We’re Katy and Rob. We usually live in Bristol, UK, but from spring 2018 to spring 2019 we’re exploring North America on a tandem, aiming to end up in the Caribbean before coming home.
We wanted to do a big bike tour for a long time. Bigger than a regular holiday. And we wanted to link up Winnipeg (a city for which we have much affection, which we tried to explain when we were there) and Trinidad (where Rob’s dad grew up). This trip is a very roundabout way of doing that.
We’re on a tandem because it guarantees we ride together and can chat, and it’s a lot of fun. It also adds a level of inconvenience at times (basically any time we’re not riding it) and this makes the whole thing seem like more of an adventure.
The rough route is: wiggle north from Washington DC to Montreal, west to Winnipeg, train to Jasper, back on the bike to Prince Rupert, boat to Vancouver Island, down the west coast of the US and Baja California, sail to mainland Mexico, across to the Yucatan via Mexico City, then the Caribbean. But we have enough time to meander and explore. We’ve been involved in community bike projects and DIY music at home, and we’d especially like to check those things out along the way.
We update the blog as we go, and sometimes the equipment list if we find we’ve forgotten something essential, or we decide to ditch something that isn’t. We upload each day’s ride to Ride with GPS, so you can see every inch of our route there. There are many dull (unless you like that sort of thing) photos of roads in blog posts for each section of the trip: usually about a week. Hopefully they’re useful if you’re planning to ride any of the same areas as us. There are also tweets and Instagram posts @dtouringamerica.
We read a lot of useful stuff on other people’s tour blogs when we were planning, so we wanted to add to that pool of resources as well as keeping friends and family up to date with what we’re doing, and just chatting about stuff we like. Some of this (like detailed information about road numbers and bike bits) will definitely be really boring for some, but it’d be great if it is useful to others.
Anyhow, whatever your reason for reading, thanks, and enjoy this song, which was surely made for bowling along an empty road on a bike in the sunshine (see below).