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Hippie Trail

Hippie Trail

Hippie Trail

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

RIDERS AND STAFF

Robert Fletcher

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

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Robert Fletcher

Rider
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

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

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Caroline Derouet

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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David Kahn

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

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David Kahn

Rider
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

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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george browes

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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george browes

Rider
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

Rider

Agra to Udaipur

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Simon Lanyon

Rider
Agra to Udaipur

Australia

Looking forward to meeting everybody and especially looking forward to meeting some good friends from my 2 previous TDA trips. See you in Africa

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Janice Lanyon

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Agra to Udaipur

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Janice Lanyon

Rider
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 Ruta Maya.

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Birgit Ackroyd

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Mumbai to Kanyakumari

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Birgit Ackroyd

Rider
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 as a 'sectional rider'. I’ve enjoyed 4 full TDA tours: Indian Adventure, Ruta Maya, Pub Ride, West Africa en Vélo. I am looking forward to re-visiting Budapest and experiencing Romania, Bulgaria and Istanbul for the first time. 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.

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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 52 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.

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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

Rider
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

If doing this trip once has others questioning your sanity, doing it twice must confirm its missing. As this is my second time leading this wild, beautiful, and challenging trip, you could say I've fallen hard for the old trade route. My goals this time around, are getting fewer people lost, and finally discovering the fabled peanut butter merchants of Central Asia ;)

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Mike Carter

Rider

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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Paul Davison

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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Paul Davison

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

62 years old, retired engineer. Coming back for another instalment of South America. Not a fast rider, but a persistant one.

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Shanny Hill

Rider

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

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Robert Fletcher

Rider
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

Rider

Agra to Kanyakumari

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Caroline Derouet

Rider
Agra to Kanyakumari

Canada

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David Kahn

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Agra to Kanyakumari

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David Kahn

Rider
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

Rider

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

Rider

Agra to Mumbai

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Michiel Holtackers

Rider
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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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 65, 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 and Silk Route. 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

Rider

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, I am back for more and look forward to meeting old friends and new on the road in Aus & NZ.

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Michiel van Wijk

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Michiel van Wijk

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Netherlands

My name is Michiel, 55 years old and I have travelled with TdA through Africa, Asia, Central America and India. It will be exciting to cross Brazil by bike. I am looking forward to overcome all challenges together with you: fellow riders and staff. And just love riding against the wind...

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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

Rider

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 have soloed across the U.S. and completed a number of other interesting bicycle adventures at home and abroad. I'm looking forward to making new friends and reuniting with others.

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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

Rider

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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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

United States

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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

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Delhi to Goa

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Bill Wilson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

This will be my 8th trip with TDA, as I've previously ridden the Trans Europa, the Orient Express, the Hippie Trail, the Bamboo Road, Magical Madagascar, the Tour d'Afrique and the Trans Oceania. I retired four 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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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.

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David Paterson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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David Paterson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I am 65, retired, and live in the Okanagan valley of B.C. Canada. Really only cycle to travel. Went on tda trips in Africa and India. Trekked from Srinigar to Ladakh in 1981 and loved the changes in culture and geography along the way. Sure nothing has changed in nearly 40 years !! It will be an adventure.

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Lisa Merighi

Rider

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

Rider
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

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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, and Silk Route. I've tended to make a few side jaunts along the way. It's been life changing. Thanks Henry!

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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

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Jeffrey Lizotte

Rider
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 Hilsinger

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Emily Hilsinger

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

An active, adventurous 20-something year old who might be crazy for deciding to join the Hippie Trail 3 weeks out - but dreaming about it for longer! Looking forward to my first bike tour of this kind, meeting each and every one of you and seeing what the sights and sounds of India have to offer us! 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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Daniel pilliard

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Delhi to Goa

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Daniel pilliard

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Delhi to Goa

United States

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Dianne Lizotte

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Delhi to Goa

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Dianne Lizotte

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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

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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

Just a regular guy.

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Nicholas Cherniwchan

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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 65, 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 and Silk Route. 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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Mumbai to Goa

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Mumbai to Goa

Canada

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Fritz Gut

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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 have a background in completing (not competing) triathlons. I've been a *bit* obsessed with TDA since 2011 when an acquaintance completed tour d'Afrique - one day I will to. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting on the road! May have to change the title of my blog....

