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Hippie Trail 2025

Hippie Trail 2025

Hippie Trail 2025

Follow in the footsteps of the flower children and cycle into the physical and spiritual kaleidoscope that is India

RIDERS AND STAFF

Robert Fletcher

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Robert Fletcher

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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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Caroline Derouet

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Caroline Derouet

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Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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David Kahn

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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David Kahn

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Agra to Kanyakumari

United States

I'm a retired sporting good retailer and have lived in Lake Tahoe most of my life. Married with no children. 59 years old. Passions include athletics, cooking, community service.

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Aloysius Carlay

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Aloysius Carlay

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

United States

This is my fourth TDA tour - did North America, South America, and India. Looking forward to this part of the world and reuniting with some old friends from previous tours. I currently ride with a full carbon moutain bike setup w/ 29 inch wheels and 2.35/2.2 sized tires and a 1x11 setup. It worked really well in South America where there was a good combination of pavement and dirt/gravel roads. Expecting something similar with the Bamboo tour.

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Michiel Holtackers

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Agra to Mumbai

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Michiel Holtackers

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Agra to Mumbai

Netherlands

I am Michiel Holtackers, almost 57 years old, single. I am living in The Netherlands. I really like cycling. Every year I make some (short) tours or daytrips in the Netherlands or Germany but this journey will be my first big tour! I decided to subscribe for the tour for many reasons. Firstly I am in general interested to meet other cultures and people. I do agree with Tour d'Afrique that cycling is the best way to explore the world. Secondly I have for the first time in my life a bit more time to undertakes this kind of activities. Thirdly, the tour and the organisation are very appealing. I give in to this appeal to challenge myself. Looking forward to seeing and meeting co-riders from all over the world!

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Monique Laflamme

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Monique Laflamme

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Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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george browes

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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george browes

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Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

A veteran rider ,eager to discover and learn about countries and cultures I have not previously experienced. Grateful to all at TDA for providing the adventure and opportunity.

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Simon Lanyon

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Agra to Udaipur

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Simon Lanyon

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Agra to Udaipur

Australia

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Janice Lanyon

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Agra to Udaipur

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Janice Lanyon

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Agra to Udaipur

Australia

Cycling tours are such a great way to travel and to meet and make friends. I am looking forward to the challenge of riding with TDA again.

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Birgit Ackroyd

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Birgit Ackroyd

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

Sweden

I am Swedish living in the UK, retired PE teacher, who also worked in IT. I have many years of cycling experience - from cycling to school as a child to long tours, sometimes carrying my own luggage. I have been to India five times already and love the people, culture and scenary. I have done lots of mountain biking, including Polaris races, (bike orienteering camping in the wild.) Sponsored cycle ride in Rajastahn Caen to Cannes, north to south of France Bordeaux to Monpellier, east to west France Vietnam northern hills next to China (v tough), Cuba, Sweden, delivering my daughters mountain bike from UK to Brussels I love cycling and hardly a day goes by without me jumping on one of my 3 bikes. I have been to most places we pass but connected by train, look forward to connect by bike, come back to India and to meeting the group.

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volker ecke

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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volker ecke

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Germany

76 years young, not bald as yet. Married to Heidi, a girl from the Rhineland, two children, daughter Petra, son Axel. 6 grandchildren, all of them normal but great. Born and bred in Germany, ja, ja, look like it, think like it, when I do. Work took me around Europe, New Zealand/Australia, Central Asia. We all live in Aussieland now. I am a mad cyclist, fascinated by it since age four, riding roadbike, 2 MTB, dual suspension and hardtail plus a comfy touring bike for when I am getting older. At present I am still keen to see, what's round the next corner. Been to 35 or so countries (not all on the bike) did the tour d"afrique this year and still can't get enough of it. The world is a wonderful place, see you out there.

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Joseph Lee

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Joseph Lee

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Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

I love to travel, and bicycle touring is my preferred way to see the world. This will be my first tour since Covid cancelled many plans. I’ve enjoyed 4 full TDA tours: Indian Adventure, Ruta Maya, Pub Ride, West Africa en Vélo. I’m excited to see Korea and more of Japan than Tokyo. I have travelled lots, but my list of places to visit never gets any shorter. I became a teacher, mainly because of the holidays, and I am now semi-retired, doing occasional teaching in between travels. Looking forward to renewing old friendships and making new ones. Now I need to get cycling again!

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Marta Kirsis

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Marta Kirsis

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

United States

I am a native New Yorker who is a bit of an adventure seeker and likes to ride her bike. When I am not riding my bike or hiking with my dog, I spend my time focusing on social movements around sustainability and health.

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Clive Carnighan

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Agra to Mumbai

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Clive Carnighan

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

United Kingdom

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Lea Degen

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Lea Degen

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Switzerland

I am a crazy 58 year old lady from wonderful Switzerland. I do a lot of sports and I love to travel. Normally you will find me in the gorgeous Swiss Alps trailrunning, cross country skiing, hiking or cycling up the passes. Now one of my biggest dream comes true: My husband joins me on this bike trip. I have cycled already in the alps, the dolomites and the pyrenees. In 2010 I was on a Biketour in Southamerica and cycled up and down "The Andes". In 2014 I joined TDA for „The Hippie Trail“ in magical India and 2019 „The Bamboo Road“ in Asia.

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Jessica Wolf

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Agra to Mumbai

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Jessica Wolf

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

United States

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depi chaudhry

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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depi chaudhry

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Agra to Kanyakumari

India

Depi Chaudhry, the author of Collins’ Trekking Guide to the Western Himalayas, who also runs an adventure travel firms called Thikanas on cycles and Jannat Himalaya Trail, reminisces about his boyhood exile with a brooding matter-of-fact manner. He was admitted for a BTech in industrial production at the Bapuji Institute of Engineering and Technology, Davangere, Karnataka. Chaudhry says he ran away from the college four times in the first year, just to impress upon his parents that he desperately wanted to be away from the town, and engineering. But that didn’t happen, and he figured out the quickest way to leave Davangere was to get his degree. “In capitation colleges, not all students graduate in four years. But I was so desperate to get out from that town that I studied hard and even topped the University in industrial production in 1990,” he says. The years were not entirely wasted. Chaudhry says he started motorbiking around the countryside during his stay at Davangere. He used to trek with other schoolboys even in Sanawar; but it was in Davangere that he got interested in adventure tourism. It eventually became his passion, and his career. In January 1991, Chaudhry started working with Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. He later did a diploma in business finance from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), Hyderabad, and an MBA from IBS, Hyderabad, and joined the Aditya Birla Group. It took him nearly 11 years to quit the corporate world and set up Real Adventures, in 2002. The company initially focused on trekking. “I decided to convert my hobby (trekking) into a full-time profession,” he says. “I didn’t want to go to my grave thinking I did not do what I like doing best.” Now, Chaudhry is also working to develop Ashraya, a three-cottage eco-home 38km from Rishikesh. His training as an engineer is coming in handy. He initially tried using solar energy, but it proved too expensive. So he is developing a turbine which, he says, will harness power from natural springs and use it to generate electricity. Chaudhry has completed first-of-its-kind Jannat Himalayan Trail—the highest possible trek across the Himalayas from Kashmir to Nepal. Depi’s collection of trek is amazing from the most remote treks to the popular ones. He has even done the Warwan Valley trek where no trekker has gone for the last 15 years. Some of the treks done by Depi do not even show up on Google, that’s his knowledge of the mountains. Tech savvy treks with multiple GPS’s and makes his own maps, elevation profiles and all the creative’s required to make the most detailed guides. He has even started making coffee table books on his recent adventures. He is a very keen cyclist and has cycled in various corners of India and can manage his way through many of the Indian languages. If not that he is well connected across the country to manage his way.

