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Old 04-25-11, 08:32 AM   #1
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Coordinating your tour with other's schedules

This question arose over the ham on Easter, "When are you going to be in the Black Hills?" Seems my brother and his family are taking a week off in June to go to a favorite spot on the planet. I had thought of leaving straight for the Hills to get a jump on the ride West, but last week's weather had me thinking of alternate plans, the one I came up with would put me in the Black Hills about the same time, and I'd see some of middle America, ride some of the Katy Trail, and the Cowboy Trail.

I've read journals on CGOB where friends and family come out and join up with tourers on their travels. It would be fun to see my brother, it might offer a chance to unload some stuff, or bring some stuff out, and food, and a hotel... Are these meet in greets important to you, and do you make special accommodations for them when planning a tour?
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I only did that on one tour. My uncle joined me for a week of my tour - and it worked out OK, but it adds an element of time-pressure to the tour that I prefer not to have. If the other party is traveling by car it helps - make them come to you. In that case, I needed to be in a certain town when his flight arrived, and I managed it, but it did involve me stalling for a few days where otherwise I would not have.

On that same tour, I was trying to be at my Aunt's house on a certain date, to make a family re-union. I ended up taking a car ride in order to get there on time, and that was OK b/c it allowed me to skip a section I wasn't interested in anyway - but again the element of time pressure was unwanted.
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I never made that actually happen even after promising. On hind sight it would have been better if I had just not planned on the meeting at all.
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I only did this once. My group of three agreed to meet several co-workers in Yosemite for a night of camping and a stroll up the back of half-dome. It was great fun and almost made up for the necessity of being on Hwy 49 for a brief stretch. Back then, we always toured with time pressure. Although all of us made our own schedules (university research), that usually meant 80 hour weeks and a reluctance to take long breaks.
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We have done it a couple of time, but it was serendipitous. My daughter just happend to be in Yellowstone when we were coming through on our ride across the US. It took some cell phone calls and pushing a little for a day or 2, but it was worth it to see her and the grandkids. Another time we were riding in Idaho and a truck pulled over and my grandkids jumped out. They were on their way home to Monatana, with their other grandparents. They knew we were on the road, and were keeping an eye out for us. I don't think I'd try to meet somone else's schedule. However if their schedule met or was close to mine it would be worth a shot. The person in the car has a lot more control over speed and distance than we do.

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I never made that actually happen even after promising. On hind sight it would have been better if I had just not planned on the meeting at all.
I don't generally bother planning the meetings either. People as a whole tend to be rather flaky about things like this, always wanting to change at the last minute, wanting to be there a day earlier or a day later (often without notice). I've realised it's much easier just to stick to what I was doing and say we'll catch up if our paths happen to cross at the same time. If not, there's no harm done.
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