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I've toured solo and with a partner. There are pluses and minuses to both ways, but I'd give the edge to riding with a partner.
I live in a small town in a county where you can count serious cyclist on one hand. I wasn't even looking for a partner and lucked up on two over 3 years. Found one on Warmshowers about 70 miles from where I live and the other thru CG about 200 miles away. Point being, you may have to depend on luck here. Being involved in the touring forums/sites is one way to find a partner.
It takes a great deal of flexibility for two or more people to have a good tour together, especially a long one. I tend to be the more flexible. I am satisfied with letting my partner plan the tour and set the pace which is about 50 miles/day, plus or minus 20. We don't ride together necessarily. We do end the day at the same place and stay in touch via cp. We don't even expect to camp together. If one wants a motel and the other doesn't, fine. If one wants to lag behind at lunch and the other wants to forge ahead, fine. Flexibility is the key.
Be aware of your partner's moods and try to accomodate. Offer help when needed. Compliments go a long way.
Well, sorry. You didn't ask for philosophy but got it anyway. Good luck.
Hi, all --
I'm starting up this discussion thread because I've had a number of previous requests from Colorado members for a way to connect with others to arrange rides in this area.
You're invited to tell this online community about your riding interests: day rides, weekend overnight trips, week-long or other multi-day trips -- either self-contained or by using your credit card to cover the logistics. I have also found that it's useful to be pretty specific in describing your own riding preferences for such things as daily distance, riding pace/speed, what area you prefer to ride in, etc. when you are seeking riding companions.
If you are unfamiliar with the logistics of organizing and planning a multi-day and/or self-contained trip, I and many other folks in this forum will be happy to share our experience with you. It's not really rocket science, and different arrangements will work for different people, but we'll all try to ensure that everyone's on-the-road experience gets better. It's especially my hope that anyone who is anticipating their first overnight bike trip will use this space to make that experience a great one.
I can relate to everything but I am more of the motivated, skilled, etc. who is not in as much shape as you. However, now that the kids are mid-teens, once I get my youngest off to college, I will be embarking on the southern tier route from Key West to complete my perimeter tour then do several others. Look me up in a few years!