Does solo = lonely?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Speeder54, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    I like this post a lot. I travel with my wife riding her own bike, but its not as fun as having a dog in a sidecar I'm sure :-) I really want to get another dog after loosing my best friend of 13 years. I promise to ride slow. But he would not care probably.
  2. rbomb

    rbomb Rather Be On My Bike

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    Years ago a group I worked with planned a trip to Vegas, not a motorcyle trip, and invited me. One by one people bailed for different reasons. I decided to go anyway, I was young, unattached, and had the money. One of the best, if not the best time I ever had. I liked not having to consider what someone else wanted to do, eat, go, etc.Did exactly what I wanted to do, ate ,drank, gambled,slept as much or as little as I wanted.:1drink I felt no need to impress or have to put up with anyones B.S. I met and party with all kinds of folks.:freaky Some I didn't like :puke1 so i just left guilt free.:wink::beer Mostly everyone met was great. Have done the Vegas thing solo many times since . You can meet some good people solo , I think it is because your more approachable, and you have to be more outgoing too. A very good confidence builder too. Try a few smaller solo before the big trip you may like it. To me it is the best way to go.
  3. wheatwhacker

    wheatwhacker It's raining here

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    I travel solo for most of my big trips. For weekend rides, I'll have some friends along.
    On the long trips, traveling alone is the best thing ever.
    You meet more people and never have to worry about pleasing anybody else.
  4. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    I loved traveling solo in South America, it's really easy to meet people but I would never want to travel solo here in Australia .
  5. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    Why is that? The Geography (dangerous?) or the people (dangerous)? :ear
  6. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    If your like me, and I know I am,
    most of the time, the voices in my head are loud enough to keep me company.. :huh
  7. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    You have that problem too?I wish they'd shut the heck up and let me ride. :lol3
  8. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    I think it's because the South Americans are very talkative, curious, interested in what I was doing etc. I couldn't pull up in a campsite in Argentina without being invited to someones BBQ, for example. Here in Australia I'd die of boredom on the road I reckon.
  9. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    That is what I was referring to. I am sure I would not be bored. I heard Australia is pretty rough as far as the conditions AND some of the people in the remote places. I like the remote conditions but I am not looking for any excitement. It is only a dream right now and would probably never happen but a 1-2 month trip all around your country has been on my mind for years. Out in the middle of the country you must have the darkest skies! Lack of dark skies is one of the draw backs on being an amateur astronomer 50 miles from NYC...
  10. Llamaha

    Llamaha Been here awhile

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    Actually I believe that would be another win for South America, the Atacama desert in Chile has the worlds clearest skies (or at least that's what they told me when I was there).

    This was late afternoon with just a polariser filter: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vdrFnm3AbBY/ToU8cphUgxI/AAAAAAAACoI/XWgcOdRA_q8/s720/IMG_3833.jpg
  11. Daners5150

    Daners5150 Adventurer

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    solo = awesome

    I like travelling on my own. I've been all over the world and the most memorable times (most of them) are those I had when I cast the chains of companionship. On a trip as long SA and back, you'll meet people along the way, ride with them as far as they want to go and then part ways. One of the best riding partners I had I never spoke to. Riding up the coast of California on my KLR, I passed a guy on a 1200GS. We followed each other for miles. He stayed on 101, I got off on 1. A wave was our greeting and parting. Never a word and never a stop. Just riding.

    Stuff like that happens all over the world. The Australian girls I met in France is for a different website...

    solo is the only way to go.
  12. JDK111

    JDK111 Been here awhile

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  13. 100mpg

    100mpg Self Imposed Exile

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    That is true, the worlds driest climate. Supposedly never rains there. Nothing grows, even bacteria.
  14. ThanatosF

    ThanatosF Been here awhile

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    I've been lurking on here for a while now even though I have an account I haven't signed into forever...but this statement made me reset my password and re-enter! Well said man, well said.
  15. Ponies ate my Bagel

    Ponies ate my Bagel Bisexual Bandit

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    I prefer to ride alone, my mind races 100mph at all times except when I'm riding. The minute the bike shuts off it goes back to racing, I honestly get very internal and don't talk much. It makes it weird when people suddenly show up, sometimes it's hard for me to use my words after a day or 2 alone internalizing everything.

    I think I would make a good hermit, I'm beginning to dislike social interaction more and more. All I want to talk about with other people is riding, guns, fishing, metal detecting and the outdoors. I have great people skills and I use them at work, but it's like I'm a different person at work with a separate personality. When I get home I usually stay really quiet the rest of the day while my wife runs her mouth.
  16. hardpackrider

    hardpackrider Been here awhile

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    Great thread. In fact, I'm not sure I've read a more powerful one. So many great points. We are here alone. So true. No matter the family children, job (f$&king job), friends. I mean, it was a light switch for me. I grew up riding dirt bikes on a small farm in the middle of nowhere.. then married got rid of the bikes. then at about 47 got my xr650L. great bike. til I rode friends GSA. Almost two years of saving, and I got my own. But all I do is think about riding, and honestly, most of that thinking has me riding alone. I'm doing the 600+ breaking service this weekend... then will be continuing the accumulation of tools, parts, gear and (thanks to this forum) knowledge, and wisdom about riding, so i'm as prepared as i feel i need to be, to set out.. alone. Such a strong drive for this. When i say it was like a switch.. i don't think i've felt a stronger motivation. yeah, turning 50.. gonna be dead soon, all that, i'm sure is part of it..but, it's just a part of me every waking moment... of everyday. On my commute, at work on smartphone, it's this forum, and the powerful desire to travel, and see new places. Go new places. And most importantly...to just ride and think. To the OP's question, totally ready and will gladly ride alone, and in doing so, hopefully continue to learn more about myself (that guy I seem to be spending a lot of time with lately anyhow... :-)

    thanks to all for their thoughts I truly enjoyed them.


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  17. KradmelderSA

    KradmelderSA Banned

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    I prefer solo. I dont get lonely. Can always keep in touch with blackberry etc. The only time I have been lonely is when I was married.

    Solo gives you option of changing your route as you like, stopping when you want, staying an extra day somewhere etc. And you meet many more people. The only times it isnt so nice is when things go south, and no one can hear you scream. Then you must sort it out yourself, but this is what being a man is alll about: being able to stand on your own 2 feet, have emotional strength backbone, and draw deep down and push on with the real biker spirit. Ive had a fall pinned under the bike, pouring rain and on snot mud, with the smell of leaking petrol. You find the strength, to get back up and soldier on. No one will come around for hours if not days to sort out your shit. Each time you come out of it a stronger more self reliant man with greater wisdom

    Solo to remote places is real adventure riding. Is this not what it is all about? If you dont have the self confidence to sort out your own shit, then are you in the right sport?
  18. KradmelderSA

    KradmelderSA Banned

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    Your post to me sums up the best of what I have seen in american people. The voice of a free spirit sick and tired of the BS their world has become and prepared to find another way.

    Its not just the USA. The whole western world is sinking into a multiculti, PC, liberal cesspool where no one can speak their mind for fear of a dreaded label. Soft, spoilt, lazy, rotten with a huge sense of entitlement.

    Greetings Boeta
  19. CHAOSHUMOUR

    CHAOSHUMOUR THE UNSANE

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    Hey 243.

    This has me interested. New to the site, is there somewhere to order ADVANCED stickers?

    CHAOS!
  20. lexluther11

    lexluther11 Ride,Eat,Rest-Repeat

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