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

Washington State to Florida, March/April 2017

Created: Sep 26, 2016

I'm looking for travel companions to ride with on an epic tour across the U.S. from the U.S./Canadian border at Blaine, Washington, to Key West, Florida, via the Pacific Coast, Southern Tier, and Atlantic Coast routes. We will begin on Saturday, March 4, 2017, with an estimated arrival in Key West on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. We plan to average about 100 miles per day with a day of rest per week and spending the nights in motels with comfortable beds and hot showers. Please contact me via email and let's experience this challenging adventure together. Email

Golden Gate Bridge to Delaware via Route 66 2017

Created: Sep 26, 2016

Timing: February 15 to May 1. Route: San Francisco to Santa Monica following ACA’s Pacific Coast Highway maps #4, #5, then east, from the Santa Monica Pier to Chicago following ACA’s Bicycle Route 66 maps, then east, from Buckingham Fountain, Chicago, to Rehoboth Beach, DE, following Google Maps (more on this stage once we talk). Remarks: Seeking a few riding companions for all or portions of this ride. I plan to average 65 miles per day, self-sustained, 85% camping (RV parks, KOA, Warmshowers, etc), 15% hotels. Facts: Seasonal nighttime temps in northern Arizona and New Mexico will dip into the low 20’s, so be prepared to experience all 4 seasons on any given day – with lots of wind in the Texas Panhandle. Winter camping gear and clothing is advised for the entire trip. The February 15 departure is intended take advantage of California’s relatively mild winter season (compared to the rest of the country) and to get past the Southwest deserts and Midwest portions of BR 66 before the daily temperatures climb into the triple-digit range. Also to ride in cooler weather, lighter traffic, and to get the jump on bug season! This is an independent ride with no affiliations, and though I am seeking a few riding companions, I assume no liability for those who elect to participate. If you have any questions, advice, or suggestions, I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Gary. 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

Miami to Los Angeles

Created: Sep 12, 2016

Hi, I am a 43-year-old Scottish bloke planning on biking from Miami to LA, leaving Miami around 23 September, 2017. I plan to follow some of the Southern Tier and stay off the major roads where possible, daily distance will range between 50 and 100 miles. Mostly camping with the occasional night with a roof overhead. Anyone heading in the same direction interested tagging along for some of it give me a shout! Email

LA to NY via ROUTE 66, and BEYOND

Created: Sep 6, 2016

Beginning April 2017. Retired male, touring past 15 years, planning cross-country trip. Starting in Venice, CA, paralleling Route 66 to St Louis, local roads to Lockport, NY, Erie Canal to Albany, then HOME! Self-contained, 50/60 miles a day, motels only. This is not a race, but an adventure. All inquiries welcome. Email

SAG Driver Wanted

Created: Sep 6, 2016

SAG driver wanted for a small-group coast-to-coast bicycle tour scheduled for March and April 2017 via the Pacific Coast, Southern Tier, and Atlantic Coast Routes. We plan to start on Saturday, March 4 at the U.S./Canadian boarder at Blaine, Washinton and finish on May 2 at Key West, Florida. Please contact Rob via email: wheelsacrossamerica2017@yahoo.com or call: 425-418-6756. Email

TransAm 2017

Created: Aug 29, 2016

Riding west to east on TransAm Trail self contained, starting July 1, 2017. Female, 62 years old. Would love to have a few companions for the trip. New to self-contained touring but have done lots of multi-day trips. Plan on about 50 miles a day to start for a break-in period. Want to see the sights along the way so no hurry to finish. Have traveled solo but prefer to travel with friends old and new. Email

Southern Tier east to west January 2017

Created: Aug 8, 2016

As my retirement gift to my self, I intend to ride the Southern Tier from east to west starting January 2017. Aiming to do 80km (50 miles) per day with a combination of camping and a motel every two weeks. Aim to be in San Diego end of March. I am a 59-years-young transwoman looking for someone to ride along for parts of the ride. Email

XCountry4Cancer

Created: Aug 8, 2016

Hi. I'm planning to set out from Virginia Beach, VA, on 10 September 2016, a day after my 60th birthday, and pick up the TransAmerica Trail, which I will ride to the Route 66 Trail in Missouri. Then it's Rt. 66 all the way to Santa Monica. I am undertaking this Xcountry trip to raise money for cancer research. You can visit my donation site at aicr.org/zullo. I would love to find biking companions along the trail to enhance the trip. Safe travels. Harry Email

