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Sally Hough

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Québec City to New Orleans

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Sally Hough

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

United Kingdom

The time has come to stop reading about world cycling adventures and have a go myself. I am hugely excited and fortunate to be able to do this trip, with a tinge of conscience about abandoning my family for 6-7 weeks, to join with a diverse group of people to make a journey so far from home. Could this become a habit, perhaps even further next time? What better way than to see the world than on a bike.

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico and most of Europe except the northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began on the Africa trip in 2012. Completed the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016 with a great team of people and my best trip ever was the new 2017 Odyssey - Athens to Amsterdam. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, the scenery in many places so raw and rugged and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. This year I completed Pub Ride 2...a fun trip with lots of laughs and some great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. Looking forward to the Hippie Trail...the colourful saris and Indian food smells... I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world. Looking forward to indulging in a cold beer or two when it's hot, or cold but especially after a great day in the saddle. Just love the life on the road.

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Warren Millar

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Warren Millar

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Australia

Hi there, I am Warren from Australia, I am a recent convert to cycle touring, and I'm really looking forward to this amazing and challenging tour. Cheers, W

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

Early 60s, bike touring enthusiast, Recently retired, (Prof. Emeritus (ECE), UofA). TDA Alumni of NAE 2015 and French Connection 2016. Friend of Maureen Lanuke also from the Edmonton Bicycle Touring Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Looking forward to this interesting fun ride and to meeting all of you!

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Québec City to New Orleans

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Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

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Rider

Québec City to Washington DC

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Québec City to Washington DC

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Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Québec City to New Orleans

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Warren Mayhew

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Warren Mayhew

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

My name is Warren Mayhew, I grew up in southern Ontario, however my love for the outdoors told me to pursue an education in outdoor adventure tourism. After finishing school I felt my life needed more outdoor tourism, so I decided to take my bicycle with me for 6 months throughout South America. After that trip I knew that my derrere had thousands of more kilometres left to spend in a bicycle saddle.

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Robert Fletcher

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Robert Fletcher

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

I belong to Edmonton Bike and Touring club and I have enjoyed past tours with TDA. Last year I did the French Connection and prior to that the India and NAE tours. I spent 30 years as an educator with Edmonton Public Schools. I also spent 2.5 years teaching in Australia. I have been retired for 19 years. I look forward to meeting everyone on this trip.

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Maxime Dionne

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Maxime Dionne

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

"Travelling, moving, waking up every day in a new place means I have a thousand memories of different homes all around the world."

I used to work in an office developing softwares in Quebec City and one day I decided to quit that lifestyle. Being able to take only a trip or two per year wasn’t enough anymore—I needed to travel full time. In 2013, I bought a bicycle (that's right, I only had one from Canadian Tire at the time, but I quickly concluded a Surly LHT would better fit my needs) and went on my first bike tour, solo, starting from home and riding through Canada, the US, and Haiti. A year later, I was in Vancouver looking for a job and someone told me about TDA and their recruitment ad for Australia. I applied, bought an airline ticket to meet TDA in Adelaide, and the following month I was enjoying my new outdoor office from the saddle of my bike!

An incredible country I've cycled through is Haiti. The scenery is stunning and every 100 kilometres is an adventure, but best of all is the local folklore. I have many stories about this mysterious country and one of my favourites is about the werewolf living on the island. The Haitian werewolf is a shape-shifter able to impersonate any animal. It transforms at night—any night, even if there's no moon—and is always looking to feast on human flesh. The only way to avoid an assured death at this creature’s hands is to sleep in a house with a roof. I like to bush camp while cycling and Haiti was no different. I would sleep out in my sleeping bag in the mountains or on the beach, sometimes in my tent, sometimes under the stars. Every night the locals would warn me about the werewolf, genuinely worried I’d be eaten as I slept. Some invited me into their homes, and once a group of five friends volunteer to check on me every hour of the night. People were surprised every morning I woke up alive and some started to believe the werewolf didn't have an appetite for strangers.