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Shaik Baba

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Shaik Baba

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Andreas Pakenham

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Andreas Pakenham

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

As a tour leader, I love the daily challenges, and ever changing worlds we are all so lucky to travel through. Getting a diverse group of cyclists, with different backgrounds, and goals across a continent is a rare thrill that makes life at home feel a bit pedestrian! The best feeling on tour is making a tough day go smoothly, and to surprise the riders with something unexpected or memorable along the way.

I live on the west coast of Canada, in Victoria, a quiet town which can seem like an extreme contrast to many of the places I tour with TDA. In the past I have done a number of solo cycling trips, as well as exploring by motorcycles when time was more limited. Over the years of travelling though, I've realized how much I enjoy the camaraderie of travelling with a group to share experiences and make memories with. My future goals for personal travel at the moment are a bit different, and are based around the sea. In the next couple years I want to go by boat to the extreme north of Canada, in the hopes of exploring places impossible to reach in any other manner.

It's hard to nail down a single memorable experience from all my trips with TDA, but I most often think back to the experiences of Central Asia, and discovering the beauty of the Pamir Mountains for the first time. At one particular high altitude camp in Tajikistan, I remember taking a hike with a group of riders up a steep 5000m peak adjacent to the camp. As we neared the top, we found ourselves unable to safely make it past 5000m due to a loose rock scramble for the last 20 meters. Disappointed, we turned around and witnessed a flock of Marco Polo Sheep running along the ridge just below us, making time before the sun set.

If I were to make a single suggestion to a future TDA rider, it would be to slow down, and keep a camera close at hand. The best stories at the end of the trip are not normally those of the speediest cyclist.

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Mike Carter

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Agra to Mumbai

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Mike Carter

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

Canada

Currently living in Victoria, BC, Earth. This is my Fourth trip with TDA and my second time cycling in Africa. I'm looking forward to meeting you all on the trip! Cheers, Mike

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Rene Ritsema

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Rene Ritsema

Rider
Mumbai to Kanyakumari

Netherlands

After a first great India trip with TDA now looking forward to explore New Zealand.

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Udaipur to Kanyakumari

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Udaipur to Kanyakumari

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Andy Morritt

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

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Andy Morritt

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

United Kingdom

Like Bikes, Like Exotic Food, Hate Northern Hemisphere Winters, Like New People. India here I come...

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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Shanny Hill

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Agra to Mumbai

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Shanny Hill

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

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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Robert Fletcher

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

Caroline Derouet

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

David Kahn

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

Aloysius Carlay

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

Michiel Holtackers

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

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Nicholas Cherniwchan

Rider

Mumbai to Goa

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Nicholas Cherniwchan

Rider
Mumbai to Goa

Canada

Oil and gas engineer who enjoys hiking and travelling. Jennie and I cycled in Rwanda in 2013 and loved the experience. Looking very forward to India!

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Richard Force

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Richard Force

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am 56 years old,been married for 32 years and have two children aged 24 and 28 years old.My wife and I live in Cornwall UK in an old farmhouse on a small holding. I have had a varied career, consisting of mining in South Africa,teaching,property renovation and lorry driving. The previously most adventurous time I have had was working as a tour leader/driver travelling across Africa for 5 months,London to Nairobi,in a truck with 25 passengers. I enjoy keeping fit and am interested in history and world development.

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Denise Silk

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Denise Silk

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Australia

Hi All, I am Denise. I am currently taking a sabbatical and enjoying some travelling and cycling.

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Erwin Attenberger

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Erwin Attenberger

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Germany

Hi, I´m Erwin, already 69, retired. My first long tour was TDA 2014, where I went from Khartoum to Nairobi and on my own through Uganda, back to Kenia and from there down to Southafrica, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique. Meantime I´ve been on several TDA-Tours including South America, Silk Route and Trans-Himalaya. Looking forward to meet you on the next tour with TDA.

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Mitch Kamiel

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Mitch Kamiel

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

62 years old 4 children 2 grandchildren married to a great woman cycled Tour du Canada in 2007 cycled Vancouver to Inuvik in 2010 many one and 2 week trips in Europe and US. 5 days of cycling in Viet Nam and Cambodia Age group road racer in Ontario Cycle with sight impaired riders on tandems

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Sunita Singh

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Sunita Singh

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Canada

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Philippe Pepin

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Philippe Pepin

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Travelling has always been a part of who I am. My recent trips include touring 9 country's in Africa some touring of Europe and a trip to UAE. Cycling is a new passion of mine and I've been talking about going to India for over 2 years now and I hadn't quite figured out when and how... I'm so glad to have come across TDA when I did and that I now have this trip booked. Looking forward in meeting new great people this winter travelling through India. Philippe

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Hubert Schanne

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Delhi to Goa

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Hubert Schanne

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

After having been bitten by the TDA bug in India in 2016, followed by Aus/NZ in 2018 and the crazy Ruta Maya in 2023, I am back for more and look forward to meeting old friends and new on the bumpy roads in ??.

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Michiel van Wijk

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Michiel van Wijk

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Delhi to Goa

Netherlands

Love the mountains and absence of smooth asphalt, the team spirit on the way and a well deserved hot shower afterwards.

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Ruut van Wijk

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Ruut van Wijk

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Netherlands

Ruut van Wijk, married with Mien, 3 children , 6 grandchildren. Hobbies Trekking in the mountens all over the world with Mien and cycling without Mien. With TDA: TDA 2005, Silk Road 2007 and Doomsdayride 2012. We Michiel (son) and I, accompanied bij Mien ern Hanneke (daughter) see you in January in Delhi.