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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

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Delhi to Goa

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John Sweet

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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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Jean Abbott

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Jean Abbott

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Hi all! My family and I love exploring by bike. We really enjoyed the Orient Express a couple of years ago with TDA, and India last year! Ready for something tamer this year. We have 2 adult kids and one 15-year-old granddaughter, who lives next door -- awesome! Our son Nate and his girlfriend Courtney are joining this trip too -- even though we might not Pub-crawl as much as they will. I'm not as addicted to biking as my quick-twitch husband, but I usually get where I want to go, even if it may be a bit slower than some of the rest of you. In my other life, I'm a doctor and "academic" type trying to learn how to slow down, retired a few years ago from Emergency Medicine. I'm currently more interested in bioethics, and work more doing clinical ethics (as part of our US dysfunctional healthcare system) these days. Looking forward to meeting all of you soon!

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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

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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

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Delhi to Goa

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Rick Abbott

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Jean & I are both ER Docs, semi-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. BTW, in the picture, I'm the one on the right.

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Mumbai to Goa

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Mumbai to Goa

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Fritz Gut

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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

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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 have a background in completing (not competing) triathlons. I've been a *bit* obsessed with TDA since 2011 when an acquaintance completed tour d'Afrique - one day I will to. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting on the road! May have to change the title of my blog....

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Dennis Wilson

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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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Cristiano Werneck

Leader

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

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 Athalye

Communications

Udaipur to Goa

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Communications
Udaipur to Goa

India

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications

Delhi to Goa

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Gergo Szanyi

Communications
Delhi to Goa

Hungary

Hi, My name is Gergo [Grrr-go], I'm from Budapest, Hungary. Graduated in Visual Communications (photography and graphic design) 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 few seasons of mountain bike racing, and quite few years of just sitting in an office, in 2005 I've read a magazine article about the Tour of Freaks... I mean... the Tour d'Afrique, it made me wonder if it is even doable? Next January I found myself in Cairo at the start line of the 4th edition of TDA, and completed the full tour successfully. Since then, I did a couple of Orient Express tours, Amber Route, Trans Europa, Odyssey and PubRide. In 2007 I also crossed the Himalaya by bike, riding from Lhasa to Kathmandu including a ride to Mount Everest North face base camp where this photograph was taken.

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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

Ever since reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry I've been intrigued by India; I can't imagine a better way to experience it than from the seat of a bicycle. I'm a casual cyclist who loves the challenge, peacefulness and simplicity of life on the road. Can't wait for the sights, sounds, smells and insane traffic of India!

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

United States

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Tres Smith

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Delhi to Goa

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Tres Smith

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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

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Delhi to Goa

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Wendy Holmes

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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

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Delhi to Goa

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Dave Morriss

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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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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

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Vinnie Duncan

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Vinnie Duncan

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Delhi to Goa

New Zealand

Hello! I am a keen NZ bike packer (converted ex roadie, triathlete and multi-sporter) and pretty excited about exploring the world over the next few years, as the children (all 7 of them!) ostensibly leave home, and time and $$ permit. Cycling is just the best way to travel and really absorb the surroundings. Its no longer about speed for me - but the experience. I am looking forward to meeting everyone, enjoying some great company and social times, and getting outside my comfort zone in an effort to acknowledge, absorb, respect and enjoy other cultures and surroundings.

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Evelyn Holland

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Evelyn Holland

Rider
Delhi to Goa

United States

Looking forward to experiencing this unique and interesting part of the world on a bicycle, and riding with friends we have met on other tours. So far, I can still do the long tours, although I do complain at times! There is nothing better than riding a bike through amazing parts of the world!

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Greg Forst

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Greg Forst

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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. The food was great and the whole experience was incredible. We are seriously considering the new trip in South Korea and Japan for 2020.

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Gennesse Beadman

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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. 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'm 64 years old and look it. I love to bike, meet new people, see the sights. I'm not the strongest biker, but I can do this ride and will have great adventure.

