heading south June/July 2018

Created: May 4, 2017

Hey, I'm David, a 40-year-old from the UK and I am planning to cycle the GDMBR from Banff in Canada at around end of June/early July in 2018. I will be taking it at a somewhat leisurely pace to ensure I get to experience the surroundings, perhaps 50/60 miles per day. I might even be pushing the bike up steeper hills. I will be taking a tent so will be looking to do some wild camping, log cabins, and the odd motel here and there. As I have family in San Diego, I will be looking to branch off at some point at the southern end to go there. It would be great if one or more people were interested in joining me in the experience and tagging along for some or all of it. Feel free to message me if you would be interested. Regards David Email

GDMBR Canada to Mexico 2018

Created: Apr 18, 2017

Youthful 50s M/F couple from MI will start from Canadian border in July. Self-supported and equipped to camp but will use hostels or hotels when available. Usually 50-mile days and willing to take down days whenever we really like some place or the weather is severe. We're very fit people but our agenda is to enjoy the journey, not set pace records. We would like to connect with others who may be able to make part or all of this journey with us. Email

Great Divide 2017

Created: Mar 10, 2017

I started the Divide in Banff end of Aug 2016 and was stopped by wildfires near Flag Ranch. Planning on finishing to Antelope Springs in August 2017. I am a 58-year-old male, will travel 50-80 miles/day and camp/hotel/B&B. Looking to start near Flag Ranch and finish in 30 days. Email

Great Divide Ride

Created: Feb 23, 2017

I rode 9 days on the Great divide Route last Aug but had to get off at Helena, MT. So this year I am riding out of Missoula, MT, in late July and joining route in Butte, MT, and headed south to Wyoming and beyond. Anyone who wants to join me in Missoula or if you're heading down the route perhaps we can ride for a bit. Drop an email. Peace, Steve Reynolds Email

Great Divide Ride 2017

Created: Feb 13, 2017

Starting Great Divide ride from Banff on August 1. 64-year-old male in good shape with fairly good mechanical skills, lots of backpacking/riding experience & some touring experience. Targeting 50 miles a day +/- but not a killer pace. Packing to camp but also the occasional motel/hostel/etc. From Salt Lake City & wife will occasionally sag. Email

GDMBR North to South July 2017

Created: Jan 23, 2017

I am a 43-year old female looking for fun, kind, and easy-going companion(s) to bicycle the Great Divide with. I am an experienced cyclist/backpacker and bicycled across the U.S. when I was 23. I like to travel in a relaxed and peaceful way but also like to push myself when necessary. I average about 10 mph with panniers on highways (not sure on gravel/dirt). I enjoy camping, staying with hosts, and hostels/hotels/motels. I am planning on leaving Portland in July to travel to Banff via a combination of bike and train. I expect to start biking from Banff in mid-July and end in Antelope Wells in mid-September. Feel free to email me at nearaquietstream@gmail.com if you're interested in joining me and/or forming a small group. Thanks, Angela. Email

Great Divide North to South August 2017

Created: Jan 12, 2017

I will be leaving Banff around Aug 21 and hope to finish in about 32 days. I am a 41-year-old firefighter from Wisconsin that has a strong mountain bike background with part-time bike mechanic skills and basic medical experience. I plan to do a mixture of camping and hotels. I am looking for partners for part or all of the trip! Email

The Great Divide Summer 2017

Created: Oct 14, 2016

Look for a companion to cycle the Great Divide sometime in August 2017. I'll be flying in to Calgary and setting off from Banff, looking to cover around 60 miles a day. I'm a 22-year-old guy from the UK, by then I'll have finished my degree in Environmental Science. I'll be riding a Surly ECR Fat bike with bike bags and plan to do a fair bit of camping. Just drop me an email if you're interested. Cheers! Email

International

Mexico - Baja Divide

Created: Jun 19, 2017

Planning on riding the 1,700-mile Baja Divide - Mexico (https://bajadivide.com/) with an early November 2017 start date in San Diego and hope to complete within 5–6 weeks. Camping most nights with occasional hotel/motel/guesthouse. I am a fit 60-year-old Brit (male) who completed the Great Divide from Banff to the Mexican border last summer. Anyone out there interested in joining me? Email

Europe to Asia 2017

Created: Feb 27, 2017

I'm biking from Europe to Asia starting in early-mid September, heading out from Estonia and making my way east towards China. Itinerary-ish (I'm very flexible): Estonia in Sept, Baltics in Dec, (Greece to hide out the winter), Turkey in Feb-March, ideally want to start the Stans in April-May to enjoy the mountainous regions, and China in June. SEA: Ideally when it starts getting colder. I am a 25-year-old male, who has a pretty good amount of backcountry and bicycle touring experience. I plan on wild camping as much as possible while throwing in the towel for a hotel/hostel once in a while. To avoid the winter I'm totally game to hunker down and volunteer somewhere! Not afraid to go off the map, try local foods, take the harder way for some epic views! Email

Midwest

Testing the waters

Created: May 31, 2017

Looking for some local company for some week rides between destinations of friends and family visits throughout the Midwest. It's my first tour, so easy mileage. Leaving Detroit, MI, July 2 and heading toward Indianapolis. Cutting across the state of IL toward St. Louis before moving north toward Chicago by the end of the month. If you live near there and can join me for a day or a week, shoot me an email and let's discuss the possibilities. Email