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Alison Caiger-Watson

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Delhi to Udaipur

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Alison Caiger-Watson

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Canada

When one of my best friends of more than 20 years (Sunita) asked me if I wanted to do this trip I thought.....YES! Can't wait for the fun, laughter and adventures that await us on this amazing journey. I'm looking forward to meeting you all very soon!

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Bryan Lorber

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Bryan Lorber

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am a retired Registered Nurse who is passionate about bicycles for transportation and travel. This will be my third TDA tour. I cycled the Hippie Trail in 2016 and HongKong to Bangkok in 2017. I soloed across the U.S. in 2014 and have completed a number of other interesting bicycle adventures at home and abroad. I'm looking forward to making new friends and experiencing diverse cultures. I especially enjoy taking photographs and journaling. I have a page on crazyguyonabike.com

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Haylee Clark

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Haylee Clark

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Australia

Hi, I'm a keen adventurer who hasn't taken on hard core adventures! I love being outside whether it be on a bike, on a yacht, in my 4wd, in the garden or camping in the beautiful Australian bush. I have chosen a career working with people and currently work as a senior social worker in mental health. I've worked with children, youth and families all my career and have a strong belief that if I can help one young person to have hope for their future and to believe in themselves then maybe I've made a difference. I'm looking forward to the ride and exploring more of our world. Haylee

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Anthony Collier

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Delhi to Goa

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Anthony Collier

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Australia

I have been cycling with friends most of my adult life with a particular passion in cycling on a tandem with my blind friend. I have 2 adult sons and 3 adult step sons. Professionally, I work in mental health services, which is bit of a calling for me.

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Yvonne Waalewijn

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Delhi to Goa

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Yvonne Waalewijn

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Netherlands

Nationality: Dutch Gender: Female Occupation: retired/dive instructor Passions:diving, biking, travelling the world and looking forward to another adventure

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Maureen Collins

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Maureen Collins

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I'm from Ireland; moved to Zambia in my twenties and then to South Africa. Love the country, the bush, photography. I've ridden bicycles and horses since I was a kid. I had my own consulting practice in Johannesburg for 20 years but segued into retirement when I met Andy Brookstein in the middle of 2014. Andy did the Cairo to Cape ride in 2015 and I joined him for one of the sections. Now married, and retired, we rode from New Delhi to Mumbai on the Hippie Trail in 2016. I've registered for the Odyssey in 2017

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Merrill F

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Merrill F

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Delhi to Goa

United States

I retired in 2008 and recently turned 70. I love the outdoors and am always looking for a new adventure. One of my sons introduced me to cycling in 2013 and I found it fun and fulfilling. In 2014 my son and I cycled across SE Asia from Bangkok to Saigon. My first TDA tour in 2016 was the Hippie Trail in India and I then went on to complete an unsupported tour of the U.S. West Coast as well as a U.S. transcontinental west to east. I live in Northern California, have been married for over 30 years, and have 2 sons in their early 30's. Travel by bicycle is a great way to meet the people of a country and experience the food, music and culture. I look forward to new adventures with TDA.

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James Bowen

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Delhi to Goa

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James Bowen

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am a plump 64 year old recently retired barrister who should know better

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Bill Wilson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

This will be my 12th 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, the North American Epic, the South American Epic and the Great American Roadtrip . I retired eight 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 travelling. I am looking forward to getting together with some old friends and making some new ones.

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Jonathan Atkins

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Delhi to Udaipur

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Jonathan Atkins

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Canada

I am engineer from Toronto-always keen to travel and be active. Skiing, sailing and cycling & golf in no particular order would be top of the list. I loved the Hippe trail trip a few years ago and I'm looking forward to my next trip in 2023

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David Paterson

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Delhi to Goa

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David Paterson

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Delhi to Goa

Canada

I am 69, retired, and live in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. Canada. Really only cycle to travel. Went on tda trips in Africa and India and the Himalayas.

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Lisa Merighi

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Delhi to Goa

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Lisa Merighi

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Italy

I'm one of your tour leaders! Happily leading bike tours around the world since 2011! Looking forward to this great adventure and to meeting all of you...

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Annabel Allcorn

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Delhi to Goa

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Annabel Allcorn

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Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

Hi! I'm Annabel! I'm from the Uk and will be the Tour Medic for the Hippie Trail 2016. I'm a nurse with a background in emergency medicine and a love of all things tropical and infectious! This has led me to some great jobs both in the Uk and abroad! I'm excited to meet the rest of the team on the Tour and take on a new Challenge!

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Andy Brookstein

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Delhi to Goa

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Andy Brookstein

Rider
Delhi to Goa

South Africa

Hello all, my age is 65 and I am presently a retired ex civil construction contractor. Schooled in Durban 1967 Married to Maureen (ex TDA 2015). Three children Peter, David and Lara from a previous marrage. No great sporting achievements other than great enthusiasm in rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis, squash, cross country, road running, walking and lastly cycling. I completed TDA 2015 and feel the need to revisit the tour. It was great.

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Brian Rodgers

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Delhi to Goa

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Brian Rodgers

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I'm more of a general adventurer than a hard core bicycle enthusiast even though I've ridden TDA's Tour d'Afrique, Orient Express, Silk Route, Hippie Trail and half of the Trans-Europa from Tallinn to Venice. It's been life changing. Thanks Henry and staff!

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Albert Marino

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Delhi to Goa

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Albert Marino

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am an adventurer, runner, excited to participate in my first bike tour. My profession is teacher but my passion is travel. I love to take in new cultures: customs, food, language, etc. and am excited to spend 6 weeks in India, traveling by bike! My sense of humor is quite dry, but you'll enjoy it (after a while). Looking forward to meeting my fellow travelers and sharing this amazing experience.

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Jeffrey Lizotte

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Delhi to Goa

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Jeffrey Lizotte

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Delhi to Goa

United States

A veteran of TDA. A great company. Love touring. Retired. Always have a great deal of fun on these trips.

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Peter Williams

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Delhi to Goa

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Peter Williams

Rider
Delhi to Goa

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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Emily Hillstrom

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Delhi to Goa

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Emily Hillstrom

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

An active, adventurous 30-something year old who might be crazy for deciding to do her 2nd TDA Tour after the Hippie Trail in 2016. Looking forward to Morocco, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. See you soon!

