I frequently talk to people who want to go on a bicycle tour, but are overwhelmed by the apparent complexity of such an undertaking, and, in the end, they get bogged down in internet discussions about tires or panniers and never actually go through with any trips. I am planning for a week-long tour this summer, tentatively scheduled for the first week of August. Anyway, it occurred to me that this would be a good opportunity to invite experienced and inexperienced bicycle tourists to come with me. I especially want to welcome people who are new to bicycle touring, who may be otherwise a little intimidated by logistics and all the potential pitfalls of going it alone.
I don't have a specific route in mind just yet, but the idea would be to cover around 45-50 miles per day at a relaxed pace. Some days may be 30 miles, and some days may be 70 miles (maximum) - it all really depends on the locations of towns, campgrounds, motels, and other points of interest we plan to visit. There's nothing worse on a bike tour than being tired after a long day, but still pressed for time to cover many miles while daylight is running out... Rather than a rigid itinerary dependent on grueling high-mileage days, I prefer to build in the flexibility of a leisurely daily mileage schedule.
There will be no charge for this trip, and I will accept no responsibility for your safety or enjoyment. My plan is to provide a nice route and the companionship of a group, but on a bike trip, as in life, it's not reasonable to expect everything to go 100% smoothly and according to some preconceived plan. The basic idea is that each rider would be responsible for his/her own bicycle, equipment, food, physical fitness, etc.
Food: Some combination of cooking, grocery stores, and restaurants. The route of the trip will not be far-removed from civilization. We will pass numerous opportunities for replenishing food/supplies. Personally, I like to have munchies on the bike, but eat at least one big meal a day at a decent restaurant.
Lodging: Mostly camping at campgrounds, but perhaps one or two nights at a motel. In general, no lodging will be arranged in advance unless it seems necessary to have reservations somewhere. Most of the time, we can decide on the road where we're gonna stay.
If this is of interest to you, or you have questions, please let me know.