Travelling alone?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by dixiethedog, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. phoenixGSA

    phoenixGSA Adventurer

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    [QUOTE=" All those years with a bunch of needy people in tow and now freedom. Never looking back.

    Motorcycling is becoming more and more something I'd just as soon do alone. I'm never lonely, never bored, and listening to people complain that I didn't meet their petty needs has left a bitter taste in my mouth.
    There comes that time when you just go your way and worry about your own needs, your own pace.


    It's a funny thing when your give a shit wears out and you do as you please. Those people who want you to make it all happen then beat you up when things don't, have wasted enough of my life.
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    I know exactly what you mean. Been there.
  2. vt1099ace

    vt1099ace Been here awhile

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    I've been doing everything solo pretty much my whole life...no brothers/sisters growing up so I've learned to entertain myself, not many friends in all the schools I've had (military brat, moved a lot) even after dad retired and we settled into suburbia america and he got a regular civilian job I was pretty much a loner with at best half dozen friends in school and one or two around home. Even now I'm not married, no kids (at those typical ages people hook up and get serious about settling down I was in hospital being kept alive by the machine that goes 'piiiiing' and trying to put my life back together)...Now I sit in a cubicle and stare at a computer and dream of just 'going'...but now I'm facing more surgery to fix those things that put my hospital before and am more alone than ever since even my parents are gone and any extended family doesn't want to have anything to do with me (falling out with mom that's been transferred to me and dad lost touch with his family during the WWII).

    So in short I plan alone, ride alone, camp alone...that's just how it's always been, always wanted to find that "soul mate"...but I think she's hooked up with one of those 7,000 other me out there...after all, when someone says "your one in a million" that means in a world of 7 BILLION, there are 7,000 others JUST LIKE ME!...
  3. yair1956

    yair1956 Been here awhile

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    Most of my long distance trips are solo trips, I just ended up 60 days 12K miles cross (Canada) country trip, camping 90% of the time. Riding solo, needless to say, got, like anything else in life advantages and some disadvantages, it is all about how you Pre-Tuned yourself mentally & sociologically ..... besides, in most cases this is the only option when it comes to ,real, long distance many days trips, so it's either ride solo or stay at home.
    Cheers

    Yair
  4. AdamWinebarger

    AdamWinebarger 2 truths in life 1: Don't say everything you know.

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    Usually, a ride ends up being a spur of the moment thing for me. Don't really plan on going out, and when I do I don't usually have a specific destination in mind. Planning to run the TAT solo next summer and that will likely be solo because I don't know very many people who could take a month off from their lives to go offroading across the country.
  5. Elad

    Elad Support our Troops and President

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    10k miles alone since June 24th I like it
  6. Mountain_Vrodder

    Mountain_Vrodder Been here awhile

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    As in june 24th 3 weeks ago? Thats a pretty impressive pace.
  7. Elad

    Elad Support our Troops and President

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  8. AustinRT

    AustinRT Been here awhile

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    Averaging 476 miles a day on that scooter? That IS impressive.
  9. Elad

    Elad Support our Troops and President

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    Not impressive just my schedule my route my pace self dicipline with only 2 planned destinations and others were all whatever were convenient. It was easy
  10. Kendra_0310

    Kendra_0310 n00b

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    Well, as for me, I find motorcycle traveling as my "me time". I don't need distractions so I prefer it that way.
  11. RTODAHL01

    RTODAHL01 Been here awhile

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    I agree with this post 100% people are great when given a chance.
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  12. barefoot

    barefoot Frustrated Rock Star

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    I love the road trip. By truck or car sometimes, but my preference is by motorbike. I work for a living so trips longer than two weeks are rare (as in I've never done it). I'm unmarried, no kids, and pretty introverted, so solo trips are the only kind I know.

    I'm astounded by the guy who posted about his Canada trip on the first page - I've never been so socially adept, but I'm trying. On most trips, about a day or two before I start heading home, I'll have a day where the loneliness gets me down a bit. I'm tired of taking pictures, don't feel like exploring, etc. - I know it's coming, and it passes eventually, and I don't let it keep me from doing what I enjoy.

    Truly I would love to take some of the great experiences I've had, some of the awesome vistas I've seen, and share them with a cute girl or even a good buddy whose company I enjoy, but that's never worked out and more's the pity. I think my social skills (or lack thereof) put off folks I meet along the way (or maybe it's that I'm ugly AF :D). I'm still gonna ride, though. I'm still going to find roads I haven't been down, exploring the mountains before returning to the flatlands, Glorying in the wide open spaces. It's never a perfect experience, but what in this life is ever perfect? It's still great, and it's better doing it alone than not doing it, right!?
  13. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    Solo rider here. For me it just adds to the adventure - to explore places on my own time and pace, or to stop and camp when I happen upon the perfect spot.

