Hi everyone, I know it's still 6 months away, but with all the logistics involved, I figured, I might as well get a jump on it. :)
So....... Where to start..
OH! Hi, my name is Rick, I'm a 50 year old omnivore, from Las Vegas Nevada, I like to indulge in non-cycling interests, such as beer, burgers, etc, ( Think fat man on a bike, but with the legs to go the distance) and I will be heading out on a "modified" US Southern tier route. By modified, I only mean that I would hook up with a companion in Phoenix, (Or Las Vegas if you choose to start from here also), rather than in San Diego, other than that, the route would be pretty vanilla ACA. (See my update further down the page) Start time for this tour would be ~ Feb 15, or so, depending on conditions. I recently sold off my old Fuji touring bike & gear, and am running all new gear & bike foo this tour, so I'm expecting something to break. :D My preferences in a touring companion are pretty simple. Have a good attitude, a sense of humor, sense of adventure, and understanding that I am 50, trying to push a steel bike across those mountains. ;) Male, Female, Straight, bi, gay, doesn't matter to me, we're all humans. Oh and if you happen to enjoy an unsupported, no SAG support, no hotel, (WS hosts are ALWAYS a welcome sight), oh, and killer music, type of tour, we should get along swimmingly.
I've learned in my 50 years, that life is too damned short for prejudices, hate, politics, & religion. Everyone is, who they are, and believe what they believe, and I am in no position to try to change anyones mind about anything, and prefer to avoid those areas of unavoidable conflict, when touring (i.e go along to get along). Plus a little weed along the way never hurts.. O_o.
As I have the "luxury"/freedom to take my time at this point in my life, I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere, BUT I don't have any desire for it to take any longer than reasonably possible. 40 - 70 miles per day, at a decent ( for the load I carry ) 10 - 15mph depending on terrain & conditions. I am a technology nut, so technically I will be the personification of a "Fred". Lights, music, solar power to charge everything, I can't fully unplug, not even for a tour. :)
My wife thinks I'm crazy for doing an unsupported tour, but I classify it as my mid-life crisis / finding my spirit animal, tour. :) If my profile sparks interest, and you think we might be a good match, as the kids say "Hit me up", and I'll forward my contact info, if I've offended you in any way, well, HTFU sunshine.
I Thank you for reading my babble. P.S. Yes, that's a full rack on the front, never know when I might strap a pizza on it for later. :) P.P.S. Setting up WS hosts ahead of time would be (as the kids say) AWESOME / KILLER / RAD.. :D Cheers, Rick