There are a few reasons I like to travel so much: for one thing, I always want to have new adventures and face new challenges. And I love discovering new things—food, stories, places, people, cultures … you name it! With TDA, any and everything can happen—we’re constantly exploring the globe and we introduce fresh tours every year. As you can imagine, scouting and leading tours fulfill my desire for the new to perfection.

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Miriam Gold

Rider

Washington DC to Nashville

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Miriam Gold

Rider
Washington DC to Nashville

United States

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Tomas Gold

Rider

Washington DC to Nashville

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Tomas Gold

Rider
Washington DC to Nashville

United States

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Martha Lenio

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Martha Lenio

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

Hi, my name is Martha and I'll be your assistant tour director for this adventure! I have a love of adventures, travel, living outdoors, sustainability, biking - all things that make this tour great. I'm looking forward to meeting you all, and making this experience a great one for everyone. Cheers!

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Henry Gold

Rider

Nashville to New Orleans

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Henry Gold

Rider
Nashville to New Orleans

Canada

“Seeing the impact the tours have on participants gives me great satisfaction.”

I set up TDA in 2002 with the hope of creating a truly unique bicycle adventure in Africa, where I spent a significant amount of time in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The idea was to have fun but also to advocate for cycling and donate some bikes to health care workers in Africa.

I love seeing and experiencing the world so any new place to explore gives me great pleasure. My favorite experience has to be arriving in Cape Town on the inaugural Tour d’Afrique and proving to all the skeptics and naysayers that it could be done—because we did it.

Another story that sticks out was when I wasn’t feeling well in southern Tanzania and took a room in the Baptist Conference compound in order to be close to the toilet. I took my money belt off and put it on a chair. In the morning I put on my cycling clothes but forgot the belt. That afternoon arriving in camp I realized I’d left the belt behind. When I made my way back to the Baptist centre it was gone. Since it contained a substantial amount of money I reported the loss to the local police, who decided to investigate. They got a list of the people who worked at the centre and proceeded to go from house to house, ransacking each one. I felt sick to my stomach and asked them to stop but they refused. In the end, they took me to the police station, insisting they needed to write a report.

Afterwards, I took a local express bus, which actually stopped every couple of kilometres, loading and unloading dozens of people on and off a van that had nine seats. Eventually, the bus reached its destination but I needed to hire a taxi to get to the campsite. The taxi driver and I struck a price and off we went. After a while, the driver decided he’d driven far enough for the price and wanted to drop me in the middle of nowhere in the dark. I prodded him on and he continued for a bit before wanting to stop again; we repeated this exercise several times. Right as we neared the camp, the taxi’s motor died. I pushed the car to the side of the road and paid the agreed amount, adding a generous tip, but the driver was unhappy. It turned out there’d been a misunderstanding—I’d offered him $15 but he’d understood $50. The misunderstanding grew into a heated argument and drew a small crowd. Suddenly there was a huge bang and I felt a whoosh of air as if a bullet had just missed me—a truck without lights had hit the taxi full on. I was convinced people had also been hit but although the taxi had been demolished, no one was hurt. The next morning, one of the staff asked me if I recalled what I’d said after the bang. I didn’t so he reminded me, repeating what I’d said: “What a day I’m having.”

I love my job because it lets me cycle the world and because of the endless possibility for unique experience it affords me. I also derive immense satisfaction from seeing the way tour participants are affected. For most of them, our cycling tours are life-changers.

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Peter Williams

Rider

Québec City to Washington DC

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Peter Williams

Rider
Québec City to Washington DC

Australia

Late 2015 completed most of the Bamboo Road tour (about 4,000km though China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Thailand), and had so much fun wanted to do more Feb, March 2016 completed all the 3,000km Hippie Trail tour through India I've taken a year off work, and have spent it mainly cycling Been cycling in Europe lately, but will finish my year of cycling doing part of the French Connection Should be fun

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Greg Roberts

Rider

Québec City to Washington DC

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Greg Roberts

Rider
Québec City to Washington DC

Australia

I enjoy cycling, spending time outdoors, and visiting other countries and cultures, so this has to be the perfect combination, right? In between holidays I'm a hospital-based pharmacist/researcher. Looking forward to meeting a few of the locals at the various stop-overs, having a few beers with the other cyclists, and hearing a few tall stories.

