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Anyone met and initiated a tour with a member of this forum?

Old 03-10-10, 11:21 PM
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Originally Posted by MilitantPotato
I'm starting a tour at some point this week with someone who posted here. First tour for the both of us, should be interesting.

very cool! good luck to you both
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Old 03-10-10, 11:23 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
sounds a little like a personal ad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVdhZwK7cS8
haha, i guess it does. and i guess it is really.
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Old 03-10-10, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Big Lew
I also like to tour alone but had someone from work ride with me on two long trips. I was very fortunate everything went very well because it was his first tour, and I'm not the easiest person to get along with when on long rides as I am quite a bit older, and like to push for mileage every day, rather than mosey along. Although he is a runner, his knees and achilies tendons inflamed and after 1400 miles, had to quit. Two years later, he came along again and this time he knew what to expect so everything, including his body, worked very well, and we both thoroughly enjoyed the 1500+ mile wilderness ride.
So my best advise would be, make sure that everyone coming along understands, and is comfortable with the agreed apon program; how many miles a day to try for, if you are camping or moteling, are side trips on the agenda, how long between breaks, are you riding everyday or taking some days off, are you eating in cafes or making your own meals, etc. If there is too great a difference of opinion between the riders in the group, the longer the ride, the worst it will get.
excellent advice, thanks big lew.
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Old 03-11-10, 01:51 PM
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I checked out your thread and feel inspired. I have had smaller dreams, but why not dream big? touring the globe will indescribably epic and I'd love to hear more about your plans and adventures in the future. I'll keep up with that thread and send you good vibes =)

Hey Scottie,

I look forward to, and will most definitely need, some good vibes being sent my way. Or, you could just send me a touring bike resulting in very positive vibes!!

Daz
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Old 03-12-10, 03:29 AM
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Hey Scottie,

I admire and respect how you're going about asking advice. A lot of new members come to this forum sounding vague and not really having thought anything through regarding their trip before they post. You seem different. I suspect many such members never go through with their trip. Again, I think you will

I'm a guy in my early thirties with no children. I have never travelled to the USA. My advice on whether to tour alone or not is irrelevant. I like spending time alone, travelling and riding my bicycle. My mum was very worried when I told her of my plans for my first tour. I think if it were my sister doing a tour instead of me, her fears would have skyrocketed!

Unfortunately you probably won't be able to recruit a friend(s) to travel with you. So out of necessity you'll need to tour alone. I wouldn't mind doing the Trans-America one day - some time in the next few years. I'd like to meet up with people along the way who are also doing the trip and travel together for a day or two - perhaps even a few hours. But I wouldn't / couldn't do an organised or planned trip with others. That's just a limitation of my personality!

There was a thread on here six or nine months ago (my memory fails me) about someone asking for advice on how to deal with worried parents. I suspect that might help you just as much as your search for travel companions.

I haven't been of any help, I know, but I just wanted to say goodluck and to follow your dream, but stay safe.
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