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

Saigon to Bangkok

Created: Oct 9, 2017

Want to ride on a tight budget — I think it can be done for $200. I'm looking for 2 or 3 like-minded people to go in January 2018. Email

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

TransAmerica Trail - East to West May 2018

Created: Oct 9, 2017

I am 61 years old, happily married, and recently retired with a plan to ride the TransAmerica Trail, departing Yorktown, Virginia on May 1, 2018. I will ride an average of 50 miles per day, and will camp/cook when the weather permits. I have completed 3,000 miles of self-supported touring and am excited to tackle the TransAm. I am looking for 1 or 2 other men who also have some touring experience and would like to join me. Email

Guide/companion sought for Epic Journey

Created: Oct 2, 2017

I want to fulfill a lifetime dream of cycling across the U.S. (or similar 2–3 month challenge). I am seeking a guide/companion. I walk with a cane (due to a balance disorder, so I need minor assistance off-bike) but am stable on a bike. I am a 56 yo male in fairly good cycling condition (250 miles/week). Accommodations: hotel (separate rooms). Need to leave soon. Southern route suggested. Stipend: negotiable. Strong female or male. Email

Northern Tier - West to East

Created: Sep 25, 2017

I'm a 60+ experienced touring rider, group fitness instructor, and retired pipeline engineer from Omaha, Nebraska. I'm looking to tackle the Northern Tier Route diverting through the Great Lakes and Erie Canal Connector to Bar Harbor, Maine. I plan to start this journey on Father's Day, June 2018, and I'm looking for a companion rider that is in excellent shape and a good match for my riding style. I am allowing about two months for this crossing including rest days, which may be too aggressive for most. I want a rider capable of 14–15 mph on a loaded touring bike (self-contained) and we'll average at least 75 miles per day with 100 miles per day possible. Camping mostly but use 'warmshowers' and/or cheap motels on occasion. Email

West Coast to East Coast

Created: Sep 5, 2017

Hello, my name is James (52 yrs) and I would like to tour the country by bike! I live in the San Francisco area and would like to dip the tire and start our journey there and pedal to a destination on the East Coast, can be negotiated! I would like to leave mid-April or early June, ride about 50–75 miles per day, give or take a few! I'm not in a rush but I want to move along too! Maybe even have a friend drive ahead with supplies! Thanks for reading, give me a shout out if you're interested. Thanks, James Email

Midwest to Seattle

Created: Aug 31, 2017

My name is Stan, I'm 61 years old, I want to ride to Seattle (start May/June 2018), and my wife says I'd be a fool to do this alone. I hate it when she's right. My plan is to hop on the TransAmerica in Newton, KS, and follow it to Missoula. Probably the L&C to Pacific Coast from there to Seattle. I'm no speed demon. I just averaged 14.5mph on a KS flat 64 mi ride. I anticipate some difficult climbs and some short mileage days in the Rockies. I'm thinking camping most nights to keep cost down but willing to pay for a soft bed on occasion. Open to cooking or dining out. I've not done a self-contained ride, but have done a 500+ mi multi-day organized, supported ride. Looking for one or more riders for a good portion of the route. Email

Across U.S. west to East Coast

Created: Aug 14, 2017

I am a 24-year-old woman planning a ride across the U.S. starting April/May 2018. It is not a race for me to get across, and I plan to stay longer at national parks to have a look around. I am not a quick rider either. Hope to find someone to travel with. Email

Washington, DC, to Missoula

Created: Aug 1, 2017

Hi, I'm a 60-year-old biker in search of companion(s), male or female, any ages, to ride at a relatively casual pace from DC to Missoula in the spring of 2018. I would accept people to do all or part of the ride; I am expecting that the ride will last about two months. I'm vegetarian, reasonably flexible, fairly good with bike tools. My plan is to go unsupported, but not necessarily without luxuries — that is, I prefer motels to camping if they are available, and while I don't mind having my share of meals by the side of the road, I don't want to do it the way I did my first cross-country ride in 1980 in which I went weeks on boxed mac and cheese! That said, I'm also not planning on making it a deluxe tour. Interested? Please write. Email

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

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

Europe

Normandy and the Loire Valley

Created: Aug 1, 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

Great Divide Ride, 2018

Created: Oct 16, 2017

I'm a 68-year-old male cyclist, and did the TransAm route in 2013. Ride about 6,000 to 7,000 miles per year. I'm interested in doing the Great Divide from New Mexico to Banff. Start roughly mid-June. I'm currently in conversation with 3 other riders, and would like to get up to 6. As per normal, there are always things that don't go to plan, so good to anticipate that some ultimately can't go. We may have a SAG vehicle and might be some cost sharing for that. The GDMBR is rough and exhausting, so nice to know there is help. Have brother who will drive, only cost of the vehicle to share, and only for duration of trip. Email

Great Divide Ride Supported! 2018

Created: Sep 13, 2017

I am riding the Great Divide from Butte, Montana, to Pinedale, Wyoming, with a support vehicle. This will be in early July! I rode 2 weeks in 2016 had some knee issues and had to get off the route. So I am riding with a support truck and if anyone is interested in joining me on that 2-week part the cost will be $25/day. That includes cost for gas and carrying your food/gear. $50/day if we provide food! After the 2 weeks I am going on self-supported from there. You are certainly welcome to continue on with me from there. Drop me a line if interested! Peace 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

