Companions Wanted

Adventure Cycling 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.

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Cross Country

TransAm mid April 2023

Created: Dec 5, 2022

Looking for someone to ride with west to east in April 2023. I want to ride the TransAm starting in Oregon, to Chicago and then from there to Massapequa, New York. I'm a 57-year-old man, married with an older child. I have only done one solo tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles. 10 days total with 9 days riding. I think it would be more enjoyable with at least one other person if not more. I will camp if necessary but prefer hotels. I'm pretty easy going and open minded. Would like to ride 40-80 miles a day. If interested please email to tapalias65@aol.com. Thanks

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Charleston to San Diego

Created: Dec 5, 2022

Novice 75-year-old male departing Charleston 1 March 2023. Will travel south to Tallahassee then "go west old man" following Adventure Cycling route. 6 days ride (50-60 miles/day) with rest day. Projected time 66 days! Part camping and waffle motels (breakfast included). East to west with the geriatric mariner!

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Northern Tier/TransAm July 2023

Created: Nov 28, 2022

Looking for some folks to ride the Northern Tier (preferably w/ Lake Eerie and Northern Lakes alternate) or TransAm westbound and self-supported starting late July 2023. I could also be convinced to go eastbound if we're a good fit. I am 27F, a regular bike commuter, and have one long-distance tour under my belt (EST 22). Hoping to keep it low-budget with camping and Warmshowers and ride an average of 60-70 miles per day. Logistics/research are my jam, bike mechanics are not. Ideal ride companions are social but also sometimes enjoy solitude. LGBTQ+ friendly.

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SAG available for Northern Tier or TransAm

Created: Nov 16, 2022

I am available to SAG one person from Acadia NP to Anacortes, the new epic route from the TransAm tithe Chicago to New York route, or Yorktown to Astoria following the Adventure Cycling Routes or some variation of either route, beginning after June 15, 2023. Definitely want to go east to west. I have a small RV that we can use or we can take your vehicle. I'll haul your gear, so all you have to do is ride each day to the next campsite. You'll have an easy ride across the country. Email for details. Bng905@gmail.com.

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Southern Tier W-E

Created: Nov 14, 2022

60-year-old female, retiring soon, seeking additional cycling companions for Southern Tier, San Diego to St. Augustine, starting early February. So far there are two of us, myself (some shorter distance bike touring experience) and a male about the same age (no bike touring experience but excellent fitness level and avid cyclist). More fun and safety in numbers. Starting out with lower mileage with the initial elevation, then 50 or so miles per day depending on terrain, etc. Planning on camping, some hotels, Warmshowers.

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Eastern 1/3 of TransAm

Created: Nov 10, 2022

Planning to ride from southern Illinois to Yorktown, Virginia, then up to Washington DC mid to late May 2023. I'm a male, 63, almost retired, and in very good shape. My friend is female, 65, retired, and in average shape. We seek another female in our age group to travel with and share lodging costs. Sadly our other female friend has moved to the west coast. I'm located in Ohio and my friend is from upstate NY. I would be delighted if you were from Ohio. Motel lodging but we're both open to exploring camping to save $.

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Atlantic Coast, S-N

Created: Nov 7, 2022

Riding Atlantic Coast Adventure Cycling route from Key West to Maine, leaving around mid-April from Key West. Looking for a riding partner, average about 55 miles per day. Some longer days due to lodging unavailability, and some shorter days to lay up for the long days. Mix of camping/hotel 50% each, or thereabouts. 63-year-old male. Completed Southern and Northern Tiers, and Pacific Coast.

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TransAmerica Trail Eastbound May 2023

Created: Oct 18, 2022

Howdy! Looking to see if anyone is down to travel eastbound on the TransAmerica Trail next year. Shooting for a mid-May start date from Eugene, Oregon. Originally from San Diego, I am a 36-year-old male in decent to good shape depending who is asking (I suck at descending). Cycled San Francisco to Orange County a few weeks ago staying in motels as a test to the idea of cycling for longer distance and time. Looking to mix in camping when available, no qualms with staying in motels when needed. Anywhere between 50 to 100 miles a day and completing the ride in a little over two months all depending on conditions, elevation, services, health, rest days, mechanicals, how good the views are, etc. Cheers and safe riding folks. -Ham