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MURIEL THOMSON

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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 as it’s a great way to get a feel for the country and have a chance to interact with the local people. I’ve visited India more than a dozen times but I have never cycled there so the Hippie Trail trip seemed like an ideal opportunity. This will be my first trip with TDA. I’m looking forward to the challenge of experiencing India on a bicycle with like minded people from around the globe.

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

Canada

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Delhi to Goa

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Delhi to Goa

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Alexandra Ruch

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Delhi to Goa

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Alexandra Ruch

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Germany

My name is Alexandra and after having cycled the Tour d`Afrique 2018 and Hippie Trail 2019 i am Looking Forward to another Cycling Adventure, this time in north and central america

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Delhi to Goa

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Cesar Matamala

Rider

Delhi to Udaipur

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Cesar Matamala

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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

Ok, time to saddle up again....TDA 2014 rider, a few other international shorter tours since then. Looking forward to India. See you all soon. cheers Chris -now signed up for Madagascar, as well. Looking forward to the lemurs and Yanez' cooking :)

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Rae Simpson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Rae Simpson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

I'm a 74-year old semi-retired test pilot, fighter pilot, aeronautical engineer, aircraft accident investigator, still flying jets and instructing part-time at the International Test Pilots School. I took up cycling when arthritis and a double hip replacement brought an end to my running career. Along with Ursula, my wife, our TDA initiation was Africa in 2008. Since then we've done Rome in 2012, Bamboo Road in 2013, Australia in 2014, New Zealand in 2016, and Madagascar in 2017. We're now signed up for Hippie Trail and Himalayas in 2019 and Korea-Japan in 2020. We love this way of seeing the world; we love the way that TDA organizes and supports the trips; and we love experiencing with like-minded people and renewing friendships from previous trips.

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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, or entertaining my little grandson. 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

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Cristiano Werneck

Leader

Delhi to Goa

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Cristiano Werneck

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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Maggie Williamson

Rider

Delhi to Goa

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Maggie Williamson

Rider
Delhi to Goa

Canada

Ever since reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry I've been intrigued by India; I can't imagine a better way to experience it than from the seat of a bicycle. I'm a casual cyclist who loves the challenge, peacefulness and simplicity of life on the road. Can't wait for the sights, sounds, smells and insane traffic of India!

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Delhi to Goa

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Rider
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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Jane Geis

Rider

Agra to Goa

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Jane Geis

Rider
Agra to Goa

United Kingdom

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“To be truthful I have always wanted to go to India but was afraid because of all the negative press. The trip was an amazing eye opener. I loved all aspects. It threw out all those fears & preconceived notions that I had…I now have a love affair with India!”

“Exceeded my expectations. Everyday a sensory extravaganza. Very friendly people. Wonderful cows everywhere. Great food. Our TDA staff was wonderful. I loved India especially on a bicycle!”

“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 2020


  • 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
  • NOV 15 TO DEC 21
  • NOV 15 TO NOV 26
  • NOV 28 TO DEC 12
  • DEC 15 TO DEC 21
  • USD 8800
  • USD 3300
  • USD 4125
  • USD 1925
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • FULL TOUR
    • HIPPIE TRAIL
    • AGRA TO GOA
    • NOV 15 TO DEC 21
    • 8800 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 1
    • ROYAL RAJASTHAN RIDE
    • AGRA TO UDAIPUR
    • Nov 15 - Nov 26
    • 3300 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 2
    • TEMPLE CAVES & CITY LIGHTS
    • UDAIPUR TO MUMBAI
    • Nov 28 - Dec 12
    • 4125 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE
  • SECTION 3
    • KONKAN COAST
    • MUMBAI TO GOA
    • Dec 15 - Dec 21
    • 1925 USD
    • SPACES AVAILABLE

Prices based on double occupancy at hotels. Solo riders will be paired with another rider of the same gender at no additional charge. A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour. This fee is in addition to the entry fee listed above and is non-refundable and non-transferable. Full tour entry fees will receive an early payment discount of US$500 if full payment is received 6 months before the start of the tour. Those coming for multiple sections get 10% off for 2 or more sections on the same tour (multiple section discount does not apply to full tour price). The full tour single supplement is US$2350. Sectional single supplements are available upon request. TDA alumni get special alumni discounts. Please contact our office for further details. Full tour and section dates listed are for first and last day of cycling. 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.

 

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