Midwest

Ohio to Erie Trail

Created: Sep 5, 2017

Planning on riding Ohio to Erie Trail next year. Using the last week of August 2018 for my ride. Plan on using motels along way. I am a 60-year-old male. My ride average is 12–14 mph. Trip is not 100% planned. Would like to Start in Cincinnati, Ohio, and finish at Lake Erie, Cleveland, Ohio. If interested please contact me and see what we can arrange. Thanks for reading. E-mail me cliffhanger57@yahoo.com Email

Miscellaneous

Summer 2018

Created: Oct 4, 2017

Looking for group to cycle with for 1 week any time between May 30 and August 15, 2018. Going to Burning Man at month's end. Will go anywhere in the U.S. Have done FL Keys, RAGBRAI 21 times, but want something new. I am 70 years old, fit, but not a racehorse any longer. More like an "old mule" with a good attitude. Email

New Zealand

New Zealand WInter 2018

Created: Oct 6, 2017

Having just completed circumnavigating the U.S. and Canada, I am planning my next trip to New Zealand. I Intend to leave Canada Dec. 29, 2017, and come back April 15, 2018. I am a fit 60-year-old female looking for a companion to circumnavigate New Zealand and visit Hobbits. Intend to use camping, hostels and motels but will be self contained. Aiming for 80km (50 miles) per day. Willl be stopping in places of interest. Email

North America

Baja Divide January or February 2018

Created: Oct 9, 2017

I live in San Diego and unfortunately missed the group ride this past January. I recently contacted the organizer who informed me that was an inaugural thing with no repeat in the works. Therefore, I'm planning to do it independently and self supported around mid-January or February 2018. I intend to launch from San Diego and arrange a return flight out of La Paz back to Tijuana. Figuring about 60-80 miles a day for a 25-28 day trip. Email

Raising awareness for veterans

Created: Aug 28, 2017

Hi everyone. I'm from New Hampshire looking to bike to San Diego pier, California, starting April 1, 2018. I'm a veteran of the United States Army and would love to have someone to come bother me on this trip. I'm a beginner cyclist but my passion outweighs my experience. Email me for details Email

Down the East Coast and across the Southern Tier

Created: Aug 4, 2017

My tour will commence on August 20 from Hartford, CT. I plan to circumnavigate the U.S. by first biking down the East Coast following the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast Route and turning west to bike across the Southern Tier Route. My final destination (for now) is San Diego, CA. I will be stopping to enjoy the many sites. Would love to meet up along the way at any point and have some companions to join me. Email

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

Northwest

Trike riders for day and overnight trips

Created: Oct 12, 2017

I am an 80-year-old male looking for riding companions for day trips and overnighters in central Washington state in preparation for longer rides. I am also a Vietnam Air Force vet and would love to ride with other vets. I am new to riding and would like to have someone with experience to learn from if possible. Email

Missoula, MT > Coeur d'Alene, ID > Portland, OR

Created: Aug 29, 2017

I'm a fit, 57-year-old male, and I'm in the early stages exploring (not firm) taking my first touring ride in September 2018 (dates are flexible) starting in Missoula, MT, through Coeur d'Alene, ID, connect with the Lewis and Clark Trail in Clarkston, WA, and end in Portland, OR. I'm looking for two or three 50+ fun, easy-going, and adventurous companions to join me for portions of the ride, or for the entire trip. I want to stop and "smell the roses" along the way, and hope to cover 40–50+ miles/day, with rest days as needed. I'll stay in hotels when available, and camp when not. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to discuss, or if you have any questions. :-) Email

South America

Colombia — Bogota to Cartagena

Created: Aug 7, 2017

I'm planning to ride from Bogota to Cartagena from November 16–December 6. I tour with my coupled CoMotion and load it down with about 20 kg, no camping, staying in hotels which I usually find with booking.com, and local restaurants. I have a tentative route, about 60–100 km, and quite a bit of climbing, at least from what I've found on RidewithGPS. If there's enough interest, maybe we can hire a guide. Email

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

Southeast

Bikepackers wanted in Asheville, NC, and TN areas

Created: Oct 2, 2017

I'm a 28 y/o guy enjoying the outdoors and mountain biking since a kid. I'm looking for people to go bikepacking with in the Asheville, NC, area as a primer for longer trips along the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route. I live in Nashville, TN. These Asheville adventures would be about 30mi/day forest road and singletrack with self-supported camping. I figured that east Tennessee/Asheville general area would be a good place to start. Learning about medicinal plants and testing out gear for longer multiday backpacking trips in the future is the idea that I have in mind along with meeting good people. I'm open to suggestions of where to go and what's out there. Email

Blues Tour through Dixie

Created: Sep 25, 2017

Putting together a route through Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Some of the Natchez Trace and some along the Blues Trail. Planning on late January or early Feb 2018. Camping, occasional warm showers or hotel. 60+ miles per day. Would like a couple of mates. Email

Florida Keys

Created: Aug 16, 2017

I will be riding my 33rd tour of the Florida Keys October 27–November 3, 2017. This is not a commercial tour. Riders are invited to join me but they must be self-supported and self-reliant. SAG support not available. All daily rides end early afternoon so riders can enjoy other activities in the Florida Keys. Email for ride expectations and itinerary. Email

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