Do you belong to a cycletouring club or clubs?
I'm a member of both of my local clubs, and plan to ride with at least one, possibly both of them again this coming year:
Calgary - http://www.elbowvalleycc.org/
Edmonton - http://www.bikeclub.ca/
I enjoy riding with cycletouring clubs because they do longish day rides on the weekends in various places which gives me the opportunity to see more of my province, to ride longish distances, and to meet other cyclists. They also tend to ride at a pace I'm comfortable with ... with a "stop and smell the roses" attitude. The pre-ride talk prior to the Lake Louise Bakery ride I did last year is an example, when the ride organizer encouraged us all to stop and take lots of photos along the way ... so, of course, I did.
Many of the other cyclists in the clubs I've ridden with have toured more than just the tours organized by the club itself. I've heard tales of tours in many parts of Europe, Central America, South America, and Asia. It's interesting to talk to everyone, to listen to their stories, and to pick up tips.
So ... what are your local cycletouring clubs, and do you ride with them?