    I will ride with a group for day trips only, but for anything overnight it just has to be solo. Love it.

    M

    PS- I'm an introvert by nature so I "refuel" going solo.
  14. sundog406

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    Touring with others requires many compromises: route, number of days, miles per day, motels/campsites, restaurants, and on and on. If I want to make compromises, I'll stay home. At least that's what I tell myself. Maybe the truth is that I just haven't found the right riding buddy who is available when I'm available and likes to do things roughly the way I like to do them. I'm not all that flexible and getting less so the older I get. I don't get lonely on the road because I have a great wife who I'll be returning to soon enough.
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  15. Zonaboy

    Zonaboy n00b

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    I've never done am "alone" trip...I read about many and had a friend that used to do it and I really want to try it. I haven't had a bike in 10 years since I crashed my last one and have missed riding sooo much.

    That being said I just bought a new (for me) adventure bike and am gearing up to do this. Planning on doing just a weekend trip at first to work out some of the kinks. I've actually very excited for the solitude. The more I read of your guys travels just gets me more amped up to go.
  16. KLRWiley

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    With Socal, and overnight is a piece of cake with so many options. I am headed out to Anza Borrego tonight to check out the meteor shower, camp for the night, and head out in morning as it heats up, the nights are perfect around 70-75, but I don't want to be riding around in the 100+ heat, so its a great little getaway.

    You may find your self bored to death, you may find you love it, start with a short trip to find out how you like it. Once you setup camp your gonna have to spend a few hours with yourself, maybe you will hike, play guitar, read, etc. but you will need to be able to entertain yourself, or you may find you don't know what to do with yourself, and are just killing time.
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  17. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    And that reason alone is why you should do a solo trip!
    WTF do you "need company"??
    Don't get me wrong, l like nothing more than a few bevvies down the pub with me mates, or even a nice quiet meal with just me'n'the missus, but l LOVE
    solo riding, l LOVE booking into a cheap hotel/motel/lnn & just enjoying the peace of being in my own space (sorry, l don't do tents!), l LOVE meeting new people & chewing the cud with them................then l get back to my motorbike in the morning & the adventure starts all over again!
  18. Kayak Dancer

    Kayak Dancer Been here awhile

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    Been alone most of my life especially since divorce 40+ years ago. No close friends. Do almost all my activities alone. Don't worry when traveling by motorcycle especially camping, people will "adopt" you in resturaunts and at campsites if you are by yourself and are the least bit friendly. Take a walkabout the campgrounds in the evening and you will be amazed at the response. I ride, go out to eat, go to dances and on vacation up to several months by myself with no problem whatsoever. Try it!!!
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  19. Zapgarou

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    Yep the next trip I take will be by myself. Last October me and a longtime friend of mine headed out on
    a trip out west. I planned it for almost a year looking over various routes we could take on back roads.

    Even before we left my old buddy was bitching and griping about different things. I had planned on camping for most of the trip, he bitched about that wanting to stay in hotels. So, we agreed to split it up between camping and hotels.

    Then after we got on the road, his back was bothering him, his ass hurt, he’d start calling me on the Com’s to speed up I wasn't going fast enough. Hell, I wanted to just cruise along and enjoy the scenery, it wasn’t a race.

    On the 3rd day of the trip disaster struck when he was hit by a pickup truck just outside Post Texas.
    Luckily, he was not injured but his bike was damaged so that was the end of our western adventure.

    I was glad that he was not injured or killed but he admitted on the way home he was very nervous and the only reason he went along with me was because I asked him and he didn’t want to let me down.

    It’s definitely is nice to have a buddy ride along with you in case something happens but make sure that they can handle the trip you have planned.
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  20. sundog406

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    Just because someone is a friend doesn't mean they will be a compatible riding partner, at least on a multi-day trip. There are just too many variables where your preferences and ways of doing things won't match up. I haven't ridden with people in a situation where the itinerary was a collaborative decision. Usually one guy puts the ride together and the others go along for the ride. As a joiner (as opposed to the planner), I think it's best to keep your mouth shut and follow the leader with as much good humor as you can muster. I've learned from experience that some leaders don't want to be second guessed even when their route selection sucks. I can't ever remember a ride I was unhappy I went on, but there were a few that left me frustrated. One thing I can't stand is people who can't get going in the morning. I don't want to be out in the parking lot ready to go at the agreed upon time while one of the guys is still packing up his gear. Too set in my ways, I guess. No such frustration when I'm alone and making all the decisions and moving at my pace.