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Jean Vedova

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Delhi to Goa

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Jean Vedova

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

What keeps me active is being a hands-on owner of the Kettle Creek Inn in southern Ontario. What keeps me relatively young are kayaking, cross country & down hill skiing & biking. What keeps me challenged is joining Henry & TDA - Africa, Silk Route, Ruta Maya & now India. Not to be forgotten are those other countries seen from the seat of my bike- New Zealand, Ethiopia, Cuba & many parts of Canada. You might say I am a very lucky person. Looking forward to seeing old friends & making new ones.

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

United States

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Cristiano Werneck

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Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Udaipur to Goa

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Udaipur to Goa

Canada

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Daniel pilliard

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Delhi to Goa

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Daniel pilliard

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Delhi to Goa

United States

Midwest deplorable

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Dianne Lizotte

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Dianne Lizotte

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

This seems to be an exciting adventure through places I have not ridden before. Been on many TDA adventures and they are always memorable.

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Jennifer Cherniwchan

Rider

Mumbai to Goa

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Jennifer Cherniwchan

Rider
Mumbai to Goa

Canada

I am a 32-year-old vegan (7 years going), who is in love with back-country camping, hiking, travelling, and advocating for the rights of animals! I can't wait to see the sights of India in 2016!

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Ronnie Mandowsky

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Canada

It was great riding with TDA on the Hippie Trail and after touring Japan (without a bike) in 2017 I knew I wanted to come back and see this unique country and Korea the right way. Looking forward to a very special experience.

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Nicholas Cherniwchan

Rider

Mumbai to Goa

Richard Force

Rider

Delhi to Goa

Denise Silk

Rider

Delhi to Goa

Erwin Attenberger

Rider

Delhi to Goa

Mitch Kamiel

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Mumbai to Goa

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Mumbai to Goa

Canada

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Fritz Gut

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Fritz Gut

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Hi My name is Fritz and I am married with Marlies. Our hobbies are sking, hicking and cycling. We just returned from a longer cycling trip, 1 1/2 year around the world. We traveled with bike, ship and plane. The photo shows the finish of the 4 river cycle trail in South Corea from Busan to Seoul in June 2016. Our next advanture will be the hippie trail. See you in Delhi Fritz and Marlies

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

Switzerland

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Cindy Pittman

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Cindy Pittman

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I'm from Calgary, Alberta and love riding my bike! I've been a *bit* obsessed with TDA since 2011 when an acquaintance completed tour d'Afrique - one day I will to. I loved the Hippie Trail trip that I completed with TDA in 2017! I look forward to meeting everyone and getting on the road!

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Dennis Wilson

Rider

Delhi to Mumbai

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Dennis Wilson

Rider
Delhi to Mumbai

United Kingdom

I am 68 years old , retired , living in Derbyshire England and I am looking for my next adventure .

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Udaipur to Goa

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Udaipur to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

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John Sweet

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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John Sweet

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I'm 74 years old, semiretired, working as a trustee for a small family foundation. I have never done anything this extensive or exotic, but figure if I ever am going to do something like this, I'd better get on with it. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone and having quite an adventure.

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Morris Scott

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Morris Scott

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am a 60 year old guy looking to get out of my comfort zone and connect with like minded people.

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Cristiano Werneck

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Louise Sims

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Louise Sims

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I'm not a fast rider by any stretch, but I love to travel this way!

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Richard Russek

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Richard Russek

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I enjoy the slower pace of cycling that allows one to explore a country. And the opportunity to try new food. And the history. But not the sore bum.

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Rick Abbott

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rick Abbott

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Jean & I are both ER Docs, retired. Our typical vacation for the past 40 years has been some sort of adventure travel, often cycling (Canada - BC, Alberta, Newfoundland; USA - transcontinental as well as less ambitious all over the US; UK end-to-end; Morocco; Vietnam - Saigon to Hanoi; Tasmania - working and cycling). We've done a bit of hiking and trekking - Kilimanjaro, Nepal. Sea Kayaking: BC - Vancouver Island, Nefoundland, Baja California Sur, Wales. And, some skiing in the backcountry both close to home in the western US, as well as in the Canadian Selkirks. I think once or twice we might have gone somewhere to just hang out on a beach, and I visited a city once a long time ago, but it's hard to remember.

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Mumbai to Goa

Fritz Gut

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Delhi to Goa

 

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Delhi to Goa

Cindy Pittman

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Delhi to Goa

Dennis Wilson

Rider

Delhi to Mumbai

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader
Delhi to Goa

Brazil

“Good afternoon, my dear dream merchants."—TDA rider arriving at the office in Toronto for a visit.

I started with TDA as a local cyclist in Brazil during the Vuelta Sudamericana in 2009. I had just finished a long solo cycling trip through South America and I was invited to join the first couple of sections of the tour to help with the language. Once I was back home I started volunteering for the company, doing everything I could to spread the word about TDA. Eventually they decided that it was only fair to hire me.

It’s really hard to choose a place or a tour that was special, but both scouting and leading our first Trans-Oceania tour was certainly out of the ordinary. I had ten weeks to scout the whole thing from Medan to Sydney and spent nine of them trying to wrap Indonesia.

I recall a particular day in Indonesia that the riders later named "The Wall". Henry and I had been discussing avoiding a stretch of highway we weren’t happy with. We’d seen an alternative on the map but the road was privately owned by industry and we were having trouble getting the getting the permits we needed to use it. When we arrived, we saw local people using the road, which was a trail, so we decided to have lunch there to give me time to scope it out. A local guy on a motorbike took me up the steep trail to check it, flag it, and take notes and waypoints. At some stage, the trail got so steep that the motorbike couldn’t get both of us up, so I walked the rest of the way before calling staff at the lunch spot to tell them the route worked and to give them directions. It was a bit improvised and out of the ordinary but it was functional.

Because I knew what this steep route would put the riders through, I decided to wait and touch base with the first to complete it to see what they had to say about the experience. The first couple of cyclists showed up with big smiles on their faces and said they’d loved it but that they didn't think I should wait for everyone because there was sure to be some aggravated rider who would probably punch me. I decided to stay and wait for that punch, and while a few people did arrive looking ready to smack me, the angriest of them all actually just gave me a big hug. After a good shower and some good food everyone was in fine spirits; in the end, this day turned out to be a rider favourite of the whole trip.

Working with TDA is really the perfect job. Not only do I love both travel and bicycles, I also love watching people achieve things of which they never imagined themselves capable. Finally, this job allows me to share these loves with a wonderfully diverse group of people.

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Nirmika A

Communications

Udaipur to Goa

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Nirmika A

Communications
Udaipur to Goa

India

Haven't realized how time has passed since I became a part of the TDA fam. 6 years later and few trips down, still have lots to explore. Glad to be a part of JTTE - and eager to meet all you fantastic people!