Miscellaneous

East Coast Ride

Created: Dec 28, 2016

Portland, Maine, to Key West, Florida, Sept. 15, 2017, heading down the East Coast. Male, 60, organizing ride, 60–80 miles a day, fully supported, want to stay free inside at churches, volunteer fire dept., community centers, etc. taking 1 day off per week. Please see my website for details and contact. Email

North America

Mexico, Central America

Created: Jun 29, 2017

Planning to head south from San Diego in mid-November down Baja, ferry over to the mainland from LaPaz, then south along the west coast through Mexico into Central America to the Panama Canal. Then start up the east coast back into Mexico and return to the U.S. I'm a mid-50s male, very flexible with the route or any other concerns you may have, plan to use a lot of hotels, but will have camping equipment as well. I like to average around 70 miles a day, with rest days as needed. Only know very basic Spanish, so if you're fluent, it would be very helpful. Email

Atlanta to Santa Monica via RT 66, 2018

Created: Mar 13, 2017

Female, 61 y/o looking to make long-distance tour next year starting near Atlanta, Georgia, on the Silver Comet Trail, off at Piedmont, Alabama, Hwy 278 west to Fulton, Mississippi, then north to Springfield, Missouri, to pick up RT 66 west. Not doing a race here, slow rider with fully equipped Trek 520, tent & geared up. Looking to hit hotels, but I want to be equipped just in case we don't make it to the next town. Any age/gender preferred, retired individual or someone without time constraints. I've got the gear, enough credit for hotels to pull it off if you don't and the time. Flexible on departure schedule sometime next year. Upon arrival at the West Coast, plans are to ship the bike back home and fly back to Atlanta. You will be responsible for your own gear. Email

Warrior Expeditions - TAT

Created: Dec 27, 2016

Looking for combat veterans to take on the off-road Trans-America Trail (TAT) during the summer of 2018. We'll start in mid-May to complete by the end of August. Email

Crossing the north

Created: May 10, 2016

Currently in Alexandria, MN, on a trip from Michigan to Seattle. Traveling about 60 miles per day. Northern Tier to Havre, MT, then driving to Great Falls, then Lewis & Clark to WA. Would love to ride with someone for a day or two here and there. Email

Northeast

Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Tow Path

Created: May 9, 2017

Starting Aug 1 and need to finish by Aug 5. Planning on camping for most nights. First touring adventure. Just planning on going with the flow. Hoping to ride 60-80 miles daily. Email

N. England-Great Lakes loop via Trans-Canada Trail

Created: Apr 10, 2017

Hi folks- my name is Ethan and I'm 24, male, and planning a two-month trip this summer (mid-June through mid-August) before I start grad school. My planned route is a loop starting/ending in New England and following parts of the following routes: the newly-completed Trans-Canada Bike Trail; USBR 7 (VT); ACA routes: North Lakes, Northern Tier, Chicago to NYC; additional sections TBD. I will be doing 60-70 miles/day, camping out and finding homestays, doing some cooking, having a transformative experience! I'm looking for a companion for some or all of the trip. Let me know if we might cross paths! Cheers. Email

Pacific Coast

Wanted: Riding Companions West Coast

Created: Jan 9, 2017

They say the third time's a charm — we'll see. Retired male 65-year-old looking for company for self-contained touring in the West this year. Would like to do some touring in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California. Both road and Rail Trails. Lots of experience in backpacking, camping, and cycling. Want to combine them all into bike touring the country. I've done a few bike overnight trips the last two years on my own and would now like to do longer trips (weeks/months) and would like some company. Don't have lots of money, camping most nights, motel at times. Thinking about 60 miles/day. No cast-in-stone routes or distance, adjust as necessary for fun and enjoyment. Email

Sierra Cascades

Counter Clockwise from Denver 2017

Created: May 15, 2017

Hi everyone! My name is Mike, I'm a 33-year-old male looking for some riding buddies. I'll be leaving Denver, CO, around mid-June 2017 and heading in a counter-clockwise direction along the TransAmerica, Great Parks North, Northern Tier, Sierra Cascades, Route 66, Grand Canyon Connector, and Great Parks South routes all the way back to Denver. Camping mostly. Would love some company! If you're along any of those routes or want to meet and ride along for any duration, please send me an email! Hope to hear from you! Email

South America

Ride the length of Chile this winter

Created: May 30, 2017

Chile has been been one of my destinations for a few years now. It is 2,300 top to bottom and I would like to have one or more companions to ride it. I have ridden extensively including Japan, The Way of St. James through France and Spain, USA, Ireland, Cuba, and several small trips. I average between 50 and 60 miles a day and prefer camping, hostels, warmershowers.com, and inexpensive accommodations such as B&Bs and monasteries. Email

Colombia

Created: Apr 13, 2017

Bogota to Medellin thru the coffee growing region of Colombia. I'm a 57-year-old female with lots of International cycling experience and fair Spanish. Plenty of climbing at altitude. August 10–Sept 1, 2017. No camping necessary. Three weeks should be plenty of time to acclimate and get to Medellin and beyond. Maybe hike to the "Lost City?" Email

State to State

San Antonio, TX, to Jackson, WY

Created: May 26, 2017

Seeking companion(s) for early September departure. Aiming for 100 miles/day. Email

Companion for short trips in TX, OK, AR, MS

Created: Mar 28, 2017

59 yo Christian male who lives with Short Bowel Syndrome, ready to ride again, seeking companion for short 2–4 day trips to get conditioned for longer trips. Interested in surrounding states to start with. Lets get together and enjoy what God made. Email

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