San Diego to East Coast in 2017

Created: Aug 8, 2016

Planning to celebrate turning 70 by riding cross country for the third time (or second and a half time — first trip was cut short). I intend to ride a recumbent possibly with an e-assist motor — depends on where I am in my recovery from open-heart surgery last year. I hope to be doing well enough to leave the motor at home — time will tell. No firm plans yet, but I do expect to leave around May 1 and average about 60 mpd. This will not be an economy trip, plan to stay mostly in motels. Email

Great American Epic, Early September 2016

Created: Aug 2, 2016

Starting in Redmond, Washington, we'll explore the Olympic Peninsula before moving south through the Redwoods, down the coast, and eventually to the desert, sand dunes, and canyons. Then we'll head to the East, heading north around the Deep South to follow the Appalachians. Multi-month trip, fully loaded. Somedays ride forever, somedays sit back and take in all that is around us. Mostly national park camping and relying on ourselves and new friends, hotel once a week or so. Already geared up, early Septemeber 2016. 40-111 miles per day, under 30 dollars per day. 24, male. Come as you are. https://www.facebook.com/zachammes Email

Route 66

Created: Jul 6, 2016

To celebrate turning 50, I plan to leave Chicago on my birthday, August 22, and ride a rather leisurely 50 miles for 50 days on the Route 66 trail, ending in Santa Monica on October 10. My parents will be driving an RV as a support vehicle. They will ride a bit each day, and two friends may join somewhere along the way, but otherwise I’ll be solo. I would very much enjoy additional companions for the journey! Email

SAG Driver Available 2017

Created: Jun 13, 2016

Experienced touring cyclist looking to provide SAG support (your vehicle or camper) for individual or small group, west to east, in spring/summer 2017. Prefer Northern Tier or TransAm, but will consider SAG of Southern Tier or Route 66 if the dates are right. For a fun, care-free crossing of the USA, let's get together. Email me. Email

TransAmerica west to east Aug 11th - Oct 15th

Created: May 24, 2016

Hi there. I'm a 27-year-old girl from the UK. I'm cycling (most of) the TransAm Trail, from west to east, starting August 11. I'm starting in Portland, Oregon, then picking up the route around Kooskia, Idaho. I plan to ride around 80 miles a day, camping out with the occasional motel to have a proper wash every now and again. If this coincides with your plans, or if you're local and fancy joining for a day or two, let me know! Email

Northern Tier 2018 - Spring/Summer 2017

Created: May 23, 2016

I'm a 50-year-old male and I'd love some company for a bucket list ride from west to east. 70-80 miles a day as a guide but this is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure so will be very flexible to stop to see the sites and meet interesting people. Email

TransAm West to East 2017

Created: Apr 11, 2016

I'm planning my first cross-country bike trip in March of 2017. The plan is to fly to Astoria, Oregon, then ride to Richmond, Virginia. I hope to travel a minimum of 50 miles per day but would like to push it farther when possible. About me: I'm 29 years old, a musician, and new to bike touring. I currently live in San Diego, I'm a track bicycle racer, musician, and lover of craft beer. I'm looking for people who want to have a rad adventure, lots of fun, laughs, and see the country. Email

Europe

European Adventure

Created: Jul 5, 2016

I am a fit 65-year-old man who is a lifelong cyclist but a novice bike tourist. I would like to bike in Europe beginning in mid-August 2016. My idea is to start with El Camino from St. Jean Pied du Port, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and then head south for the winter months. I hope to use Warmshowers, Workaway, and campgrounds for economical travel. Since I will have no time constraints, I hope to stay for awhile and head north for a tour across Europe beginning in spring 2017, perhaps on one of the Eurovelo routes. I would appreciate feedback, such as "Are you crazy?" Any takers? I have some trepidation about doing this solo. I am also open to other ideas if like-minded folks want a companion for a grand adventure. Cheers! Email

Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

Divide 2017

Created: Sep 26, 2016

I am looking at starting from Calgary June 16/17, 2017. I will need to be in Antelope Wells by August 15/20 or sooner to get a ride or ride 600 miles back to San Diego to wash clothes before teaching school starts again. I am a 42-year-old male. I just returned from 10 yrs in Alaska. This will be my first long off-road trip. I have cycled Vancouver, CA, to Tijuana, Mexico in 2000 and then in 2002 Alaska to Yukon to Skagway and the ferry to Bellingham, WA, and then rode down the coast. Both trips were 99% camping — in campgrounds and free camping in woods. I ride with four panniers 2/2.2 tire. I am looking at 50–80 miles per day with some rest days as needed, but minimal days off. I am not totally sure on partnering up or not, but... Email

Spontaneous Great Divide

Created: Sep 12, 2016

I am starting this weekend from Vancouver, might short-cut to Minnesota and hoping to average 60 miles soon. Anyone on the route already or starting anywhere on it, get in touch with me :-) I am male, 34, from Germany. Email

Great Divide 2017

Created: Aug 5, 2016

I want to spend 2-3 weeks with one or two others on the Great Divide Trail starting somewhere on the northern end and going south in Summer 2017. Dates flexible. We could plan together. I was thinking 40 miles/day, but it's about the journey, not the destination. Over 40yo would be best, but male or female doesn't matter. Me: 55yo male with fair amount of touring & camping experience. Email

Intermountain West

1-week tour in Utah and Arizona

Created: Aug 10, 2016

I need to be at Zion Nat'l park for some hiking starting on Oct. 12, so I figured why not do a ride starting before that around Oct 4-5!! The plan so far is to do a 1-week, self-contained loop ride starting from Kanab, UT. Then Jacob's Lake to North Rim (2 nights) then loop CCW to Marble Canyon-Page, AZ-Big Water-back to Kanab. About 275 miles (with 1 long day 80+ miles). Anyone interested? The bonus is I've got 3 nights at Zion camping already reserved. Anyone joining me is free to come on the hiking too. Mike Email

Touring in the Mile High

Created: May 16, 2016

This is my first post on the Adventure Cycling forum and I am new to bike touring. A couple of months ago, I totaled my motorcycle and my wife and I agreed that my motorcycle days are behind me for now. One of the things I loved about riding a motorcycle were the touring rides and the camaraderie of the adventure. So, I decided to purchase a 2015 Salsa Vaya. I purchased the bike about two months ago and have been using it to commute 12 miles roundtrip to/from work in Denver. I have done some solo riding as well for fitness. Are any of you out there in the Denver interested in doing some day rides in the Denver area as well as touring in Colorado? I am 38 years old and am in good fitness condition. Email

Teenage Bikepacking in Utah

Created: Jan 6, 2016

Looking for other families for 2-4 day bikepacking trips. Two boys,13 & 15, beginner–intermediate trips,8-12 miles per day. Prefer trips w/in 4-6 hour drive from Salt Lake City. Email

Weekend Touring in Utah

Created: Jan 6, 2016

Self-supported weekend, long-weekend loaded road touring and bikepacking trips in Utah and nearby areas. Informal group: www.meetup.com/SLC-Bicycle-Touring-and-Bikepacking Email

International

New England to Colombia

Created: Jun 2, 2016

I am looking for a companion for the Latin American leg of a New England to Colombia trip, leaving Sept. 1, 2016. I expect to be crossing the Texas border at McAllen sometime Nov. 1 and following the Gulf coast south. I plan on an average of 50 miles per day, but I am flexible with both this and the route. Email

South Africa/Australia/Japan - Start 1/1//17

Created: May 23, 2016

Hi, I'm Michael, a soon-to-be-retired lawyer after 30 years of law practice, and I’m contemplating starting a long bike journey with no fixed start or end date. I’ve been thrice across the U.S. and twice across Europe, but that was ages ago. I imagine (nay, require) a slower pace, with days or even weeks in nice VRBO places while exploring interesting sites or just resting after long or grueling legs. Perhaps some winter skiing worked in. Looking for a woman to share the journey. Ideally, one with mental and physical mettle, smart, sophisticated, worldly, financially secure, able to roll with the punches, from reveling in the sublime to the grind of headwinds. Interested? Let's discuss via email. michaelhhimes@gmail.com Email

Latin America

Created: Feb 15, 2016

I am currently in Guatemala cycling south to South America. Would like cycling companions for part or all. I cycle at a moderate rate depending on terrain and availability of campgrounds or hostels. I'm self supported and cook about half the time. The other half dedicated to sampling the local fare. Email

