Open to ride with a relaxed, adventurous, financially independent travel companion to explore Europe by bike together, or meet up for sections along the way.
I'll fly to Madrid Spain in March and will try to wrap it up by end of October.
The route roughly goes south from Madrid through Granada, Cordoba, Seville to the Mediterranean, follow the coast to Portugal,
and then essentially follow the Atlantic Coast through Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, possibly North to Scandinavia,
then South through Eastern Europe to Greece.
Depending on the progress, there are two options once in the Netherlands:
1. Either continue north through Sweden and Norway to Finland, and then south through Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Hungaria, to Greece
2. or skip Scandinavia and go straight to Poland or Slovakia and then south.
My background is in environmental and rural development projects in developing countries, living in Asia, Africa, South America for a few years each.
In 2016 I biked 3000 kilometers from the Baltic through Germany and France to the Mediterranean.
In 2017 I did a 5000 mile loop from California to Yellowstone National Park, through Nevada and Idaho to the Montana/Wyoming border, then south on the Continental Divide Mountain Bike Trail through Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico to the Mexico Border. Then turned west along the border through New Mexico and Arizona back to California, following the Coast north to San Francisco.
My average per day ranged around 50 miles in the US, in Europe less, depending largely on interesting stops along the way, detours or rest days as needed.
I plan to use mostly rural roads and bike trails, some unpaved.
I'm flexible on accommodation but enjoy traveling low cost. On past trips I mostly camped 'wild' to avoid noisy campgrounds, and occasionally stayed with Warm Showers hosts, which became one of the highlights as a personal introduction into local culture and traditions.
I speak English, French, German, Spanish, and some Portuguese.
Enjoy taking time to explore highlights, hike peaks, explore the ancient cultures and protected areas, ski virgin snow, live with the local people, improve salsa and tango first hand, enjoy the best food, taste wines, surf, dive, kayak, etc.
You should be travel-experienced on bike tours and multi-day hikes, have some experience off-pavement /mountain biking, enjoy low-budget travel (mostly camping, WarmShowers / Couch Surfing, occasionally staying in local guesthouses, etc...), reliable, trust-worthy, a good biking/hiking/skiing buddy, uncomplicated, financially independent.
I prefer freedom from smoking, drugs, dramas, rushing, snoring :-)
A dog might be ok if proven to master the distances, and you take full responsibility and care for the admin and costs involved.
We could get to know each other at least via Skype.