Travelling alone?

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

  1. lhendrik

    lhendrik Putins Puppet

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    My belief is that meeting people and having good interactions, be it a conversation, a beer, or more - is the reward for the hours you will spend in the saddle. When you get home, or old and you are remembering your tour, you will probably recall most vividly those interactions and the times you overcame some adversity, like a broken bike, or getting help from someone or getting lost so bad you were actually scared, or finding that great place to sleep or eat when you really needed to. I've been doing the long tours on the GSA for 5 or six years now and planning to go out again in a month to scare myself silly. That's what keeps me alive.
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  2. KLRWiley

    KLRWiley Wiley

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    left the music at home, instead spent the evening in silence listening to the desert, and watching the stars, the way it should be.
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  3. slobinski

    slobinski easily amused

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    As has been mentioned previously, traveling solo is a great way to meet up with other travelers in campgrounds, rest areas, or gas stations. I prefer solitude most of the time and make an effort to keep to myself, but after a while it's refreshing to converse with like-minded people on the road. Again, a solitary rider is not normally perceived as hostile by most folks; many times I've been invited to another campsite for a brew or even dinner by complete strangers. Somewhat restores my faith in humanity for a while. Most people are decent if given a chance. Even me.
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  4. raddad

    raddad Raddad

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    well said. Period. I like doing trips alone. Its pretty darn cool.
  5. eAyeAddio

    eAyeAddio RoadRunner

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  6. oleve

    oleve n00b

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    travellingalone,it looks like fun.full ofchallenges.[​IMG]
  7. choppahead

    choppahead Been here awhile

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    Last week, I did a 3 day, 2 nite, 800 mile solo ride. It's my prefered way to travel, either for an afternoon ride or a multi day trip. It is the ultimate freedom.

    I do notice though, due to the number of motorcycle travellers out there now and there are a lot, people in general seem less interested than in years past. Which is ok by me.

    This was my 3rd tour of the summer, the only solo one. I can't count the number of other bikes I've seen. And considering the volume of riders who wave going past, it's rare that one will acknowledge or speak to you at a stop. Weird that. YMMV
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  8. Cameleer

    Cameleer Europe, three days at a time.

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    Yup, it's weird how everyone is so friendly when riding but then be aloof and even somewhat hostile at the gas station when the helmets are off.


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  9. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    I wouldn't consider a wave to be "friendly". They tend to come across as a simple courtesy. As we know, not everyone returns a wave, either, and a few who do so can't seem to be bothered to lift more than a few fingers from the left hand grip.

    The foregoing isn't intended as a critique, but rather a personal perception based on years of observation. I agree that gas station encounters, when they occur, have the potential to be either aloof or chummy in equal measure.
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  10. bromax

    bromax Bromax

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    I ride in small groups off road and alone on extended trips.
    July 26 2017 i decided to start my ride north by going south from Edmonton Alberta to a place called Bottrell, Alberta.
    I had stopped on a side road for a snack when a motorhome pulls up and asks if i'm ok.
    An hour later i learned from the old driver what being a motorcycle cop in New York City was like in the 60, 70, and 80's.
    He was alone but never lonely either.
  11. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    I was travelling on a 3-day solo ride through the Chilcotin's (BC) and was stopped on a gravel road miles from nowhere to take some photos. Up rolled an older couple from Australia travelling in a 4x4 motorhome - they stopped to ask if I was OK. Turns out the gentlemen rode a KTM too and wanted to check out my ride! Was great to just chat for a few minutes (they offered me some fresh tea) and to know that in all the terrible stuff we hear about the world, there are still tonnes of decent folks, willing to stop to help out a complete stranger.

    I love travelling solo.

    m.
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  12. gt750

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    That makes me think that he "willed" the accident.

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  13. Zapgarou

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    Yea it seems so. Strange thing is there wasn't any traffic at all on the road. The truck came out of no where and wasn't there at the scene of the accident when I got there. The guy pulled up several minutes later after the EMS and Deputy's had arrived. He told me and the deputy's that he had fallen asleep at the wheel and though he hit something but wasn't sure.
    I really think he had second thoughts and came back to avoid a hit and run.

    I'm still scratching my head about all of it. Well like I said at least his isn't dead or crippled.
  14. Elad

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    It's hard to get tired of someone you can walk away from at any.moment
  15. AdvenchaB4Demencha

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    Wow, you have all affirmed for me what I felt though may not have known how to adequately put into words. I spent 4th of July week riding in West Texas and a bit of New Mexico (Big Bend Nat'l Park and Guadalupe Mtns). After I returned, I was trying to relate this certain euphoric sensation when a good friend described the experience of riding solo and seeing the sights as 'Cleansing'. Aha I thought, perfect word for it! Cleansing, the act of clearing out all the crap & cobwebs that clouds our minds and bodies during the work-a-day life. 'Cleansing', I wrote it on a print out of the attached photo to remind me to do it more often View attachment 955875 View attachment 955875 . Thank you all.
    I always travel with a book I've been wanting to re-read. Not one I haven't read yet (in case it is bad) but ones like 'Shibumi' or 'Zen & the art of motorcycle maintenance' or some travel log and usually am pretty busy thanking the almighty for allowing me to experience all this. then again, the Avanti anise flavored cigars and a flask of bourbon don't hurt either. AdvenchaB4Demencha
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  16. Knobbie

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    On the subject of a friend becoming a riding partner,...it doesn't work. Trust me.




    QUOTE="sundog406, post: 32960442, member: 398270"]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.[/QUOTE]
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  17. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    Had a big class A motor home pull up beside me one time riding from TX to NM. I was stopped at a truck stop stretching my legs and getting my other gloves from the rear pack. He told me he thought I could use some shade the RV provided while he went in the store.

    Tons of cool folks.
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  18. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    I watched 2 videos of a motorcyclist solo ride thousands of miles to Panama.

    One was funny and the guy spent a lot of time with the locals everywhere he went. Always joyful.

    The other one was so depressing it was hard to watch. He was always alone, sad, and miserable.

    You will learn about yourself going solo that's for sure.
  19. Braini

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    I've seen the second video. Guy got some harsh words for being negative while travelling. I did like it because it's unfiltered and shows the whole experience.
  20. Sitheach86

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    I can't really blame the guy too much. Rode a klr, had absolutely zero mechanical knowledge, it rained constantly and he had very poor gear choices.