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Old 06-16-2011, 09:17 PM   #91
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I have a good to go from the wife, should I find myself out of work after 27 years. With 4 weeks vacation and using only half of it a year. She is all for me taking off for a month to rejuvenate before looking for work. Financially it will work. so until then only day rides or extended weekends between the balance of family participation and personal time. I really appreciate ADV and the contents, the ride posts allow me to travel from the comfort of my couch.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:08 PM   #92
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Well I don't have anything to add to that.
Shit, did I actually write all that stuff? I must have been on a roll in Medellin. I still stand by what I said though.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:02 AM   #93
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I love to lead on a trip, so I guess that makes me a good candidate for a solo trip, but I have never tried it, perhaps I should.

I think who you travel with makes all the difference.

Good thread this
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:32 PM   #94
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I would definitely travel in a group of not more than 4 people. I would pick people who can help and entertain me, as I really hate traveling alone.

I currently ride with a group of 4 and it is about the right size to make decisions and have comapny. I find that an occasional evening alone is a good break from each other. I also travel alone and enjoy talking to strangers. It is easier to meet people alone. I can usually get invited to someones campfire or even dinner.
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:48 PM   #95
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Riding local weekend trips with a small group is a kick with friends. Sometimes alone I "feel" as though I should be traveling with someone with the sence of security it provides, but the benifits and ease of mind when going solo outway the sence of security and aggravation.
The only thing worse that being alone is wishing you were.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:33 AM   #96
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Just got back from 2 weeks Italy, alone.

Wouldn't have it any other way...
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Old 08-02-2011, 04:15 PM   #97
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If you are up for the coordinating and back and forth required - couchsurfing is a good place to find some neat people that can a) put you up for a few days and b) spend some time with learning the local ways and enjoying yourself local style.

I'm planning on at least giving couchsurfing a try on my 6 month SA trip ( Oct 2011- March 2012) to see if i can hook up with some locals that way....
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:10 AM   #98
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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...
Depends on my mood and the trip. Sometimes I prefer company, sometimes not.

I'll be home by the time you get to Cuzco. If you want some company, email. Haven't done the Salar and it's on my bucket list.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:20 AM   #99
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I'll be home by the time you get to Cuzco. If you want some company, email. Haven't done the Salar and it's on my bucket list.
That's awesome mate! Thanks for the invitation.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:47 AM   #100
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No problem. Lots of nice side trips out of Cuzco, Puerto Maldonado via Huayllahuaylla pass, sacred valley, Moray Maras salt mines,etc,etc. South America does not disappoint the adventurous rider.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:22 AM   #101
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PS I think the best piece of kit that you could bring is a basic understanding of the Spanish language. Don't have to be fluent but if you're solo, it will make a BIG difference to be able to communicate with locals. Take a class or two before you leave if possible.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:26 AM   #102
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Great advice. I'm currently working with a CD (however somewhat undisciplined) and I'm looking at taking a class possibly next spring.
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Old 08-04-2011, 08:37 AM   #103
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Cds are good but at the beginning, structure is important and you get that from a class. You'll learn tons more on the trip. I don't have a talent for languages but I noticed that there was a tipping point and it just started to flow. Stick with it, there's definately a learning curve...
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Old 08-04-2011, 09:00 AM   #104
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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)
Thank you for this link. I truly enjoyed the video.
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Old 08-05-2011, 07:07 AM   #105
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depends on the person, ive been on solo trips and got pretty lonely so i do prefer riding with someone but i do know riders that prefer to ride alone on trips
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