Mid-Atlantic

Atlantic Coast Route Mid-Sept – Early Oct

Created: Aug 24, 2016

Hi! I am doing a self-guided, self-supported, solo Atlantic Coast Route tour starting September 12 from Massachusetts (southwards). Feel free to contact me if you're doing a similar one or wish to join in some parts. Email

Miscellaneous

TransAm Westbound or 4 Corners 2017

Created: Jul 22, 2016

Hey everyone, my name is Mike and I'm 32 years old. I've been planning to ride the TransAm route westbound starting in May '17 but recently have been tossing around the idea of doing the 4 corners, either starting in Wilmington, NC, or Houston, TX. I plan on camping and cooking most of the time so I can save my money for exploring national parks and things of that nature. Ideally it would be great to experience the whole journey with a friend, but I have no problems going solo. I am not putting any time constraints on the trip because I want to have the freedom do anything during the trip. TransAm timeframe = approx 3 months, leaving May ’17. 4 Corners timeframe = approx 6 months, leaving mid-Feb if in Wilmington, April if TX. Email

One State at a Time

Created: Jul 6, 2016

Looking ahead next year to do a thorough 3-week loop tour of just one, or maybe 2 or 3, smaller, northern states. I'd love to pedal Maine with New Hampshire and Vermont, or Michigan, or Montana, or some other state my companions may want to visit. Planning is easier this way than a longer cross-country trip. Flexible with start time; prefer camping, warmshowers, or couchsurf hosts. I am experienced and happy with 50-75 miles per day. Looking for 2 or 3 to chat with and make plans. Email

New Zealand

New Zealand November or December 2016

Created: Sep 6, 2016

66-year-old retired lifelong male cyclist looking for companion to ride either one or both New Zealand islands, either self-guided or in a small group. Probably staying in motels or the like. Flexible, email me to discuss. velo4@juno.com Email

North America

Transam west to east April 2017

Created: Sep 7, 2016

I am a 66-year-old Dutchman. I did R66 last year and want to do the TransAm in 2017, west to east. Starting in the last week of April. My average is about 60 miles a day. I am looking for some companionship M/F for (parts of) this trip. Sharing what you see is as important as riding the route. Interested?? Email

Long Weekend Bike Touring

Created: Aug 15, 2016

Seeking a male companion (preferably Washington/DC based) to share cycling trips on long weekends, occasionally longer. I'm in my early 50's — I have a bike, a bike rack, fitness, experience, enthusiasm, and a desire to go bike touring in some comfort — but it would be better with company. Generally I prefer to cycle less than 50 miles per day and with a nice hotel and good meal at the end of each day. If you would be interested in planning some trips together, I would love to hear from you. Email

Yukon to Colorado SHORT NOTICE

Created: Jul 18, 2016

Hi, I'm Ann, 54 years old, female. Experienced, long-distance cyclist seeking experienced company, with a sense of humor, for part or all. I'm now in Alaska cycling south to Whitehorse, will be there August 1. From there or any part of the route company will be very welcome. Jasper September 1, Missoula October 1; these dates are flexible, only I have to be in Denver October 25. Keeping to the Adventure Cycling routes Great Parks and Trans America Trail. Due to lack of time please send me a sms + 1 907 887 9585 or email: freckles24@gmail.com, facebook: freckles24@gmail.com. Also open to other like-minded ideas. 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

Oregon Trail

Created: May 2, 2016

I plan to follow a section of the Oregon Trail across Wyoming this summer/fall. I am wanting several companions and a SAG driver. I am open to ride during Aug. 20-31 or Sept. 12-26. I am a 65+ year-old male with considerable long-distance riding experience. We will ride about 60 miles a day for about a week. A pickup will be our SAG. Call me at 605-721-1427. Email

Northwest

Glacier National Park - July 2017

Created: Aug 26, 2016

Small group looking for others to join on a tour from Missoula up to Kalispell thru Glacier National Park and the Going to the Sun Road. We will go as far north as Fernie, Canada, before heading back south to Whitefish. We will be staying in motels and lodges and will have a luggage vehicle carrying our bags and share common expenses. Starting late June 2017. Email

Denver to Portland to LA

Created: Jul 20, 2016

Leaving Denver early August 2016 to head to Portland via the TransAm and Lewis and Clark routes. I'll take a brief break in Portland, then will head south to LA in October. It would be great to have a riding partner for any leg of the journey! I ride about 50 to 80 miles a day, generally departing early to avoid foul weather. My preference is to stay with warm showers or Couch Surfing hosts. If not available, I'm happy to camp out. I'm currently in the middle of a cross-country tour. Check out my blog if interested in learning about the trip so far: www.memybikeandacamera.com Email

