I’m Tracey, he’s Marc. In our 30+ years together we seem to have this penchant for going ‘two-up’. We started out paddling a double kayak in various canoe marathons in our 20s, and we bought our first tandem bike a bit over 10 years ago. One tandem led to another (plus a tag-along/trail-a-bike) and then a triple. We’ve covered a bit of distance here and there with our three girls, as well as just the two of us.
The history of our family tandem adventures is on this old blog (which is slowly falling apart with broken links.) And we have actually done one other unsupported tour – a round trip from Sydney through the Hunter Valley.
These days it’s just the two of us riding and while we’ve done a few day rides – and even an overnight ride! – here and there (in between house renovations which have severely cramped our style over the past several years – and will continue to do so for the next several) we have grand plans to get touring. Now we’re in our (early) 50s and almost empty nesters. Time to fly the coop ourselves and see the world – tandem style.
I threw this WordPress site together in September ’16, just a few days before we set out on our first big tour in several years. Marc had been talking for some time about going to the States to buy a new tandem (next year!) and then riding down the west coast. I wondered why we weren’t touring in our own country. And so, suddenly, there we were riding from home to Sydney as a ‘practice run’.
On that trip, I experimented with blogging on the go from my Samsung Galaxy S2. My patience wore a bit thin, but it served, at the time, to keep family and friends up to keep tabs on us.
At first, I was trying to write the whole blog post at the end of the day. That proved too frustrating on a phone, and I opted instead for several updates (usually with a photo or two) during rest stops. When we returned home I did a major edit and split each day into two – a factual ‘map and notes’ post as a resource for others, and a more diarised blog of each day’s experiences.
In September ’17 we picked up our new Co-motion Tandem from the factory in Eugene, Oregon, and then rode out to the coast and down to San Francisco – approximately 1200km all up. Here’s the link to that tour.
I soon discovered that at the end of each day I didn’t have that much energy left to blog in too much detail, so I resorted mostly to uploading photos for the sake of friends following from home. I’ve tried to get back to edit and include maps, but probably haven’t done that great a job of it.
Mid-way into 2018, we’ve roughed out the route for our next tour – Sydney to Melbourne, probably in September this year. And then hopefully next year we’ll head overseas again.