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The Great American Rail-Trail

Created: Oct 4, 2022

I will be riding the Great American Rail-Trail with my dog Bode in 2023. I'm fairly open to dates for riding - just up for the adventure! I'll be a little slow in the beginning but plan on 50-60 mile days after a couple of weeks. I have over 15k miles of touring under my belt, but riding with a dog is new! Camping nearly 100% of the time. LGBTQ+ friendly, liberal, looking for like-minded rider. https://www.railstotrails.org/greatamericanrailtrail/route/

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San Diego to Boston, March 2023

Created: Aug 9, 2022

Hi! I am a mid-20s female looking for companions (male or female, LGBTQ+ friendly, all ages welcome!) to bike from San Diego to Boston primarily along Adventure Cycling routes starting in early March 2023. I won't be following a strict schedule/plan to finish by a certain date and am looking to do 40-70 miles per day. Planning on camping most of the way with couple-day stays every week or so at homes of friends and family throughout the country. I'm pretty flexible on the route and am open to incorporating any ideas of your own if you'd like to tag along. Shoot me a message if you're interested in joining me!

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February 2023 Ca to FL

Created: Aug 4, 2022

I am looking to do the Southern Tier, from San Diego to Florida in Feb 2023. I can do 60 - 80 in a day. I am not in any rush, will be camping/hotel when needed. Honestly not sure if I want a partner, but would consider it, if of the same mindset. Thank you Jose M Rodriguez

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TransAm E2W 2023

Created: Aug 1, 2022

I'm gonna do it! Finally. Leaving Springfield, Missouri, on June 20, 2023, picking up the TransAm in Ash Grove, Missouri, and heading West to dip my wheel in the Pacific within 90 days. I'm in NO hurry, only 50 miles/day max, +/-. My bike is a e-converted Trek 520 and most likely will pull a trailer (maybe). I decided to start posting this EARLY in hopes of finding a good companion to suffer the misery from Misery (Missouri). I'm planning to use Warmshowers, Camp, Motel in that order. Will definitely stop in Missoula!

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Portland (OR) to Portland (ME) 2023

Created: Jul 26, 2022

I couldn't make this trip happen this year, so targeting for next year beginning early June 2023. Will start on the coast west of Portland, and follow L&C trail through Idaho. Then link up with the Northern Tier thru Montana to Minnesota. Am planning a route across Wisconsin to link up with the ferry across Lake Michigan and the Lake Erie Connector to/thru Canada. Then back on the Northern Tier route to Maine (Portland or Bar Harbor). I'm 66 and plan ~60 miles per day with a rest day ~7-10 days, or as needed. Camping, hostels and hotels.

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Europe

Eastern European Tour

Created: Nov 1, 2022

I'm considering taking a three- to four-week tour through Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania, and perhaps Greece or some combination of in June-July of 2023. Plans still in the gestation stage. Accommodations in B&Bs, pensions, and small family-run hotels. Leisurely 40 mi./day average to see the sites and historic attractions and enjoy the various cultures, food, languages, music, and the people. Some train travel likely involved. Seeking one travel companion, age 35+, with a positive outlook, a witty sense of humor, flexibility, and the willingness to bike in most any weather conditions to join me. Prior cycle touring experience not necessary but indeed helpful.

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Italy August/September 2023

Created: Oct 3, 2022

Looking to see if anyone if planning something in Italy around August/September 2023. I am thinking of Adriatic coast, maybe Puglia, possibly Sicily. Happy to help plan, happy to join. I am currently living in Rome, and will wrap up a 3-year contract next summer.

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Ruta Via de la Plata- Spain September 2023

Created: Sep 15, 2022

I am planning to cycle the Ruta Via de la Plata from Seville to Gijon, Spain. Leaving September 10, 2023, and arriving in Gijon 13 days later. Most of the route will be on the N630 which runs through several World Heritage sites and has only light traffic. I plan to cycle hotel-to-hotel, but campers are welcome. Send me a message with any questions and I will send you a link to the preliminary travel plan on my blog. It would be wonderful to have companions to share the joy of the adventure. Gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, and age are not important, but a sense of humor and adaptability are required. Join me!