Northern Tier

Created: May 25, 2016

I am completing the Northern Tier from Seaside, Oregon, to the Mississippi River. I did the first part from the Mississippi River to Maine. I am looking for one or two people to join me. I plan on leaving sometime in August of this year. I am 71 with other tours behind me. 50 miles a day is a good mileage day for me. Email

Pacific Coast

October/November 2016--California Coastal Tour

Created: May 16, 2016

Ride the entire length of the California Coast with me! Estimated 1,050 miles at a rate of 50 miles per day following the Adventure Cycling route. Planning on 21 ride days and four rest days. I am a 35-year old woman who is taking time off work to adventure for several months. I currently live in Western Massachusetts and will be riding the Adventure Cycling Vermont Bike Tour in September 2016. This is my first experience planning an solo tour and hope to find folks to join me! Email

South America

Lima to Bogota

Created: Apr 12, 2016

I'm on the road in Huaraz, Peru. There are some shorter local rides I'm going to do around the National Park. After that I'm headed to Columbia by way of Quito, Ecuador. Companions wanted for any or all. Email

Southeast

Underground Railroad, Mobile to Fulton, Oct 2016

Created: Aug 15, 2016

I'm pedaling the first leg of the Underground Railroad ACA Route from Mobile, AL, to Fulton, MS, in October 2016 over about a week, 50-70 miles average to enjoy the journey along the way. Self-supported, camping, warm-showers, etc. If interested in joining for any or all of this leg, touch base. Email

Florida Keys

Created: May 13, 2016

Oct 28-Nov 4, 2016. This will be my 30th self-supported tour of the Florida Keys. My tour is not a commercial tour...no SAG support. Riders are invited to join me as long as they accept my ride expectations. The ride begins in Florida City to Key West and return. Daily mileage is around 50 miles per day. Daily riding ends around 1PM which allows time to enjoy other activities such as touring, swimming, fishing, snorkeling, diving, or just kicking back. Email for additional details and ride expectations. Email

Southwest

Weekend Bikepacking

Created: Aug 31, 2016

I am a rookie, but need to start somewhere. Looking for other folks interested in bikepacking the Southern California area. Destination, plan, and setup are open to discussion. I am 50 and open to any age fellow travelers. Email

Flowers in the Hills 2017

Created: Aug 2, 2016

Come ride the Hill Country of Texas April 1, 2017, through April 10, 2017. This is a self-directed or ride as a group, weeklong cycling tour. We will be staying as a fixed based ride. The ride price includes hotel, 3 dinners, maps, and much more for the week. If interested, please email me. Email

State to State

Christian Bicycle Tour: Maine to Florida

Created: May 24, 2016

Come pedal from Maine to Florida this fall, 2,000 miles in 40 days. We start on September 6 and finish on October 20. We will average 48 miles a day and sleep on air mattresses in churches This is an exciting ride opportunity to enjoy the great scenery of the Atlantic Coast while we reach the lost for Jesus. This is for adult Christians who want to ride with other Christians and tell people we meet along our journey about the love of the Lord. Visit website WHEEL POWER Christian Cyclists, wheelpower.org for all the details. I am Judy and the founder of WHEEL POWER and have been taking teams across America and throughout the USA since 1993. We pedal and proclaim the Gospel message of Jesus' love. Email

Grand Tour of Rail-Trails

Created: May 23, 2016

Super senior male, experienced cyclist seeking a 65-plus (preferably female) riding companion to bike rail trails across the USA estimated to take 2 to 3 months starting March or April 2017 from Atlanta. We would ride 20 to 50 miles out and back then move to the next on our planned list staying in motels or camping. Email

Atlantic Coast

Created: Feb 26, 2016

CanadatotheKeys.com is my ride I'm putting together starting 1 Oct. from Portland, Maine, to Key West, Florida, benefitting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. All riders welcome on this fully supported ride. We'll do 60-70 miles while taking one day a week off. All riders must purchase and wear the AFSP bike jersey and raise a minimum of $1000 for AFSP. My website will have all info shortly. This is a charity ride, not a race, all welcome Email

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