Adventure Cycling post
Back in December 2014, I posted the following to Adventure Cycling companions wanted site (my age was when the trip starts not when I posted it):
Solstice to Solstice. Plan is to celebrate summer solstice 2016 in Deadhorse, Alaska, and spend 18 months cycling south to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, during summer solstice. Experienced 53-year-old male cycle tourist looking for adventurers to join in all or part of the ride.
I received ~50 responses or inquiries and responded to most of them (apologies if missed). Some from others making a similar trip, some potentially interested further along the way, some just curious. There isn’t one person joining me for the entire distance, some might be interested in parts and the offer of having others join in sections still stands.
I’m comfortable traveling alone and it is always tough figuring out whether it works with a stranger given a lot of possible differences in style. However, a nice thing on cycle touring is if both parties have ability to travel independently, then in worst case one still travels independently and as it matches easy to meet/ride together where it makes sense. It is also nice particularly where English is not the native language, to ride with others. I will see what happens in the future, though I did take down the Adventure Cycling post for now.
HI Mike, I replied to your post last year and we’ve had a couple of exchanges (Denise here!). It’s fun reading your blog and how everything got started. I live in Seattle but also lived in Austin (one of my best friends lives there now). I’m also 53. So a lot of similarities. I’m very excited for you and your trip through the Americas. I will be starting out on my ride from LaPaz, Bolivia to Ushuaia, Argentina in October 2016. I’ll check back in with your blog around that time to see where you’re at. It would be fun if it worked out to meet somewhere.
Safe travels, I look forward to following your blog.
Thanks Denise, I will definitely watch your blog as well as your trip unfolds. I live vicariously on others blogs sometimes when traveling on my own as well. A lot to get done in the last days, but getting excited as trip is about to start.