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications

Delhi to Goa

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications
Delhi to Goa

Hungary

Hi there, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary.  I graduated in Visual Communications, since then I am dealing with photography, film and all sorts of graphic design projects. After more than a decade of annual and occasional bike touring with my family and friends in the late 80's and 90's, a couple of seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite a few years of "just" sitting in an office, in 2005 I bounced into a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique.  It made me wonder: how such distance is even doable on a bicycle?  Fast forward to the following January: I found myself in Cairo, at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA!  I successfully completed the full tour as the first (and only) Hungarian in the TDA's history. What a great adventure it was! Next year, in 2007 I crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding with a friend from Lhasa to Kathmandu.  On this trip we had a great off-road ride up to the "North Base Camp" of Mount Everest in Tibet, China at 5,150 metres (16,900 ft) above sea level. This is where this profile photograph was taken. In 2010 we circumnavigated the island of Cuba with Eszter. Self-supported, with the help of an outdated, but then only available paper map. Since then I did the Amber Route, a couple of Orient Express tours, Trans Europas, Odysseys and the PubRides. In the summer of 2020 we completed a long distance all self-supported bicycle tour with the kids (then aged 1 and 6) with tents, a tandem and trailers.

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic

Delhi to Goa

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic
Delhi to Goa

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Bethan Jones

Medic

Delhi to Goa

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Bethan Jones

Medic
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am a doctor working in London, and am currently taking a few months out of work for travel, adventure and to indulge my passion for wilderness and expedition medicine. So far I have cycled the Camino de Santiago in Spain and through the Bulgarian Rhodope Mountains to Greece, as well as hiking the Cinque Terra in Italy and trekking to Annapurna base camp in the Himalayas. I have acted as a medic at marathons in the UK and Nepal and worked in the challenging environment of the Calais refugee camps. Outside of all this I enjoy yoga, running, cooking and creating ethical handicrafts. I can’t wait for a new adventure in India!

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maggie williamson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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maggie williamson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

next TDA trip, exploring Morocco! looking forward to the sights sounds smells and food of Morocco. Travelling through and spending time in a desert will be a new experience… always good to experience something new.

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

United States

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Tres Smith

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Tres Smith

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I am an RN, CRRN, doing rehab nursing for 31 years. I have officiated wheelchair rugby at every level including Paralympic and am a USQRA Hall of Fame member since 2002. I have been an avid outdoorsman, backpacker, kayaker snorkeler and cyclist. I have done many week long bike tours including Fairbanks to Anchorage. I completed C2C 2016 southern tier from San Diego to St. Augustine a little over 2900 miles. I have traveled extensively and will continue to travel. I am married for 30 years to the love of my life and that was how I was able to plan and attend the India trip in 2019.

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Wendy Holmes

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Wendy Holmes

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I was a legal assistant before I retired in 2013 and since then biking has become the main focus of my thoughts. In 2014 Dave (my husband) and I did our first supported bike tour with Adventure Cycling, riding south through Northern California. In 2015 we began self-supported biking, our first tour starting in Manchester, England and ending 16 weeks later in Paris. In 2016 we spent 5 months touring in Australia and New Zealand, and in 2018 we returned to New Zealand for another 3 months. I’ve always wanted to go to India but the logistics of figuring out where to go and what to see are more than I want to tackle. Our friends, Rae and Ursula Simpson, have done several TdA tours and highly recommend the organization and they will also be on this Hippie Trail tour.

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Dave Morriss

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Dave Morriss

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Go by my second christian name "Dave' Born in 1950 in North Wales and have lived in BC, Canada since 1998. Married to Wendy Holmes also with TDA. Pretty keen on the outdoors, I am a keen rock climber, whitewater kayaker, skier and of course cyclist, both road and mountain. The last few years have seen Wendy and I complete self supported tours of Europe, Australia and twice to New Zealand. Off the bike I also play a number musical instruments, notably the guitar.

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Ben Brown

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Ben Brown

Rider
Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

Tall Dark Handsome and full of BS. Let's hope the Beer is colder in Morrocco than it was in India. Very much looking forward to do another trip the Indian one was so good. Bring it on .

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Vinnie Duncan

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Vinnie Duncan

Rider
Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

A keen cyclist, adventurer and outdoors lover from Wellington NZ, this is my second TDA tour (Hippie Trail 2019) . I am looking forward to connecting with a group of like minded cycle and adventure enthusiasts again.

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Evelyn Holland

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Evelyn Holland

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Starting to lose track of how many TDA trips we've done! I think this will be #8. Really looking forward to riding in the British Isles as we have wanted to go there for awhile now.

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Greg Forst

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Greg Forst

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Have been a cyclist since '92 doing a variety of things including commuting to work, week long rides, after work group rides and more recently longer duration rides including one across the Arctic Circle in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon of Canada. I enjoyed the challenges and scenery of the Outback and the terrain of New Zealand on the 2016 Trans Oceania tour. Rode the Bamboo trail and enjoyed it immensely. Had an overall good time on the Hippie Trail. The food was great and the whole experience was incredible.

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Gennesse Beadman

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Australia

Have been bike touring since about 2007 through Tasmania, New Zealand, Thailand, Israel, Africa, Costa Rica, parts of Mexico, India and Sri Lanka and most of Europe except those cold northern areas. And I did a self-supported ride to China, via Macau in 1983, now that was an adventure... My "affair" with the TdA family began with the Africa trip in 2012. Then the inaugural French Connection tour in 2016, 2017 The Odyssey. Fabulous group, exciting hill climbs, rugged/raw scenery and the tour leaders & staff, exceptional. 2018 Pub Ride 2, a fun trip with lots of laughs and and great hills in the Yorkshire Moors. 2019 The Hippie Trail and best tour for diversity, contradiction, colour, food and, and, and excitement. I enjoy travelling with like-minded people from all parts of the world, 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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kathy herson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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kathy herson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

I love to bike and explore. I also enjoy learning about new places and cultures- I love the TDA style as they provide the right amount of support for me, either too little nor too much.

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MURIEL THOMSON

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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MURIEL THOMSON

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United Kingdom

I am a retired Professional Golfer. Since I retired I’ve hung up my golf clubs and my new passion is cycling. I enjoy travelling to other countries, especially by bicycle - it’s a great way to get a feel for the country and have a chance to interact with the local people. I've cycled in many countries on various trips and enjoyed the TDA Hippie Trail 2019. This will be my second trip with TDA. I’m looking forward to the challenge of experiencing another part of the world on a bicycle with like minded people from around the globe.

