OK, I'll stick my neck out here, so don't give me too much crap, but this is something I've noticed I've been dealing with increasingly on my solo rides. First, I've always been a solo rider, pretty much wherever I go, no matter how long or remote. From 1K - 8K rides, I'll go solo. When riding alone, I get to go at my own pace (usually pretty fast and hard), stop when I want, explore spontaneously when I want, eat when and what I want, etc. etc. I've usually always enjoyed it, found the solitude a nice reprieve from family, work, and all else. After getting divorced, things started to change. I went on more rides with my girlfriend. That definitely hampered the really aggressive riding, but I started to enjoy it. We haven't gone on a long ride in a long time, and not sure if it's even in the cards anymore given the uncertain state of our relationship. Fast forward to my recent trips. When I head out alone now, I still love the riding, especially when it's technical and challenging. And I love searching for the most beautiful views and scenery I can find. That's food for my soul. But I find myself struggling more and more with feelings of loneliness as the hours, days and miles go by. Camping at night alone, shacking up in a shitty motel alone, eating alone. I don't want to ride in a big pack. That just doesn't look fun. But it does strike me that most everyone else is riding with company. The guys I know from work and other things don't ride, so that's not an option. They do the typical vacation stuff, golf, family trips, whatever. Those don't sound anywhere near as adventurous, fun and rewarding as exploring on a bike. Most people think I'm crazy for riding - too dangerous, I have too many injuries already, it's too hard, whatever. However, if I keep wrestling with the loneliness factor every time I strike out into the mountains or hinterland, it's going to make me wonder whether my motorcycle journeys are worth it. I'm assuming that some of you must deal with this too? If so, how do you make it work for you? Suggestions are absolutely welcome.