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Old 03-31-2011, 06:10 PM   #16
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OK, thanks for the thread. I'm taking my first baby ADV ride (up the Blue Ridge Parkway) starting tomorrow. Just a few days, camping at KOA's since the ntl park campgrounds are all still closed. I'm most decidedly NOT an introvert, but I'm the only one who likes travelling outside of cities in my family. I am worried about being lonely, but I suppose pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is part of the experience.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:23 PM   #17
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I'd say that about 90% of my riding is done alone. I love it, have extensive camping experience, and enjoy my cross country treavels. I have a couple of close friends and 2 nephews that I enjoy riding with, and go to great lengths to see to it that it happens from time to time, but in a group of 10 riders, up through New England in 2008, I discovered that such a group is just not my cup of tea. Alone certainly doesn't = lonely to me.
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Old 03-31-2011, 06:28 PM   #18
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OK, thanks for the thread. I'm taking my first baby ADV ride (up the Blue Ridge Parkway) starting tomorrow. Just a few days, camping at KOA's since the ntl park campgrounds are all still closed. I'm most decidedly NOT an introvert, but I'm the only one who likes travelling outside of cities in my family. I am worried about being lonely, but I suppose pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and meeting new people is part of the experience.
April first is the day most areas open unless they are way up there in elevation. For the BRP I like the Blue Ridge Motorcycle CG which has been open all month, Crab Tree Meadows CG and Linville Falls CG usually open first in early April, by the 8th I think. Price Park is open year round I believe. There is also Lineville Gorge with primitive camp sites.... A private camp ground is down 181 on the right going south... Silver Creek is the name I think... I've stayed there.

Have fun.. I ride up there solo all the time. I enjoy just putting along the BRP some times... I've ridden the whole thing at least twice probably more. I like the area from Boone to Cherokee and then I hit the Cherohala in TN on the way back... good times. KOA's usually suck, I rather stay in the parks, call a ranger they can point you right. The primitive sites are open year round in places.. The motorcycle CG's some times open in early April if some one is there. I like the one in Cruso, NC the best. http://www.blueridgemotorcyclecamp.com/ But, the site says mid April.... Worth a call you never know...

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Old 03-31-2011, 06:38 PM   #19
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You might want to try http://www.willvillebikecamp.com/#Events and see if they are open yet. They might be open next week.... worth a call. Last year I hit Lineville Falls on the 8th of April and there was a guy camping there for a week before. So, it was open already before the web site date...

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Old 03-31-2011, 06:44 PM   #20
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Seems to me that travelling alone in a foreign country,especially in less civilized areas, is taking a big risk. Easy target for foulplay and who would even miss you .
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:03 PM   #21
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Seems to me that travelling alone in a foreign country,especially in less civilized areas, is taking a big risk. Easy target for foulplay and who would even miss you .
I had a career once that taught me to look through that dark shade of glasses. It really makes for a lonely and hollow existence. It took about 10 years to really retrain my psyche to look at the world as half full, rather than half empty. When left to their own devices, most people are good so just watch out for the small percentage who are not, and you will have a much more fulfilling time while you are here.
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Old 03-31-2011, 09:45 PM   #22
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Seems to me that travelling alone in a foreign country,especially in less civilized areas, is taking a big risk. Easy target for foulplay and who would even miss you .
In my experience, the opposite is actually true. When in more rural areas of most other countries, the general rule is that people are exceedingly nice and welcoming. It's the urban areas where you have more crime, more violence, more cynics, etc.

But it is true that being in a remote part of any country (including the US) means you may want to take steps to check in with people or have someone following you via SPOT or something.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:09 PM   #23
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This is a great video. How to be alone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7s...layer_embedded

I first saw it on Atlasrider.com so props to him for finding it and posting it in his blog ( A good one too)
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:49 PM   #24
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...and lonely is a freedom that breathes easy and weightless and lonely is healing if you make it... thank you for that video. I'll watch it a thousand times before I'm done...
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:16 PM   #25
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Get a mini lap top and digital camera so you can do a trip report on ADVrider. It will make you feel more connected and we will all be along for the ride. Plus you might be able to use it to hook up with riders who are on simalar routes as you or with local riders in the areas you travel to.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:39 PM   #26
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Yes and No.

Hows that for an answer.

Riding solo to the next state on a 3 week trip is one thing. Embarking on a long solo journey into foreign lands is another. You are either cut out for it, or youre not. If you have to ask the question that you asked, thats not a good thing. Loneliness is part of the game, deal with it.

Solo is the only way to fly on a big trip into foreign lands, hands down. finding someone to go with you will only harsh your buzz, and may just piss you off to no end.

Yes, at times you will be lonely.

Yes, you will meet many more local people than if you were with another person.

Yes, you will find communication a significant struggle on a daily basis.

Yes, if you avoid Gringos (highly recommended) and hang out with locals, your Spanish will get pretty decent and you will start to get a real education about the lands in which you are traveling.

And yes, at times you will stop your bike on a long, lonely, cold and windswept stretch of sand and rocks as far as the eye can see in the Bolivian Altiplano, not a hint of human civilization in sight, take off your helmet and look around, and realize that you are the luckiest SOB on Earth.

And yes, when you return to the U.S. you will realize that the whole country is floating in bullshit.

Throw off those comfortable chains that the U.S. consumer society has burdened you with, go and ride solo into places far outside your comfort zone, and learn interesting things about yourself.
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Old 04-01-2011, 04:49 PM   #27
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I travel alone because it's very hard to find a partner who isn't "destination oriented" If I was in a hurry to get someplace, I wouldn't ride a motorcycle. I like to stop and look at things, take a lot of piss breaks, BS with the locals at gas stops, ect. Drives most people nuts, but that's how I like to roll.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:45 PM   #28
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And yes, when you return to the U.S. you will realize that the whole country is floating in bullshit.
Heavy dose of reality in that statement. And aloneness and lonliness hardly correlate, two entirely different 'things'.
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Old 04-01-2011, 06:48 PM   #29
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I find I'm never lonely when I travel solo.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:18 AM   #30
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I like riding by myself and tend to meet people and enjoy their new stories. Plus no one to argue with about petty stuff. I swear people who camp are more friendly and willing to have a good conversation.
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