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Riders of the Purple Sage

A ride to discover America, from coast to coast, from the beautiful to the bizarre. A one of a kind experience.

RIDERS AND STAFF

Mark Brandjord

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Mark Brandjord

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Hi, I'm Mark. I live near Seattle Washington, and I'm retired. I worked as a software developer for over 30 years, and I've been retired since 2013. I am looking forward to this ride because every day I'll get to ride down a road I've never been on before, and I'll get to experience so many new sights, sounds and tastes. And the frosting on the cake will be getting to share the day with so many other people who enjoy cycling as much as I do.

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Cheryl Yates

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Cheryl Yates

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

Hi everyone, I’m Cheryl. I live in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada.

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ian priestner

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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ian priestner

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United Kingdom

I joined the Africa 2020 tour in Nairobi and three riding days later the Tour was over due to Coronavirus. In that short time I became addicted despite not being in a tent since my 20s. I'm sort of retired with family commitments though occasionally I'm allowed out.. Hopefully see you all later this year

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Colin Duncan

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Colin Duncan

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United Kingdom

Started cycling when I retired early 15 years ago. Since then have cycled most of Europe, SE Asia and India. Really looking forward to this trip as it goes to a lot of places I have always wanted to go to on a bike.

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Pixy Elliott

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Pixy Elliott

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Completed several solo self supported bike tours in the US and Canada.

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Don Holshuh

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Don Holshuh

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

I participated in the 2018 Tour d’ Afrique as a proud certifiable non-EFI (every fucking inch) rider. I am also the president and founder of the 2018 Tour d’ Afrique Wimp Club where our motto is “ When in doubt, hotel it out” and “ We didn’t come to Africa to do our own laundry”. Looking forward to meeting a new group of riders.

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Geoff Clow

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Geoff Clow

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

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John Karwoski

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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John Karwoski

Sixty eight years old, retired. Enjoy road bicycling, camping, and hiking. Orient Express 2019 was my first ever bicycle excursion longer than two days. Enjoyed it immensely. Looking forward to the challenges and comradery of another tour.

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Henry Gold

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Henry Gold

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

Founder, TDA Global Cycling

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Wayne Grover

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Wayne Grover

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

Bike touring enthusiast, in 60s. Retired, (Prof. Emeritus (ECE), U. Alberta). TDA Alumni of NAE 2015, French Connection 2016, Oh Canada 2017, and Orient Express 2019. Looking forward to riding in the warmth of Southern USA and getting to know everyone on the tour.

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Katherine Slotnick

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

I am a retired public health nurse living in Juneau, Alaska.

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Stephen (Neil) Slotnick

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

I'm a 64-year-old resident of Juneau, Alaska. Mostly retired from state service. If I'm not traveling, I like to cross-country ski in winter, and bicycle or hike in summer, with my wife, Kate. We have three daughters and five grandchildren.

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Susan Rankin

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Susan Rankin

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Love cycling. Totally over pandemic isolation. Let's do this!

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Brad Gray

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Brad Gray

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

My name is Brad Gray. I live in West Vancouver BC, Canada. I recently had the pleasure of completing the 2019 Tour d'Afrique. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the experience. I'm getting tired of life in a Covid world and hope that I can emerge from the past year, get back on the bike and attempt a new challenge. Brad

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Tom Perlmutter

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

I'm still relatively new to cycling having taken it up three years ago after many years of long-distance running. After a short trek in 2018, I signed up for a much more daunting one, my second only, TDA's Tour d'Afrique. It was exhilarating and somewhat addictive. I'm including a link to my Tour d'Afrique blog. After more than a year of confinement I am longing to be out on the road again.

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Mayumi Stroy

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Mayumi Stroy

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

53 year old who enjoys bicycle touring, traveling, hiking, and downhill and xc skiing. Lives in Soda Springs, CA. Second trip with TDA (2020 Tour d’Afrique). Down time activities includes cooking, eating, listening to music, and reading. Looking forward to making new friends on the tour and discovering new places.

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Erika Lindquist

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Erika Lindquist

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Retired biology scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Bill Wilson

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

This will be my 10th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden all or part of the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique, the Trans Oceania, the Odyssey, and the North American Epic . I retired five years ago, after more than 35 years prosecuting criminal cases for the Ontario government, and spend the bulk of my time cycling, golfing, reading and traveling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Rita Tellerman

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Rita Tellerman

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

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Dianna Hand

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Dianna Hand

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

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Richard Morneau

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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Richard Morneau

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Canada

I am looking forward to this great trip which should provide various beautiful landscapes coast to coast.

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Annegrete Warrer

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Denmark

India 2011, Rome 2012, South Asia 2013, Indonesia+Australia 2014, South America 2015, Madagascar 2017 - now it's finally time for Africa although only Marocco, Mauritania and Senegal. Looking forward to test my present abilities surviving another expedition - hope for a little help from my friends of whom there seem to be quite some on this very challenging tour. Looking forward to meet you guys again.. After having managed first part of West Africa I now fell ready for the southern part of East Africa! For the people I still have not met: Danish, living in St. Anton, Austria, 65 years of age.. More of a skier than a cyclist..

