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Re: Casual bicycle tourist looking for ideas on finding travel companions

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@BearonaBicycle  So I saw your second post via email, and am gonna reply even though it isn't posted here. Smiley Happy

 

DH and I are blessed with a pretty large and diverse (geographically and cycle-style wise) group of cycling compadres. We are still years from retirement (though we took this year off). Here's how we created this group:

 

Since we ourselves have a cycling specialty, we joined a forum focused on that type of bike. And we posted plenty. And we learned a lot. And we chatted and we set up easy-going group rides with locals and we migrated around to others' group rides and we ended up with a casual crew from there. (You can join any bike forum: they probably have a group ride section. Both of the ones I'm on do.)

 

We also train 2-3 days a week on local trails, so we got to know cyclists that are preparing for competition. First we waved and said hello, then we started to gear gab trailside. Soon we'd encounter these serious cyclists on the trail and ask to ride with them, they'd do the same. Now we gather socially, email each other stats, challenges or one liners and are fast friends.

 

Then there are the peeps we've encountered by traveling to Senior Games competitions in other states. A couple of years and 11 competitions later, we're at the point of planning trips and tours and even coordinate which events we are competing at.

 

So, my advice boiled down: go do what you love, be open to friendship, create opportunities to cultivate that friendship and have a grand old time. Smiley Happy

 

Best wishes as always,

Epster

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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Re: Casual bicycle tourist looking for ideas on finding travel companions

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For many years I have cycled GOBA, Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure, Ohio's state week-long bicycle tour. I have also cycled and organized weekend and weeklong tours with my bicycle club. This year I did the Bike Florida winter ride and Cycle North Carolina coastal ride. These were with friends and cyclists I have known for years.

 

Retired, now I find myself wanting to do more. I would love to do it with friends but unfortunately almost all do not have the funds or time. I find my retirement and financial situation is a benefit and problem at the same time. My spouse still works with little time off. My friends are in the same boat. I want to explore by bicycle now while my health is good. Who knows what the future will bring.

 

I am looking for a way to connect with people who want to do some exploring on a bike to interesting places. My European tour was with a nice group of people that welcomed me in. That may not be the case for a single person in a group. 

 

I am interested in trying an unguided tour internationally but am uncomfortable doing it solo. That is probably the thing I am looking for most, a person who shares my love of cycling and discovery who is willing to share it with someone else.

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Hi @BearonaBicycle  Good to see you here. Are you interested in joining rides? There's Ride the Rockies, Ride the Plains, et cetera, ad nauseum. Or are you looking to plan your own tour, but want folks to join you?

 

 

"The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." Julius Erving
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I am nearing the end of my first year of retirement. I m a 63-year-old casual cyclist who love bicycle touring. I spent 2 weeks cycling western Hungary as my retirement gift to myself. I now know I want to do much more in the coming years. My problem is finding cycling companions for my journey. My husband is not retired and most of my cycling friends are also not retired. I am looking for some help on how to find people interested in casual bicycle touring in the UDA and international. I was lucky on my Hungarian tour to join a group that welcomed me as a single (all other were couples). What suggestions do you have?

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