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Old 06-06-2011, 03:59 PM   #76
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It's really up to you...

People find you more approachable when you travel alone and will start conversations with you and be more willing to go out of their way for a lone traveler. You will be more likely to engage strangers as well, so you have someone to talk to or ask questions of.

Traveling with a partner, you tend to spend most of your time talking with your buddy and are not as approachable to an outsider.

This is absolutely accurate.
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Old 06-06-2011, 04:02 PM   #77
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:19 PM   #78
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I'm planning a trip to South America and back that will not start for another 18 months. I'm already starting preparations with research etc. More than likely I'll be going alone. I'm wondering if any of you long distance solo guys/girls get lonely on the road. Personally, I'd rather do this trip with someone but we all know how difficult it can be to get someone else to make the commitment. Interested in your thoughts...
Speeder, I just "committed" to also going to South America around September/October of 2012. I think I'd actually prefer to travel solo most of the trip, but I'm sure we can meet up for parts of our trips down there!

I'll be leaving from Vancouver, Canada, and plan on having 4 months free to travel (probably won't take that long, but I wouldn't mind spending a week on the beach here and there). Just starting to do "serious" research & planning today.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:50 PM   #79
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I don't know as all of my travels have been with someone else. I know that I would be a little nervous by myself in a foreign country but would like to do the same trip you are talking about, and maybe at about the same time. If you might be interested in putting together a plan, pm me.
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Speeder, I just "committed" to also going to South America around September/October of 2012. I think I'd actually prefer to travel solo most of the trip, but I'm sure we can meet up for parts of our trips down there!
You sure to both of you. I'm still a long ways out. I've been putting together gear and riding a lot. Day trips are coming up. Lets get some PM's going when the time gets closer.
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Old 06-07-2011, 05:51 PM   #80
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You sure to both of you. I'm still a long ways out. I've been putting together gear and riding a lot. Day trips are coming up. Lets get some PM's going when the time gets closer.
Sounds good!

Out of curiosity, what bike are you riding? Sounds like you're somewhat new - I'd suggest hooking up with some experienced dual-sport riders near you and doing some light trails to pick up some skills.

I've done very limited dual-sport riding myself (although I've been street/track riding sportbikes for 4 years - see avatar)... my first experienced was a single-track oriented day trip on a Beta 400. Awesome stuff! Done lots of similar riding on a KLR 650 since then, but am actually bikeless right now (just sold 'em both) and will be getting a replacement dual-sport next spring, then spending all summer prepping it for the trip. Can't wait!
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:15 PM   #81
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Advantages of traveling alone,

A. You make more time. If you want to go somewhere, you just go.
B. You meet more people.
C. You have zero stress trying to please someone else.
D. You tend to socialise more.

Disadvantages,
You get lonley for a day, but, with bluetooth headsets these days, you can call a friend for company.
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:21 PM   #82
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I like travelling alone. I don't like to make a plan and travelling solo lets me go where the spirit takes me. It's nice to meet up with people along the way for a visit but I'd rather have the freedom to go where I like.
Having said that I'm heading out on June 13th for a month around BC and the US so if you see an orange Wee with a woman in a really hi-viz jacket say "Hi"!
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Old 06-07-2011, 06:56 PM   #83
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In my case, travelling solo has always ended up with mood extremes. From euphoric feeling of freedom to deep loneliness.
Most of the contacts made along the way are shallow and superficial, good to spice up the trip, not sufficient to say "I made a lots of friends".
I guess it all depends on one's personality and state of mind.
Anyway it's unique experience and the best way to learn more about yourself.
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Ditto. It's been likewise for me in my previous journeys. But I still enjoy striking up conversations w/strangers and exchanging brief quips on life philosophy.

I'm taking a 20-day 6k mi journey solo towards the end of the month. Originally someone else was to come along. But, as someone on the thread mentioned already, they will more often than not bale out/cancel. For many of the reasons mentioned, in one sense I'm glad this is how this trip is unfolding. The only nagging thing though is the "safety" factor. But again, the opportunities presented for those solo far outweigh the negatives I believe. In the past I simply lowered my risk factors.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:17 PM   #84
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Sounds good!

Out of curiosity, what bike are you riding? Sounds like you're somewhat new - I'd suggest hooking up with some experienced dual-sport riders near you and doing some light trails to pick up some skills.

