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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Asia

NE India exploration

Created: Jan 4, 2021

Looking for potential companions for a future trip to the Indian panhandle. Especially interested in exploring the rugged Tibetan terrain of Arunchal Pradesh, but would also like to see other provinces in this often-overlooked region. Considering starting in Darjeeling with a trek to the 3rd highest mountain in the world. No date set, just seeing if other people are interested. This would be a rugged trip with some big climbs and rough roads, but an unparalleled cultural exchange. Also interested in Manali-Leh area and surrounding roads.

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Cross Country

WTF travel companion wanted!

Created: Jan 15, 2021

Hello! I am looking for another female or femme-identifying companion to travel with for a cross-country bike excursion. I am planning on traveling East Coast to West Coast early summer, May or June 2021, via TransAm. I plan on finishing in less than 75 days ... hope to do at least 80–100 miles a day, but I am also very flexible. I am a bicycle mechanic so you would be set on backcountry repairs!

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Southern Tier

Created: Jan 4, 2021

Hi, I'm Elena! I'm planning on cycling the Southern Tier route from the East Coast to the West Coast in Fall 2021 (or somewhere in that general timeframe). I'm hoping to find a female or femme-identifying companion to join me. The goal is to do roughly 65-80 miles a day and stay at hostels/motels along the way. I'm very flexible on distance ridden/lodging along the way — just looking for someone who is excited to make this journey and enjoy the experience!

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ROAD ROUTE OF THE GREAT DIVIDE (U.S. SECTION) 2021

Created: Jan 4, 2021

I am interested in riding a road route that closely follows the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. I have have toured self-contained across the U.S. twice on a recumbent, but it wouldn't matter to me what others in our group rode. I am posting this ad to have one or more others join me. At this point I'm flexible on start dates and direction, but I was thinking of cycling the U.S. section north to south starting between 7/1 and 8/1 and covering approx. 60 miles per day and allowing for one day off the bike per week. I'm open to flexibility during the tour. I'm a 55-year-old male, and am only in the beginning stages of planning, but once committed to a tour I am very reliable.

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Covid - Warrior Listening Tour

Created: Jan 4, 2021

The ride: August 3, 2021, from Cape Flattery, Washington, to Key West, Florida, by mid-September averaging 110 miles a day on my converted E-recumbent. The purpose of the ride is to honor and listen to those affected by Covid and/or mental illness by seeking out overnight accommodations largely through churches (I have done tours this way before). It follows Adventure Cycling routes, and I have ride support lined up for about 1/2 of the trip so far. I am a 64-year-old male looking for ride companion(s) for a day, section, or complete tour. Also seeking a ride support person(s) for some sections. Sectons of the ride are: Cape Flattery, WA, to Lolo, MT; Lolo to Longmont, CO, Longmont to Bismarck, MO, Bismarck to Tallahassee, FL; Tallahassee to Key West, FL.

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Partial Southern Tier Eastbound Mid-April

Created: Jan 4, 2021

I am a 70-year-old married male who is an experienced cyclist that has done several cross-country tours. I'm at the planning stage of a tour starting in mid-April that would run from Santa Fe, New Mexico, to St. Augustine, Florida, mostly along the Southern Tier. I say at the planning stages because the trip is pending on me getting the Covid vaccine and the national Covid restrictions easing somewhat in the spring. I did this route in a westward direction in 2014: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=1mr&doc_id=14026&v=12Y. I would like to average about 70 miles a day using a bikepacking kit, mostly camping out. I don't cook meals, but tend to pick up food, and eat at Subways and such along the way. It would be fun to share all or part of the route.

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Underground Railroad Mobile ->Louisville, 05-06/21

Created: Dec 31, 2020

I am planning an UGRR ride from Mobile, AL to Louisville, KY. I aim at 50-70 miles a day, and plan to do a mix of camping and airbnb/motels. The whole distance is about 1,000 miles and should probably take us up to 3 weeks. I want to depart from Mobile in mid May 2021 and get back to Indiana where I live in the first half of June. I'm in my early 30s and have done a few backpacking, camping, hiking and cycling trips. The last multiday cycling adventure is a few year ago though. Would be great to find a cycling buddy for this trip!

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TransAmerica in the Spring by eBike

Created: Dec 29, 2020

I am 75 in good shape with lots of experience hiking, camping, and driving across the country. I am buying an eBike to ride 120miles/charge. I am flexible with dates and route.