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Chris Penney

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Chris Penney

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I’m glad to be returning to TDA for another adventure.Victoria BC is home for the past few years. So many good memories and friends from the 2011 tour have lured me back for this ride to Gqeberha.Very excited to share this trip with Amy my sweetheart.

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

Canada

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Alexandra Ruch

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Alexandra Ruch

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Germany

After having cycled the Tour d`Afrique 2018 and Hippie Trail & Canada 2019, I am Looking Forward to another Cycling Adventure, this time in Westafrica.

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

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Cesar Matamala

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Cesar Matamala

Rider
Delhi to Udaipur

Spain

My name is Cesar Matamala, father of 3 children; We will go to the tour with my wife Valery. We love to ride a bike throug Colombia and Spain and we are very happy to go on this tour throug India

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Christopher Clyde

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Christopher Clyde

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Looking forward to cycling Korea and Japan, seeing a few old friends from TDA 2014, Hippy Trail 2019.

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I'm a retired test pilot/engineer/other aviation things. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement ended my running career. My wife, Ursula, and I have done a number of TDA trips starting with Africa in 2008, using them as our window to places we haven't been before. We've enjoyed every one. After three postponements, we are really looking forward to JTE happening in 2023. Looking forward to reuniting with friends from previous trips and meeting new ones in Seoul.

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Ursula Simpson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Ursula Simpson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I am a retired database analyst. Enjoying life in Squamish, on Canada's West coast. Either hiking, biking, or skiing. Having fun with my two grandsons and one grand daughter or hanging out with friends. My husband Rae and I are seasoned riders with TdA. Tour d’Afrique in 2008, Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013 and Australia in 2014. New Zealand in 2016. The Magical Madagascar tour in 2017. Hippie trail in 2019 and The Himalayas in 2019. Morocco in 2022.

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Cristiano Werneck

Tour Leader

Delhi to Goa

maggie williamson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

 

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Delhi to Goa

Tres Smith

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Delhi to Goa

Wendy Holmes

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Delhi to Goa

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Kody Block

Content Creator

Agra to Goa

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Kody Block

Content Creator
Agra to Goa

United States

I'm an ambitious and curious cinematographer utilizing creative storytelling to inspire a global movement of exploration. My emphasis is on representing a variety of geographic populations to advocate for cultural diversity and environmental stability, as well as mental and physical benefits to promote a healthy, active lifestyle. In 2023 I served as content creator on the TDA Hippie Trail across India and TDA The Odyssey across Europe! I'm excited to meet you all and embark on this adventure together!

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Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader

Agra to Goa

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Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader
Agra to Goa

Brazil

There are many things I love about my job, but my favorite is to dive deep in the route to learn all about its features, profile, geographical and historical facts, and to reunite with the team and riders to explore the journey together. All of us are very privileged to be able to explore the world at the pace of a bicycle; to really be present and see, feel, hear and smell all the environments we are cycling through. I love to keep the riders focused on their journey, motivating them to see the magic and the beauty of what we have the opportunity to be doing. I like to be the bridge to their experience, helping them face the challenges and persevere.

I currently live in Belgium. I have been traveling through all hidden corners of the American continent and Europe for the last 10 years where I learnt about its history and culture. I'm a certified nature and history guide in Mexico, specialized in Mayan History. I'm also a technical cave diver and worked with cave exploration in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, where I lived for 9 years. Here I developed skills in safety and risk management, which is one of my favorite aspects of the job as a tour leader: to be able to foresee hazards and plan ways to mitigate them.

Cycling is my favorite thing to do, so in 2017 I did a solo self supported bike trip for 4 months from Mexico to Brazil. This was when I decided to change the course of my career from guiding nature and cave diving tours to working with cycling tour companies, realizing I could transfer my skills in safety and risk assessment from cave diving into leading cycling tours/expeditions.

My tip for cyclists joining our tours is to trully allow yourself to be out of your comfort zone and to enjoy being there. Traveling by bike is physically challenging, but having a strong, open and adventurous mind is what you need to take the most out of it. Learn to appreciate the differences. To think as a group and to be realistic about what crossing a country - or a few of them - by bicycle implies. It's a unique and a massive achievement for everyone involved in it, don't forget that! Have fun, and smile always.

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Malcolm Juring

Tour Leader Trainee

Agra to Goa

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Malcolm Juring

Tour Leader Trainee
Agra to Goa

United States

What I love most about being a Tour Leader is traveling the world, riding bikes, and meeting new and interesting people on every trip. What more could you ask for?

I started working at bike shops and as a bike courier while at university. The income from these jobs allowed me to plan my own cycling trips during school breaks. Following university, I spent two years working with an aid organization in Guinea, where I was surprised to see a TDA tour passing through rural West Africa. Several years and one pandemic later, I found myself guiding bike tours around the US, dreaming about even greater adventures.

One of my most memorable experiences from a TDA tour was in Tuktoyaktuk at the start of the North American Epic. I went for a swim in the Arctic Ocean and I remember thinking "Would I ever have this chance again?" But when I waded into the water, I realized something wasn't right: the water wasn't cold. It felt like a heated pool and it ended up being an unpleasant swim. My mind was occupied with what I had read about rising sea temperatures while every inch of my skin above water was attacked by mosquitoes. But I remember the visceral feeling of "so, this is what the Arctic Ocean really is."

My advice for anyone planning to join a TDA tour is to read a book, fiction or nonfiction, set in your tour's destination. Also, try learning a few phrases in the local language, and don't forget your towel!

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Christopher Thompson

Medic

Agra to Goa

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Christopher Thompson

Medic
Agra to Goa

United States

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic

Agra to Goa

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Shaik Baba

Bike Mechanic
Agra to Goa

India

Baba is a maestro in the art of cycle maintenance. He has close to 20 years of experience in the industry along with 10 years of travelling the length and breath of the country on cycle trips and camps. India is a highly diversified country with many languages. With five spoken languages under his belt, Baba is an asset to have on the team. Baba is a very friendly team person and ever willing to help & contribute in all aspects.

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Rama .

Local Support

Agra to Goa

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Rama .

Local Support
Agra to Goa

India

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Wim Pauw

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

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Wim Pauw

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

Canada

Born and raised in Utrecht ,NLD and moved to Canada in my early 20s. Have been living in Banff Alberta since 1971 and also have a residence in Scottsdale AZ. Me and my partner Nancy have travelled the world on our bicycles for the last 25 years but unfortunately she passed away July 2019 at a relatively young age (59). I promised her to keep on traveling with my bicycle so here I am doing another trip. Looking forwards to make new friends and enjoying life to it’s fullest .