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Berlin-Copenhagen June '23 to join Copenh-Helsinki

Created: Sep 13, 2022

Politglot F lover of life from Massachusetts with lots of experience in Germany. Thinking of cycling the popular Berlin-Copenhagen route June 3-12, 2023, independently in order to join Czech active tour Copenhagen-Helsinki tour starting June 13. Berlin-Copenhagen: daily mileage c 50 miles, mainly flat. Overnight stops in hotels in Rheinsberg, Plau am See, Schwerin, Lubeck, Puttgarden (all Germany), Naestved (Denmark). It is possible to rent a bike in Berlin and return it in Copenhagen (and also to rent one for Copengagen-Helsinki). Join for either Berlin-Copenhagen June 3-12 or entire Berlin-Helsinki (June 3-27). Distance: Berlin-Copenhagen 588 km, Cop-Hki 826 km.

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Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Great Divide 2023 NOBO

Created: Nov 28, 2022

Experienced, adventurous, and fit 66-year-old male seeking a companion or two to ride the Great Divide in 2023. Actively planning now, willing to share resources and thoughts. Will be headed NOBO in early June to Jasper; giving myself 75 days or so though I'm sure I could do it in 30. 420 and beer friendly, relaxed pace, open to exploring sites, towns, and hot springs off-route, mostly camping. I'm good at navigation, planning, cooking, and bike maintenance. Looking for good company and safety in numbers, any gender/age/experience. OK to join for shorter segments. (11/22)

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GDMBR STARTING IN BANFF

Created: Nov 28, 2022

Looking for a couple additional riders for the GDMBR starting around August 8, 2023. I have ridden SOBO before and want to ride again. Have also completed the WWR, Idaho Hot Springs, and Northern Tier. Looking to complete the route in 55-60 days, averaging 50 miles per day with a few rest days. Tenting with motel option every few nights. I am a senior citizen, but certainly capable. Join me on the best bike route in the world.

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Northern Half of GDMBR, July 2023

Created: Nov 1, 2022

Seeking a companion or two starting in early to mid-July 2023. I am a fit 63-year-old and an experienced backpacker, but have so far just done Midwest gravel bike routes. Will be training heavily in the spring/early summer to prepare for hills and mountains on a loaded bike. Planning to start at Whitefish, Montana, with a shuttle to Banff, then ride south to Helena, Montana, and beyond. Planning a strong pace, but will pause often to enjoy the scenery and take pictures, open to exploring interesting sites adjacent to the route as well. I would like to preserve access to a car at 10 to 14 day intervals, would be nice to travel with someone who is good company and could share the shuttling. Open to any gender / age / experience level.

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Montana sections of Great Divide

Created: Jul 1, 2022

I am looking for 1-2 companions for the Montana sections of the Great Divide. I have the first two weeks of September to ride. Strong rider, 53-year-old woman, flexible for right company. Let's chat!

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Midwest

Seeking F cycling companion.

Created: Nov 14, 2022

I am a male, 63, fit and almost retired. My female friend is 65, average fitness and retired. Sadly our other female travel companion has relocated to the West Coast. We would be delighted to find a replacement for her. I live in central Ohio and my friend lives in Upstate NY. If you were from Ohio, that would be fantastic. Our typical trips are 2-4 weeks long. To date we have always used motels but we're discussing tenting for next year to cut down on costs.

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Seeking F cycling companion.

Created: Nov 11, 2022

I am a male, 63, fit and almost retired. My female friend is 65, average fitness and retired. Sadly our other female travel companion has relocated to the west coast. We would be delighted to find a replacement for her. I live in central Ohio and my friend lives in Upstate NY. If you were from Ohio that would be fantastic. Our typical trips are 2-4 weeks long. To date we have always used motels but we're discussing tenting for next year to cut down on costs.

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Northwoods Route

Created: Aug 26, 2022

Hi fellow members, I'm planning to bikepack the Northwoods Route (https://www.bikepackingroots.org/northwoodsroute.html) and possibly other areas nearby in June 2023. Anyone interested should go to the link above and check it out. Thanks!

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GAP Trail West to East

Created: Jun 28, 2022

66-year-old female seeking female companions to ride from Pittsburgh to Cumberland and shuttle back to Pittsburgh. Travel 25-40 miles per day at a leisurely pace. Sleep in inns, hotels, B&Bs. Side trip to view Falling Water along the way. East to West instead is possible.