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Delray Beach, Florida->Midwest via AL,TN,AR,OK,MO

Created: Dec 15, 2020

I am Stuart, traveling with my Jack Russell Terrier, Jackson Hunter. I will be cycling out of south Florida in late January headed up U.S. 1 then northwest by Cape Canaveral, on a Vanell 7-speed mountain trike and a 150 lb. payload of gear — my tech, tools, tarps & backpacking & DIY goodies to support wilderness camping, hiking, and bike touring. Plan on using backroad routes to avoid traffic perils. Counting on Walmart and Amazon Prime locations for additional gear. Camping where I can and Airbnb, etc., as needed. My goal is to explore America the beautiful and expand my conscious presence in this life through nature and find a new place to call home. I would enjoy connecting with like-minded seekers. I'm 63 years old, Experienced, Stoked, Ready.

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Southern Tier

Created: Dec 14, 2020

Looking for companion to "motel it" sometime in summer 2021. Too old to camp on the ground. I'm 78, fairly good shape. Would like to do 70 to 90 miles per day if conditions and terrain permit. Flexible on dates.

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Southern Tier 2021 February-ish to April-ish.

Created: Dec 14, 2020

Hello. My name is Tony. I'm a firefighter from Buffalo, New York, planning to ride the Southern Tier Route this Feb/Mar/Apr. Probably 60–80 miles per day and tent camping as much as possible. Fully sustained by I have a credit card and will not hesitate to use it. Specific departure date is still flexible between mid-February to early March. Currently considering riding west to east but still researching weather and daylight hours, so open to east–west. Ride with me for any or all of it — I love meeting new people and making meaningful friendships.

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Eastern Express DC to Colorado

Created: Dec 14, 2020

Looking for riders interested in riding west from the DC area to Colorado along the Eastern Express Bike Route created by Adventure Cycling's Frank Moritz starting late spring 2021. I am a 64-year-old experienced rider riding 60–70 miles a day, camping and hotels along the way.

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TransAmerica Trail 2021

Created: Nov 9, 2020

Hey, I'm Missy. I'm 27. I'm looking for a companion to ride the TransAm east to west May/June 2021. I'm a recently furloughed flight attendant trying to take advantage of my career break. I'm an avid cyclist and have wanted to do this since college, but I am a bit of a touring novice. I love to camp, hike, and bike so I plan to camp and stay at cheap inns. I would like to average around 75 miles a day or more. I am open to male or female partners.

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Cross Country

Created: Oct 22, 2020

I'm a senior cyclist with lots of touring behind me, most of it solo or with one or two companions; mostly unsupported but staying in motels (rode across the U.S. in 1999). I'd like to leave from somewhere in early June in the mid-Atlantic and hit the Pacific either in California or Oregon. Riding 60–90 miles/day staying in hotels/motels, with rest days as needed. I ride a Giant Road e+, carrying a 2nd battery to extend range. Good bike: look up the specs. I know that this is a tour not a training ride, so don't worry too much about speed.

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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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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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Europe

EuroVelo 6 and 7

Created: Dec 1, 2020

Planning to ride the EuroVelo 7 from Copenhagen to Linz and then the EuroVelo 6 from Linz to Budapest with a friend of mine from Wisconsin starting around August 19th, 2021 (COVID permitting). The plan now is to ride the approximately 1,200 miles at a pace that allows for sightseeing in Denmark, Germany, Czechia, Austria, and Hungary (6–8 weeks). Camping and staying in budget accommodations. Both of us are recently retired fit male seniors with experience in long-distance touring. We would welcome the camaraderie and sharing of expenses.

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Barcelona to Sicily

Created: Nov 13, 2020

I'm planning this ride for next September. Starting in Barcelona and going via Lake Garda to meet up with some friends for one week, then continue down to Sicily. I would like to plan on 60 kilometers per day, plus or minus. I am 70 and love bike touring. The trip will require day-to-day flexibility as we may decide to explore en route or take an extra day to eat some fantastic local food or drink some exceptional local wine. A really good sense of humor would be very handy. Camping and Warmshowers will be our stops at the end of the day.

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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

Looking for GDMBR companions for mid-August depart

Created: Jan 4, 2021

I'm a middle-aged male cyclist with experience ranging from Green Mtn Gravel Growler and Colorado Trail to solo tours in Asia, Europe, and USA. Looking for fun companions to join me on this ride to complete in 6 to 8 weeks; enjoyable pace, occasional rest days in cool places. All ages, M or F, welcome. Open to departure dates from Jasper or Banff, but would like to arrive in New Mexico late enough to avoid desert heat!

