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Old 08-17-10, 08:56 AM
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across america tour?

Hello All,
I am planning a trip across country in April-May, I started training this weekend and I'm very excited about the adventure. However, it would be nice to find a few or at least one other to join me. I live in San Diego and would like to end the trip somewhere in the 45 day period with and average of 60-75 miles/day.

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Old 08-17-10, 09:04 AM
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moving this to touring. I'd really like to do this but I can't see time/money being available any time soon

I sent the OP a PM and there is a redirect from Long Distance, so I hope the OP finds his thread.

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Old 08-17-10, 09:18 AM
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I suggest you join the Adventure Cycling Association and then post a "companions wanted" listing on their web site. This is probably your best bet.

https://www.adventurecycling.org/mag/companions.cfm

I note however that it is perfectly fine to do the trip solo. A touring partner has advantages and disadvantages, and many times the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
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Originally Posted by John Nelson View Post
I note however that it is perfectly fine to do the trip solo. A touring partner has advantages and disadvantages, and many times the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.
This is good advice.

Getting stuck with a riding partner you don't get along with is NO FUN. Planning a cross-country trip riding with a total stranger sounds like a big gamble. If you go that route you might consider stipulating that each have the ability and willingness to go solo if things don't work out. Or, start solo and meet people along the route.

I know a couple who each started a cross-Canada tour solo, happened to meet each other early in the trip, ended up riding all the way together, and later got married. I know others who were at each others throats after a few days, but begrudgingly stuck together because they had planned it that way (had one stove between them, one set of tools, etc.).
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I would never try to find a touring partner because I tend to drive people nuts after a few hours. Although that gives them motivation to keep going.
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I would never try to find a touring partner because I tend to drive people nuts after a few hours. Although that gives them motivation to keep going.
lol, so you then stay 1-2 days behind them so they can't slack off lest you catch up
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