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North America

Baja Divide February-ish

Created: Nov 28, 2022

I'll be ready to escape winter at 10k feet in Colorado come February and am thinking Mexico is the ticket. Currently in Morocco having just tested my will for endless washboard and sand. Good times. 48yo female needing to learn Spanish. Sense of adventure and humor mandatory in riding compadre. Vamos.

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Baja Mexico

Created: Aug 24, 2022

Two possible departure dates from L.A. (or San Diego). October 1 or January 1. 64-year-old male. I've crossed the U.S. 3 times. Averaging 50-60 miles per day with about 1 out of 10 days off for rest depending on weather. Arrive Cabo San Lucas in about 25 days. I'm going to turn around and ride back to L.A. Join me for either direction. Planning to camp mostly with some hotels/motels and Warmshowers hosts where available. Let's go have fun!

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Northeast

Block Island RI Exploration by Bike

Created: Mar 15, 2022

Bike tour of Block Island and other Rhode Island locales. Timing flexible (I'm 62, retired economist, male). Or bike tour of Manhattan or 100-mile bike trail on Florida Keys? Or, maybe Pacific Coast? Prefer female biker but has to be platonic/friend only cause I'm married...my wife still teaches full time so she doesn't want to go. Also, will do coast-to-coast fundraiser for Ukrainian if you want to commit three months to that. Other biking ideas?

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Northwest

Rolling in the Pacific Northwest

Created: Aug 29, 2022

Fit, 60-year-old woman, in Puget Sound region, looking for biking buddies to explore Western and Eastern Washington, with a bias for as few motorized vehicles as possible. Day rides and weekend getaways. ~40 miles per day, sightseeing pace (i.e. relatively slow). Respond with cycling experience and goals/wishes. Preference for cycling in rural areas, and on recreational trails, the less cars the better.

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Northbound

Created: Nov 28, 2022

I'm looking for riding companions for my northbound ride from Los Angeles to San Francisco in mid-May 2023. Looking to take the trip over 12 days with state park camping. If you're interested, send me an email.

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California Coast

Created: Sep 1, 2022

I am looking for someone to do a leisurely several-day credit card ride down the southern section of coastal California perhaps from Santa Monica or Malibu to San Diego. Finding places with hot tubs a plus. I am not interested in setting a land speed record and am no longer a crack of dawn riser. Open to suggestions as far as when to do this but over the winter would be ideal to escape the Midwest weather. Also, all paved road is not necessary as doing on a gravel bike possible.

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Southeast

Underground RR southern section (LA and MS)

Created: Nov 7, 2022

I am a 74-year-old fit, male, very experienced bike traveler who plans a winter (January or February) trip on southern section of Underground Railroad route from New Orleans up through Mississippi, with a side trip over to Jackson, MS. Short daily mileage (20-50), self-contained, Warmshowers, hostels, camping, and occasional motel as needed. Open ended, but probably 2-3 weeks. Lots of looking around. I am a retired historian, teacher, union organizer who likes museums and to read historical markers and is especially interested in Black history, and working class history generally. I plan to travel to Louisiana from California via Amtrak. Companions of any age or gender welcome.

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Florida Keys Tour January 28-February 2, 2023

Created: Jul 28, 2022

No E-bikes on this tour. Riders are invited to join me on my 47th tour of the Florida Keys. My tour is not a commercial tour. I do not charge for leading. No SAG. All riders must be self-supported, self-reliant and meet other rider expectations. Do not delay because January-April is peak tourist season. Email me for complete rider expectations.

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Tandem captain seeks visually impaired stoker

Created: Nov 4, 2021

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 Tampa Bay Cycling, a Meetup and Facebook group with 3000 cyclists https://meetu.ps/ 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

Albuquerque to Phoenix Feb. 2023

Created: Sep 20, 2022

I am planning a 10-day bike tour from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Phoenix, Arizona, starting Feb. 14. I am a 67-year-old male, retired corporate risk manager. I plan to stay at AirBnB's and campgrounds. Meals will be restaurants and grocery stores. Temperatures should be in the 60-70s. Average 60 miles per day and approximately 625 total miles. Route allows for personal flexibility. I have done a prior group bike tour of Nova Scotia and several solo bike tours. Please contact me for the route map and if you are interested at isurider@outlook.com

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