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Great Divide from Roosville to Grants

Created: Dec 29, 2020

I attempted to ride the Great Divide in 2018, but temps of 109 degrees got to me. So I'm starting in the north at Roosville and heading south, stopping at Grants where I abandoned. Now wiser, I would like to have a group of about six riders going, including myself, all capable and sturdy, men and women. I'm in Chattanooga and the travel is rough, renting a vehicle to Chicago and picking up a train to Whitefish Montana (yes, they have a station there). From Whitefish we will take a bus or van to Roosville (Canadian Border) to start our ride. Am available to discuss the logistics and the return trip home. I plan to rent an F150 in Albuquerque for the drive home to Nooga. Male 66, and ride year around and have ridden the Trans-Am in 2013.

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GDMBR Whitefish, MT to Salida, CO Aug/Sept 2021

Created: Dec 8, 2020

I'm a 62-year-old retired USAF / Civil Engineer planning to ride the GDMBR from Whitefish to Salida starting 1 August 2021. I will not be trying to break any records or race. I have experience in bike touring and backpacking. I rode solo across the country in 2019.

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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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Intermountain West

Oceanside, California, to Denver, Colorado

Created: Jan 11, 2021

Looking for a few riders to join me. Plan is to leave from the beach in Oceanside, California, then pass Palm Springs going north through Mojave National Preserve. Go through outskirts of Las Vegas up to St George, Utah. Then over to Colorado to Denver. I have lived and biked through most of these areas. In my opinion some of the most beautiful areas of our country. Would like to leave early May. I'm open to camping but prefer motels when possible. This would be an adventurous ride more about enjoying scenery than how many miles ridden! Make sure you have a good camera or on your cell phone!

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Idaho Hot Springs MTB Ride

Created: Dec 14, 2020

Companions wanted to soak in hot springs, eat huckleberries, and maybe catch a few fish while riding the Idaho Hot Springs MTB route. Plan to ride the basic route (517 miles) in two weeks or less. Alternate singletrack additions dependent on who comes. Start (approximately August 7, 2021) and finish in Ketchum, Idaho. Unsupported unless you bring support. I will be 69 years old. I completed a coast-to-coast, Oregon-to-Maine ride in 50 days with Sundays off in May and June of 2018.

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Bike Nonstop U.S. 2021

Created: Dec 8, 2020

I'm very interested in doing the Oregon and maybe Idaho portions of this route. Semi-self-contained ride of couple riders. Not interested in racing, just enjoying mostly off-road routes across beautiful western U.S. Week to 10 days max. Perhaps truck supported if we can muster 3+ riders? Who wants to glamp across the West? July and/or August. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29030523?lang=en

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Mid-Atlantic

Pittsburgh to DC

Created: Nov 30, 2020

I'm planning to do a self-supported tour from Boston, Pennsylvania, to DC mid to late August 2021 and looking for any like-minded riders for a little company. The trip should be 6–7 days with taking Amtrak back to Pittsburgh. I would like to camp most nights, but am open to local inns depending on conditions. Anyone interested can email me at jlips57@gmail.com or or you can reach me on my cell: 412.414.3920. I have been looking forward to this for years and finally getting off the snide. Hope to see you out there! John Lips jlips57@gmail.com 412.414.3920

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Boston to Florida starting mid-October

Created: Sep 25, 2020

Anyone interested in biking from Boston down to Florida this fall, starting mid-October? I have a pretty loose itinerary, but am planning on taking the East Coast Greenway from Boston ---> DC and then connecting to the TransVirginia Trail (550-mile gravel trail) from DC ---> Damascus, Virginia. After that, kind of piecing together some routes down to Florida that make sense/are safe. 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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Midwest

Wisconsin to San Francisco, CA

Created: Dec 22, 2020

Lookin for companions to journey with me across U.S. to San Francisco, California. Start in Wisconsin all the way to Golden Gate Bridge riding 60–80 miles a day. Saturday is day of rest. Stay at campgrounds or motels. Starting end of May 2021.

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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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Northeast

Massachusetts riders

Created: Dec 26, 2020

41-year-old male, new to adventure cycling, but few years of road. Looking for a mixed group of peeps to explore New England with. Hug the coast from Maine to cape. Or the mountains of NH, to the green of VT ... yada yada ... all are welcome. Must have sense of humor ... and not be know it all who sucks fun out of everything.