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Stacey Bailey Pauw

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

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Stacey Bailey Pauw

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

United States

Hello All, I am fairly new to road cycling. I just started my fourth year and I can’t imagine traveling without a bike! My first TDA trip was the Trans Europa in 2020. Now I'm hooked, I love the TDA style of cycling. What I love most about traveling with my bicycle and TDA is that I meet locals who live off the beaten path in small villages. I also love tennis and hiking. My husband and I each brought two grown children from previous marriages, and we now have nine grandchildren. Although I spend a considerable amount of time traveling, I live in Banff, Canada, during the summer months and Arizona during the winter. I consider Arizona my home. My husband Wim and I look forward to meeting everyone! Cheers ~ Stacey

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Mark Pretty

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Mark Pretty

Rider
Agra to Goa

Australia

64 yr old from the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Have toured most of the Asian countries by bike over the years and can’t wait to finally explore parts of India

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Eric Wolinsky

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Eric Wolinsky

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I love bicycle touring and I've been looking forward to this trip for a while.

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Agra to Goa

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Agra to Goa

Canada

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Elias (Eli) Baron

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I'm now retired and live in Plano Texas. Since I retired I have been doing one or more long distance bicycle rides each year. I did the Viva Italia Ride in 2019 and it was a very special experience. This year I did a self guided self supported ride in the Sierra Blanca in Spain, in Greece from Athens to Thesalonniki, a bicycle ride in Mongolia and a bicycle ride in Maine. I'm looking forward to ride in 2023 The Hippie Trail and Madagascar with TDA.

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Peter Mehl

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Peter Mehl

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I am a retired philosophy and religion professor. I have been cycling off and on all my life, starting with overnight tours with Dad when I was 14. I am 66 now, and for the last 12 years I have been cycling regularly again. I have complete 9 week-long tours with Adventure Cycling, and a variety of other tours around the US. This will be my first international bike tour, but I have travel overseas before, Europe, Africa, China and Turkey. I enjoy travel and the variety of new people and places.

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Howard Weinerman

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Howard Weinerman

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

Canada

LOVE ACTIVE VACATIONS. EXCITED ABOUT THIS TRIP!

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Dean Andrews

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Dean Andrews

Rider
Agra to Goa

New Zealand

72 year old Australasian. Born NZ now reside on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia Likes - open spaces, natural wonders, cycling, golf, rugby union and watching sport in general, meeting new and interesting people, a good laugh, good food Looking forward to meeting you all and the challenge

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Ryan Stotland

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

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Ryan Stotland

Rider
Agra to Mumbai

Canada

I am a songwriter and music producer who writes about educational topics. I recently toured my music about Psychology and my album called The Ryan Stotland Experiment. I am passionate about mental health endeavours. I did a number of bike tours when I was younger and also was part of the Tour d'Afrique South America expedition.

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Peye Vlot

Rider

Mumbai to Goa

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Peye Vlot

Rider
Mumbai to Goa

Netherlands

Since 1990 living and working ( dental surgeon ) in Muscat ( Sultanate of Oman ).

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henrik sommer egvang

Rider

Agra to Goa

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henrik sommer egvang

Rider
Agra to Goa

Denmark

63 years old. Semi retired..... Love cycling (of course :-) Did the TDA HippieTrail in India last winter and got hooked. I'm ready for another long term challenge next autumn.

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Mark Vantrease

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Mark Vantrease

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I've been fortunate to live and travel in many places around the world. The Paris to Istanbul ride will be a new experience and fulfill a bucket list item. I enjoy Adventure Travel including Cross-Ocean Sailing, Distance Hiking/Back Packing, Distance Cycling and Competitive Rowing. Looking forward to meeting like minded adventurers!

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Brian Thompson

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Brian Thompson

Rider
Agra to Goa

Australia

I have ridden the entire way around the world, much of it with TDA. I am eager to join a mate who is also doing this ride. I am retired, have been riding/racing/touring my bike since I was 14 and am still in love with it.

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edward sokol

Rider

Agra to Goa

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edward sokol

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

retired, single worked 44 years in retail business, owned it for 30 years like cycling, hiking

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Brian McCloskey

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Brian McCloskey

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

United States

My wife Karen and I reside along the seacoast north of Boston. I've previously enjoyed experiences with TDA riding sections of the GART tour in 2021; a section of the 2023 NA Epic from Banff to Helena last fall; pedaling across Rajasthan Province on the Hippie Trail last February and most recently riding on TDA's Trans Himalaya. As always I am looking forward to reuniting with old friends and exploring new and exciting landscapes and cultures.

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Karen McCloskey

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Karen McCloskey

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

United States

I am excited to reconnect with some of our 2021 GART riders and meet a whole new group of cycling adventurers.

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Jody Van Houten

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Jody Van Houten

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

I am a TDA rookie and this will be my second time riding with TDA after cycling in India along the Hippie Trail last winter. Looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing in the journey.

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Sarah Holden

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Sarah Holden

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

United States

64 year old construction consultant with an eye on retirement! Recreational cyclist, have done several cycling and bike/barge trips around Europe with my husband Russ. Interests are traveling, cooking, reading, architecture, photography, Buddhism and connecting with new friends. This trip entices me as its a culture I've never experienced, the cities and architecture look incredible, it's a mileage stretch on some days, and I'll get to cycle with my friends, Karen and Brian McCloskey.

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Ezhil Vasanthan Ebinezer

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Ezhil Vasanthan Ebinezer

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Carolina Ceravolo

Tour Leader

Agra to Goa

Wim Pauw

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

Stacey Bailey Pauw

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

Mark Pretty

Rider

Agra to Goa

Eric Wolinsky

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Ram Swaminathan

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Ram Swaminathan

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Anthony Rock

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Anthony Rock

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I'm a Canadian-American and split my time between urban urban life Brooklyn, NY and on the Northumberland Strait in Atlantic Canada. The Orient Express will be my 6th ride with TDA.

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Elizabeth Purdon

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Elizabeth Purdon

Rider
Agra to Goa

Canada

I am an almost retired family doctor, working just enough to help pay for this type of grand adventure! I do lots and lots of kayaking and expeditions, but this will be my first big bike tour. One might as well start off with a challenge! Growing up on Canada's balmy wet west coast, I have been bike riding for commuting and exercise most of my life, but I have only done a couple of tours in the past - Ireland and New England. This Covid delay has given me even more time to get some experience on the bike before the trip,

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Robert (Bob) Purdon

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Robert (Bob) Purdon

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Gregory Wiseman

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Gregory Wiseman

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Luca Bortolami

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Luca Bortolami

Rider
Agra to Goa

Italy

I am an (almost) 54 years old Italian man that loves cycling and traveling. I have been able to retire at an early age in order to purse these two interests, and TDA expeditions where one of the reasons why I really wanted to gain full control of my schedule while still relatively young. I am and have always been single and have no kids.

