I talked about some special bikers who enjoy traveling long distances from country to country. Such adventure lovers need to plan almost everything before beginning the journey. One important issue is where they will sleep at night. Of course, most of them carry with tents and stick them on fields, beaches or wherever. Sometimes they contact local people who show fraternity and humanity as they allow almost unknown cyclists to enter their homes and offer bed, food and a good shower.

As it comes to showers, the Warm Showers webpage is the pioneer tool to contact hosts who will be delightful to share a little of their lives with bikers. Figures are astonishing: With more than 116.000 members and 69.000 hosts, it is spread out to 161 countries in the 5 continents and members, who must be adults, speak up to 17 languages. People who want to offer hospitality must provide contact information and occasionally share great stories and a drink. The members hosting can be even decades in their future. This service is offered to private individuals or even small groups, but above all touring on bicycles is compulsory. Besides, paying for the stay is prohibited.

In 1993, Terry Zmrhal and Geoff Cashman started this service. In 1996, Roger Gravel began maintained the Warm Showers List. Randy Fay turned the list into a good looking database-and-map enabled website in 2005 and eventually assumed the webmaster/register role from Roger when the last retired in 2009. A dedicated group of volunteers manage the site and communication with the members nowadays.

Types of members range from those who are only hosts, hosts plus riders bicycle tours, long term bicycle touring mode and only people who provides information or resources. You can select whether offer lodging and food.

If you are planning a long trip on bike or are opened to share hospitality with bikers, Warm Showers is the ideal place to start with.

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