We will be joining Counselguy and another couple (new to tandeming) at TRIRI (the Touring Ride In Rural Indiana) for a week of riding. TRIRI tours a different part of the state each year going from state park to state park and this year some of the riding is close to where we live. Last year was our first time on the tandem (we toured twice on singles before we got our tandem) and we hope to see several tandems out of the approximately 300 people who will be on the tour.
Two of the "top 100 climbs in U.S." in a recent bicyling magazine are in the area and I think the we wither be on the main route have the option of doing them as part of the ride. We will be compelled to show the singles that we can climb.
Our first TRIRI in 2004 was the experience that convinced my wife that we could ride across America which we then did in 2005 on singles (before we had a tandem). We have friends who are doing the same ride this summer on a tandem (start tomorrow in Astoria, Oregon) with America by Bicycle.