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MARCO PONTIROLI

Rider

Agra to Goa

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MARCO PONTIROLI

Rider
Agra to Goa

Italy

I'm 60 years old , happy husband and father of two boys (19 and 21). I'm a keen cyclist , looking for new horizons. I travelled to India 3 times already , and I just love the country, the food, the people , the culture.

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Trixie Wagner

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Trixie Wagner

Rider
Agra to Goa

Germany

I am a German citizen but live and work in Switzerland. After having survived Ruta Maya, parts of the Tour d'Afrique and West Africa, I am looking forward to the next cycling challenge!

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Daniela Hofstetter

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Daniela Hofstetter

Rider
Agra to Goa

Switzerland

Hello everyone! I'm Daniela and I'm exited to be part of this cycling group. Although I don't have lot's of long cycling tours of experience yet, I'm really motivated and eager to learn from all of you and to embark on new adventures together. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, swimming and also meet friends and travaling. I'm looking forward to meeting new people and exploring beautiful routes together.

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Roger Hesford

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Roger Hesford

Rider
Agra to Goa

Australia

An average cyclist who enjoys touring and experiencing other cultures.

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Rose Brown

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Rose Brown

Rider
Agra to Goa

New Zealand

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Rhonda Aliah

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Rhonda Aliah

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I am a veterinarian who loves adventure. I have always wanted to go on an extended bike ride and this tour seemed to fit the bill. I have ridden RAGBRAI and completed numerous long distance cycling events. I love to hike- trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro and in Nepal. I love eco travel and have used my profession to enable me to work around the world. I have three adult children who encourage me to explore,travel and in the words of Captain Kirk of the USS Enterprise- "To boldly go where "I " have never been before". First TDA tour was the Pub Ride and it was fabulous. Now I am hooked on cycle touring!

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Richard Whitlock

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Richard Whitlock

Rider
Agra to Goa

United Kingdom

A steady finisher

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Dick Buter

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Dick Buter

Rider
Agra to Goa

Netherlands

Cycling is the best way to discover the world.

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Maureen Lanuke

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Maureen Lanuke

Rider
Agra to Goa

Canada

Hi. My name is Maureen, and I am passionate about bicycle touring and anything to do with bicycles. I have never been to India and I can't think of a better way to explore it than by bicycle. I have cycled the Orient Express, Canada 150, and Madagascar trips with TDA, and have participated in, or led many bike tours through Canada, the States, France, Italy, New Zealand, and Australia - both supported and self-support, and am hoping to be able to do many more rides on my bucket list while the mind and the body are still willing and able! I'm looking forward to meeting my fellow adventurers on this unique adventure!

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Agra to Goa

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Agra to Goa

Canada

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Agra to Goa

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Agra to Goa

Canada

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Mike Busby

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Mike Busby

Rider
Agra to Goa

United Kingdom

A serial cycle tourist always keen to escape winter in the UK and keen to stay active!

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Richard Schingler

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Richard Schingler

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

I love to travel and see the world from the seat of a bicycle. This will be my fifth tour with TDA.

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Mary Potyrala

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Mary Potyrala

Rider
Agra to Goa

Canada

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Michael Doucet

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Michael Doucet

Rider
Agra to Goa

Canada

This will be my third TDA tour. I'm looking forward to the adventure with Jacqueline!

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Paul Doucet

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Paul Doucet

Rider
Agra to Goa

Canada

I look forward to meeting my fellow travellers/cyclists and sharing this trip with my younger brother Michael. This will be our second TDA trip together.

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Alison Longfield

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Alison Longfield

Rider
Agra to Goa

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guy bertrand

Rider

Agra to Goa

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guy bertrand

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Marc Bezeau

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Marc Bezeau

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Michaela Lehner

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Michaela Lehner

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Agra to Goa

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Agra to Goa

United States

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Pär Broome

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Pär Broome

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

Sweden

Bycycling is my passion. Been member of Team Rynkeby and Have Two time Done tour to Paris. Bike a LOT and next month biking in South Africa myself. Like to bike and long and expirences new countries. Looking forward to the trip.

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Agra to Goa

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Rider
Agra to Goa

Australia

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John Schwarte

Rider

Agra to Goa

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John Schwarte

Rider
Agra to Goa

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Laura Garrett

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Laura Garrett

Rider
Agra to Goa

United States

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Ram Swaminathan

Rider

Agra to Goa

Anthony Rock

Rider

Agra to Goa

Elizabeth Purdon

Rider

Agra to Goa

Robert (Bob) Purdon

Rider

Agra to Goa

Gregory Wiseman

Rider

Agra to Goa

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“The Hippie Trail isn't for everyone but it gave me the freedom to appreciate an age old mix of spiritual cultures, smiling people and open friendliness. I felt truly blessed each day.”

“It's a great Tour but you have to be ready for all that India can throw at you. A massive experience. Wonderful people and a well run and supported trip.”

“You’ll ride past the Taj Mahal, through the Thar Desert of northwestern Rajasthan, into the bustle of Mumbai, and onto the beaches of Goa’s Konkan Coast, with stops at guesthouses, forts, and palaces along the way.”

OVERVIEW HIPPIE TRAIL 2025


  • FULL TOUR
  • SECTION 1
  • SECTION 2
  • SECTION 3
  • HIPPIE TRAIL
  • ROYAL RAJASTHAN RIDE
  • TEMPLE CAVES & CITY LIGHTS
  • KONKAN COAST
  • AGRA TO GOA
  • AGRA TO UDAIPUR
  • UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
  • MUMBAI TO GOA
  • JAN 29 TO MAR 8
  • JAN 29 TO FEB 10
  • FEB 12 TO FEB 27
  • MAR 2 TO MAR 8
  • USD 12900
  • USD 5600
  • USD 7300
  • USD 3400
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • HIPPIE TRAIL
    • AGRA TO GOA
    • JAN 29 TO MAR 8
    • 12900 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • ROYAL RAJASTHAN RIDE
    • AGRA TO UDAIPUR
    • Jan 29 - Feb 10
    • 5600 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • TEMPLE CAVES & CITY LIGHTS
    • UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
    • Feb 12 - Feb 27
    • 7300 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • KONKAN COAST
    • MUMBAI TO GOA
    • Mar 2 - Mar 8
    • 3400 USD
    • SPACES 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. Single supplement may be available, please contact us for more information. 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 and non-transferable. 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$300 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). TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details.

 

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