I've done very limited dual-sport riding myself (although I've been street/track riding sportbikes for 4 years - see avatar)... my first experienced was a single-track oriented day trip on a Beta 400. Awesome stuff! Done lots of similar riding on a KLR 650 since then, but am actually bikeless right now (just sold 'em both) and will be getting a replacement dual-sport next spring, then spending all summer prepping it for the trip. Can't wait!
I picked up an 08 KLR650 this spring. Last summer I spent on my dads 95 KLR. I am very new to this. I think of Clayton's story (RIP - available in the Ride Report section) every time I suit up for a ride. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about safe riding as I want to mature as a rider, not just be a new guy who thinks he's bullet proof after a few hundred miles. I'm hoping that this spring/summer and next spring/summer of riding/camping will help me prepare.

After reading all of these wonderful and thought provoking replies I'm excited to travel mainly solo but would always appreciate spending some time with new friends and learning about their unique life experiences. It's great to be able to do what you want but it is also incredibly rewarding to sit with strangers at a camp fire and share what one another is learning.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:22 PM   #85
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Advantages of traveling alone,

A. You make more time. If you want to go somewhere, you just go.
B. You meet more people.
C. You have zero stress trying to please someone else.
D. You tend to socialise more.

Disadvantages,
You get lonley for a day, but, with bluetooth headsets these days, you can call a friend for company.
I like being able to go where ever I want. I often ride out into Montana and follow the first gravel road I find. I read on someone's thread that "as long as you have gas, you're not lost." So true. I hate turning around to go back. I simply want to keep going.

I think being solo and introverted will help me to branch out. Others have said that one person is more approachable and I agree. It's been that way with me so far. Being just one person it's easier to latch onto a group of people and slip away when it's time to go. At least, I think...
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:59 PM   #86
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I picked up an 08 KLR650 this spring. Last summer I spent on my dads 95 KLR. I am very new to this. I think of Clayton's story (RIP - available in the Ride Report section) every time I suit up for a ride. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about safe riding as I want to mature as a rider, not just be a new guy who thinks he's bullet proof after a few hundred miles. I'm hoping that this spring/summer and next spring/summer of riding/camping will help me prepare.

After reading all of these wonderful and thought provoking replies I'm excited to travel mainly solo but would always appreciate spending some time with new friends and learning about their unique life experiences. It's great to be able to do what you want but it is also incredibly rewarding to sit with strangers at a camp fire and share what one another is learning.
If you haven't done so yet, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Advanced Rider class in your area, and get a copy of "Proficient Motorcycling" on Amazon or local book store.

http://www.msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm...B0B42F&referer

http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Mot.../dp/1889540536


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Old 06-08-2011, 05:19 PM   #87
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If you haven't done so yet, take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Advanced Rider class in your area, and get a copy of "Proficient Motorcycling" on Amazon or local book store.

http://www.msf-usa.org/index_new.cfm...B0B42F&referer

http://www.amazon.com/Proficient-Mot.../dp/1889540536


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HAHAHA!!! Done both. Great class. Great book.
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Old 06-15-2011, 02:51 AM   #88
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Limited experience with long solo trips, however those i have were positive. Depending on where you're camping/staying the evening hours can be rather boring.

I can agree with most people posted earlier.. contact with locals etc becomes a lot easier. Only days when it really 'got to me' how alone i was and what a long way long from home, was when the bike broke down. Broken voltage regulator, would instantly blow the main fuse when inserting a new one. On the other hand.. the first person i approached, despite the language barrier, got in his car and went to buy me new fuses at a gas station. 2nd was a biker who sorted me out with the excellent local bike shop who came and picked me up friday, after closing time. all in all i wouldn't have liked the mis this 'chapter' in the trip (although i don't fancy it happening again obviously :P but if it does, it does and it will have to be sorted.. one way or the other, can't chose where the adventure takes you ;) )

The few days without transport in one place were pretty boring, mp3's helped (it was strangely nice to hear some Dutch (just stand up comedy, the singing is horrible).

On the downside, there are places i simply wouldn't go to all alone.
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:36 PM   #89
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I enjoy short trips with others.Weekends are about enough.

I really like the freedom of solo travel. You see something, stop and check it out. You want a pic,stop and take the pic.
Traveling with others is eitherworking together, which is nice . Or having to bend your desires to the will of the group, which rubs me wrong.
I figure if I have planned , saved , put things off, eyc. then I need to be able to do what I want or, I'm not getting the result I desire.

Traveling alone is fine for a while but. I find if I do meet someone I'm likely to talk their ears off, especially when alcahol is added. Sometimes you have to curb you enthusiasm so as not to scare people away.

In the end you have to try it both ways to know which you prefer.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:46 AM   #90
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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.
Well I don't have anything to add to that.
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