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Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

United States

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Rider

Nashville to New Orleans

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Rider
Nashville to New Orleans

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Bonny Fairweather

Rider

Québec City to Washington DC

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Bonny Fairweather

Rider
Québec City to Washington DC

Canada

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Shanny Hill

Rider

Québec City to Washington DC

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Shanny Hill

Rider
Québec City to Washington DC

Canada

Look forward to meeting everyone in Alaska. I have worked for TDA for over 10 years now and every trip is a new and challenging experience. I have been fortunate to have traveled all over the place, but North America ironically I have not explored much. It should be great fun (except maybe for the mosquitoes). Happy pedals...

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Sally Hough

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Sally Hough

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

United Kingdom

The time has come to stop reading about world cycling adventures and have a go myself. I am hugely excited and fortunate to be able to do this trip, with a tinge of conscience about abandoning my family for 6-7 weeks, to join with a diverse group of people to make a journey so far from home. Could this become a habit, perhaps even further next time? What better way than to see the world than on a bike.

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico and most of Europe except the northern areas. My "affair" with the TdA family began on the Africa trip in 2012. Completed the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016 with a great team of people and my best trip ever was the new 2017 Odyssey - Athens to Amsterdam. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, the scenery in many places so raw and rugged and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. This year I completed Pub Ride 2...a fun trip with lots of laughs and some great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. Looking forward to the Hippie Trail...the colourful saris and Indian food smells... I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world. Looking forward to indulging in a cold beer or two when it's hot, or cold but especially after a great day in the saddle. Just love the life on the road.

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Warren Millar

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Warren Millar

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Australia

Hi there, I am Warren from Australia, I am a recent convert to cycle touring, and I'm really looking forward to this amazing and challenging tour. Cheers, W

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Québec City to New Orleans

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Québec City to New Orleans

Canada

Early 60s, bike touring enthusiast, Recently retired, (Prof. Emeritus (ECE), UofA). TDA Alumni of NAE 2015 and French Connection 2016. Friend of Maureen Lanuke also from the Edmonton Bicycle Touring Club in Edmonton, Alberta. Looking forward to this interesting fun ride and to meeting all of you!

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Québec City to New Orleans

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Québec City to New Orleans

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"Freedom from the trappings of the modern world and life simplified down to the bare basics - get up and ride your bike and have fun."

OVERVIEW FRENCH CONNECTION 2016


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • FRENCH CONNECTION
  • ROUTE DES EXPOS
  • APPALACHIAN TRAIL
  • SOUTHERN COMFORT
  • QUéBEC CITY TO NEW ORLEANS
  • QUéBEC CITY TO WASHINGTON DC
  • WASHINGTON DC TO NASHVILLE
  • NASHVILLE TO NEW ORLEANS
  • AUG 13 TO OCT 2
  • AUG 13 TO AUG 31
  • SEP 2 TO SEP 17
  • SEP 19 TO OCT 2
  • USD 9900
  • USD 4250
  • USD 3800
  • USD 3300
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • FULL TOUR
    • FRENCH CONNECTION
    • QUéBEC CITY TO NEW ORLEANS
    • AUG 13 TO OCT 2
    • 9900 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 1
    • ROUTE DES EXPOS
    • QUéBEC CITY TO WASHINGTON DC
    • Aug 13 - Aug 31
    • 4250 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 2
    • APPALACHIAN TRAIL
    • WASHINGTON DC TO NASHVILLE
    • Sep 2 - Sep 17
    • 3800 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE
  • SECTION 3
    • SOUTHERN COMFORT
    • NASHVILLE TO NEW ORLEANS
    • Sep 19 - Oct 2
    • 3300 USD
    • GUARANTEED DEPARTURE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same sex at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$500 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). Full tour single supplement is US$2000. Single supplement for individual sections is available upon request. TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

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