« on: March 08, 2009, 09:35:02 pm »
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.