It was pointed out in a recent thread that there's not much input from stokers. Are there more of us out there that just aren't posting? Let's post our 2 cents here. Name your favorite ride. Locations that you'd like to ride. What does your captain do that drives you nuts? Do you have techniques that you've found to keep this from happening? Do any of you take over as captain or have a desire to do so? Let's show T.G. that we are not the "passive stokers" that he speaks of.
I'll start. We bought our first tandem in April 2006 and put just shy of 2000 miles on it last year (didn't quite make it due to a move and bad fall weather here in W. MI).
My favorite ride is the Mission Peninsula, north of Traverse City - beautiful countryside, water on both sides, vineyards, orchards, very interesting and rolling terrain. If you ride on a hot day like we did, you can even cool off in the bay afterwards - very shallow water at the tip of the Peninsula.
The thing that annoys me the most is when the captain doesn't say "coast", and I haven't found a foolproof method to change that - yet.
Stoking is great because it gives me a chance to look around, spot birds, check out landscapes, etc. - something I can't do much when on a solo.
To all of you who think you or your significant other might like tandeming, give it a try or you'll never know.