Actual Companions Wanted classified ads from recent editions of Adventure Cyclist magazine:
> Looking for a few folks to join me on a fascinating tour from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to Gilgit, Pakistan. We’ll travel through Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, India, and end in Pakistan. I’d like to avoid China. This tour would last 4-6 months. I’m looking for experienced world travelers. Staying in modest hotels, camping. I’m 75 and have travelled extensively . . .
> I’m celebrating turning 70 by riding cross country for the third time . . .
> I’m a 65-year-old male retired firefighter. I plan to leave April 30 and meet the TransAm at Mammoth Cave NP on May 2. Transfer to Great Parks at Missoula, and then to the Northern Tier for the westward trek to Anacortes . . . . Camping, hostels, motels, etc., 50-80 miles per day, whatever strikes the fancy at the moment
> 57-year-old female, cycling the Northern Tier west to east, leaving on or by June 1. Will be utilizing low-budget motels, churches, and Warmshowers. Average 60-80 miles/day.
> Planning a bike trip through Western Europe, spending a good deal of time sight-seeing. Tentatively thinking about 8-12 weeks seeing France, Italy, Spain, England, and Ireland. Open to additions. Riding about 50 miles a day . . . . Just did a summer trip this year from Texas to St. Augustine, Florida, and from there to New Jersey solo, and learned I would rather do trips with like-minded people. I’m a 62-year-old male looking to see the world . . . .
> TRANSAM WEST TO EAST: 69-year-old male planning to depart from Astoria around June 7-10. Expect to work up to 50- to 60-mile days, mostly camping, motels only when necessary. Did Pacific Coast last summer and Thailand and southern Laos in January.
> Riding the TransAmerica Trail from Astoria (Ore.) to Norfolk in 2017. . . .Want to travel light, motels for lodging, of course see th esights along the way but don’t want to be tied down with 60 pounds of gear. . . . Turning 60 in July. . . . Those of you thinking of a transcontinental ride, do it now, don’t wait! This is a beautiful country with beautiful people and the best way is slow on a bike. Last time was solo but company is very welcome.
> My name is Ann and I’m planning a two-month bike trip through Norway, north to south, and a bit of Denmark too. I (female, 55 years young) cycled Norway in 1992, my first of many fantastic self-contained solo tours. I usually average about 50 miles per day, depending on the terrain and availability of campgrounds. Looking for a companion who enjoys a leisurely pace and has a sense of humor.
I want to be these people when I grow up.