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Hanne Renland

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Hanne Renland

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

Norway

I discovered this fascinating lifestyle in 2017 as a section rider on Tour d'Afrique Egypt-Rwanda. My fascination of this way of riding/living made me cycle through Norway in 2017 and 2019 and through Tanzania November 2017. In 2018 I did West-Africa, an extraordinary fascinating tour. I live in a small town in the nothern part of Norway, where I work as a psychologist. Beside my work I am running an aid project in the south-west of Tanzania.

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Fred Stanton

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Fred Stanton

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Of interest might be: I bicycled to every place I ever worked, not every day but every place. I live near Chicago so winters can be challenging. My Facebook page has very brief summaries and maps of my prior international bicycle trips.

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Daniel Frye

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Daniel Frye

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Hello, I'm a retired oceanographer and I've taken up cycle touring as a replacement for running and backpacking, which I'm no longer able to do. My wife and I have done several previous trips with TDA (Orient Express, TransOceania 2014, the South American Epic, and Tour d'Afrique, among others) and we're looking forward to another interesting and challenging experience this year in Australia and New Zealand. Looking forward to meeting all the riders and seeing old friends.

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Shirley Frye

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

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Shirley Frye

Rider
Santa Monica to Savannah

United States

Have enjoyed many TDA trips and hope to do many many more. So excited to have a tour we can do in 2021. After missing touring in 2020 after many years of TDA tours I am so excited to be doing one again! Have plenty on the list for the future including NA Epic and Bamboo Road

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Mark Brandjord

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Santa Monica to Savannah

Cheryl Yates

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

ian priestner

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Santa Monica to Savannah

Colin Duncan

Rider

Santa Monica to Savannah

 

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Santa Monica to Savannah

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"Each day brought new experiences and for me, new challenges... There was always lots of encouragement and positive words offered by every rider and always lots of smiles at the end of every day. All staff contributed greatly to the overall success of the tour."

"Riding the tour teaches you to go beyond what you think your own personal limits are and realizing that you can accomplish it."

"Discover the most beautiful and bizarre parts of America from the Mojave Desert to UFO territory to Cajun country on an e-bike friendly tour. TDA Global Cycling's Great American Road Trip can be done on any style of bike, in full, or broken down to a 10-day trip to explore one region."

OVERVIEW TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP 2021


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • SECTION 4
  • SECTION 5
  • TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP
  • RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
  • TRUTH, CONSEQUENCES & UFOS
  • LONE STAR STATE
  • CAJUN COUNTRY
  • GULF COAST & DEEP SOUTH
  • SANTA MONICA TO SAVANNAH
  • SANTA MONICA TO FLAGSTAFF
  • FLAGSTAFF TO ROSWELL
  • ROSWELL TO AUSTIN
  • AUSTIN TO NEW ORLEANS
  • NEW ORLEANS TO SAVANNAH
  • SEP 19 TO NOV 18
  • SEP 19 TO SEP 28
  • OCT 1 TO OCT 11
  • OCT 13 TO OCT 24
  • OCT 26 TO NOV 6
  • NOV 8 TO NOV 18
  • USD 13900
  • USD 3200
  • USD 3500
  • USD 3700
  • USD 3700
  • USD 3500
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • TDA'S GREAT AMERICAN ROADTRIP
    • SANTA MONICA TO SAVANNAH
    • SEP 19 TO NOV 18
    • 13900 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE
    • SANTA MONICA TO FLAGSTAFF
    • Sep 19 - Sep 28
    • 3200 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • TRUTH, CONSEQUENCES & UFOS
    • FLAGSTAFF TO ROSWELL
    • Oct 1 - Oct 11
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • LONE STAR STATE
    • ROSWELL TO AUSTIN
    • Oct 13 - Oct 24
    • 3700 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 4
    • CAJUN COUNTRY
    • AUSTIN TO NEW ORLEANS
    • Oct 26 - Nov 6
    • 3700 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 5
    • GULF COAST & DEEP SOUTH
    • NEW ORLEANS TO SAVANNAH
    • Nov 8 - Nov 18
    • 3500 USD
    • LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE

Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. Prices based on double occupancy at majority of the hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. Accommodation the night before first cycling day and the night of last cycling day are included in entry fee. We advise booking at least 1 additional night at tour accommodation before the tour, to be able to attend rider briefing and have assistance from tour bike mechanic in setting up your bike.

Full entry fee payment is due 90 days before the tour start date. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour and is in addition to the entry fee listed above. Registration fee is non-refundable, but may be transferred once, to another tour of your choosing, 90 days or more before the start date of the original tour you have registered for. We recommend registering 4 - 6 months before the tour start date to take full advantage of our pre-tour support and information bulletins, but late registrations are possible when spaces are still available.

Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$500 if full payment is received by April 19. 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). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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