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MA Berkshires Spring 2021 – mellow, safe touring

Created: Oct 23, 2020

Experienced cyclotourist seeks 4-5 like-minded companions for safe and comfortable town-to-town, inn-to-inn tour of Berkshires/Pioneer Valley. Like minded means: you enjoy backroads, breaks every few hours to visit local cafes/diners & talk to locals, discovering artsy NE towns, and sharing the challenges and joys of the journey with a small group. This means largely riding as a group, especially in any challenging/highway segments (i.e. within 200 ft or so of each other in h'ways), committing to entire trip. 45-60 mile days, 2000 ft + elevation gain, Need some experience with multi-day tours. Target speed 11-14 mph, lower in hills. Planned route c 5-6 days, April or May 2020, including North Adams (MASS MoCA), Lenox, Amherst. Covid safe.

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MA 5day Wachusetts-Quabbin-Pioneer Va-Berkshires April 2021 w commuter rail

Created: Oct 19, 2020

Join lover of safe cyclo-tourism & intermodal transportation in 5/6 day half-circle of MA starting in Wachusetts (MBTA) and ending in Worcester (MBTA). (Trip designed to make possible getting to/from start/end via commuter rail from Boston). See Lake Quabbin, Pioneer Valley, Berkshires; stay at hotels. Route (tent.): Day 1 (Boston-)Wachusetts MBTA-TBD- Day 2 TBD-Shelbourne Falls; Day 3 Sh. Falls- Adams-Williamstown; Day 4 W-town- Pittsfield/Lennox; Day 5 Pittsfield/Lennox – Amherst; Day 6 Amherst-Worcester MBTA (-Boston). April 2021 (4/17-21 to coincide with MA school recess???); joint rides this fall. Moderate pace (avg speed 12 mph on flats, lower in hills); lots of breaks. Must be committed to entire route & to riding as group.

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Northwest

Northwest cycling

Created: Dec 9, 2020

58-year-old fit woman in Puget Sound region seeks companions with whom to cycle in Washington. Weekends ideal but schedule has some flex. Touring conditions, between 35–50 miles per day at sightseeing speeds (i.e. relatively slow). Preference for cycling in rural areas, and on recreational trails, the less cars the better.

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Looking for Local Riding and Touring Partner(s)

Created: Nov 10, 2020

I'm a 56-year-old man, experienced with local tours. I'm retired now and would like to find a like-minded man or men that like to tour local on short trips, while preparing for long-distance touring. An ideal riding partner would be a retired guy with flexible time. I like camping or motels, and will use either when touring. I live in Skagit County, Washington, and would consider developing a riding friendship with anyone within a day's drive. I enjoy both paved and gravel touring. I'm capable of limited singletrack if I need to use it to connect to gravel roads, but I am not a proficient trail mountain biker, so I usually avoid it when I can. I like gravel and standard paved road touring, and love to use rails-to-trails whenever possible.

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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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Southeast

Coast-to-Coast FL: Cape Canaveral>St Petersburg

Created: Jan 4, 2021

Mid-30s Bostonian planning to ride from Playalinda Beach on Cape Canaveral to St. Petersburg around February 11–16 (slightly flexible on dates). Will do about 50 miles per day with the last few days broken up a bit more to leave beach, kayaking time, or the like. If you're interested in joining part or all, contact me.

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Bicycle Ride Around Arkansas (BRAA), March 28,2021

Created: Nov 17, 2020

This self-contained ride with camping along the way is March 28 - April 2, 2021. We will cook a few meals on your own in camp but mostly eat out. The ride is flat to slightly hilly and will go through Magnolia, El Dorado, Moro Bay State Park, and Smackover. We begin and end at Camden, Arkansas. No fee other than membership in ArkansasBicycleClub.org and your meals and share of the campsites.

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Lake Greeson Arkansas Tour Feb. 12-15, 2021

Created: Nov 17, 2020

The ride will begin at Glenwood, Arkansas, and go to Murfreesboro and around the lake with motels along the way and diners. No ride fee other than being a member of ArkansasBicycleClub.org

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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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Southwest

Southern California Gravel Training Partner(s)

Created: Nov 12, 2020

Retired male who frequents California is looking for someone to do some local/semi-local Southern California (San Diego?) day gravel rides with to get back in shape. I just finished putting together a new gravel bike and am anxious to use it. Hopefully, I can do a gravel tour in the near future such as the Cycle the Divide – Montana or similar.

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