Travelling alone?

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

  1. sundog406

    sundog406 Adventurer

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    Enjoyed your extended post, which showed up on my email but not here. Maybe that's the way you intended it, but I wanted to take a second to acknowledge the time you took to vent about your experience riding with a friend who wasn't on the same page. It just doesn't seem like it should be that hard to be a good riding companion, does it? Take a trip with someone, though, and their PITA tendencies, if they have any, emerge quickly. Or, honestly, it could be your own PITA tendencies that don't mesh with their way of doing things. As a general rule, when three of four guys are swearing off ever including the fourth on another trip, it's usually pretty clear where the problem lies.
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  2. Cameleer

    Cameleer Europe, three days at a time.

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  3. bmp72

    bmp72 '16 NC750XD, '15 Wave110i, '15 WR250X, '81 FXB

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    Still, he totally lacked the 'joie de vivre' and the plain wonderment and happiness of seeing new places I associate with big multiday motorcycle trips...
  4. OhioKLR

    OhioKLR When in doubt, throttle out

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    Every year I travel alone. My first adventure was the Trans West Virginia trail, The Kentucky adventure trail last year, and this year I'll be doing the TAT from Tennessee to Oklahoma then ride RT66 back home from there. I love the feeling of being self sufficient, alone to your own devices in remote areas. Scared exciting and relaxing all at the same time. Doing whatever you want when you want. Take in the scenery and enjoy the ride.
  5. Erinaceous

    Erinaceous ...................O#O

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    Maine is mostly woods and where I go to be alone it is deep woods. No cell. Nada.
    One night asleep in my Hennessey hammock I was awoken to the sound of something
    coming through the woods right towards me. It didn't care if it made noise. It just
    kept coming. Laying there with that coming at you a lot goes through your mind;
    fox, raccoon, deer, bigfoot, it could be anything. I was hanging a couple feet off
    the ground and as it came closer it became obvious it was not going to stop and
    I was waiting for it to hit me.....nothing. It just kept on going like I wasn't even there.
    Never found out what it was. I just laid there listening for a while and then *poof*
    woke up around 4:00 with the birds chirping.

    Don't really care what it was. The big picture is that it was a privilege to be in
    that creatures living room for a night.
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  6. Knobbie

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  7. Drwnite

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    Traveling alone will without doubt broaden your horizons!

    I do most of the time, 9 months was the longest. I avoid city's and stick to back roads as often as possible. I've become way more self reliant, prepped and mechanically savvy. I've met people from every background imaginable! Innumerable life long memories and friends also! I'm comfortable with my own company, so when out camping a good book is a good friend, not to mention a bottle of red and or Jamesons the solitude, scenery and wildlife! I've also found I've learnt to converse in any number of languages, I'm not fluent in any other than a few pleasantries, english and drunkenese :thumbup Hand signals, drawings, google translate, whatever works and it's fun not to mention educational! I've never really yearned for company other than feminine from time to time, Ok, Ok a bit more often! :arch

    I've met the best people in service stations, road side stops, camping and of course, off the beaten track pubs :D
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  8. kojack06

    kojack06 Long timer

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    Just remember that people in sleeping bags are the soft breakfast tacos of the bear wotld! (Saw that somewhere on the Internet awhile back...):D
  9. Erinaceous

    Erinaceous ...................O#O

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    ...and here I was thinking that my hammock was a bears Piñata
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  10. Sitheach86

    Sitheach86 Long timer

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    I lived in Carmel Maine for 19 years. I shared my back yard with coyotes/wolves most of those years.
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  11. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    I’m planning a very long ride (south) next year. An old friend recently invited himself along. The guy is like a brother, though we’ve never ridden together.

    I proposed that we ride north (Canada/Alaska) for 2-3 weeks to “see how the bikes do” though the main gist will be to see how we get along on a multi-day ride (4+ months).

    We’ll see how it shakes out. Maybe I’ll be riding solo after all.
  12. Knobbie

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    Just a suggestion, there will be trade offs. But I think you can do both and have great time. Riding with a buddy or two is like playing tennis. In tennis you just can't play against someone a lot better or worse then you are. You can't ride with someone with dramatically different rhythms, long stops at every gas station vs 600 mile days, camping vs motels,... The differences go on and on. It's a good idea to do a shakedown trip to find out.


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  13. Steertire

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    I traveled the country alone for years and years. It can get old seeing things and having no one to share it with. But now we have Instagram and the internet to amass followers and share things with the world. But you are still alone. Even if you manage to be the most charming person in the world and have a companion in every place you stay, its not the same thing as having someone with you all the time to share everything with.
  14. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    I ride solo a lot, mainly down into Baja. For the 30-day ride to Inuvik (“It’s pronounced InYouVick...I think”), I did a series of pre-rides with a new friend...just to verify compatibility. We overnight bike camped at least 4 times before that monthlong ride and sure enough, it turned out he was the perfect riding partner.

    I highly recommend it.
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  15. KevinP65

    KevinP65 Been here awhile

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    ^^^^ It can be great when that happens. It did for me once, too. Hope the feeling stays and enjoy the heck out of it; and, hope that you have a great ride(s).
  16. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Hi retroone, sorry but I only just spotted your kind offer, perhaps this year if I'm passing near by. This year's trip is from Louisiana to Seattle via Key West starting March 1st.
    Regards, Mark.
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  17. Menhir

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    I don't ride alone because I'm anti-social. I've just found that if I wait for others to go on a trip, the waiting happens...and the trip doesn't.

    I've ridden with groups and individuals on some weekend trips and I've enjoyed it. There was a plan, they were prepared, and for the most part, interests didn't clash. There was also latitude at the destination for individuals to maybe visit "a" for the day while others might choose to go to "b." "No problem, see ya later at the camp and have fun." As long as it didn't hinder the trip as a whole, all was good. I'm just as willing to compromise as I expect the other(s) are to make things work.

    When I ride alone I stop when I want, eat when I want, travel the roads I want, visit the places I want, change my plans on the fly as I want, and (this is the hard part) live with myself as much as I want. :D

    Sometimes there's boredom...If you look at it that way. But I've come to realize that every moment does not have to be filled with activity. Sometimes I get a long rainy day when I'm camping in an area where there's not much else to do beside try to stay dry. I make sure I have an interesting book on hand or, if there's service available, cruise the interwebs.
    Maybe I'll make some plans for the next days riding.
    Or just relax and take time to listen the roses sing and stop and smell the birdies.

    There are times when we all would like a quite day off without the phone ringing, without the office calling, without thinking about mowing the lawn or painting the porch. Those are one of those times.

    In short, I plan for it.
  18. *kartman*

    *kartman* GO Bacon GO !

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    I think I watched the same movie lately with my girlfriend. We both had the same opinion afterwards: How "unnecessary" to do this trip if you don't have any fun doing it, waste a lot of money and don't meet anyone along the road. On the other hand I can still understand him somehow, so absolutely no judgement there.

    I'm planning to do the Trans Euro Trail through sweden and norway this summer. It'll be my first solo (so far) multi-week ride and will sure take me on my personal borders. Will see what happens ...
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  19. KevinP65

    KevinP65 Been here awhile

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    Well, I did a 4.5K trip last fall, by myself, and it was just great. Of course I did get to see a couple of friends along the way that I hadn't spent time with for a good while. One I had only talked or corresponded with since 83. He was sitting at the campground when I pulled in. Darn it was great to see him and talk with him in person again. The other friend I had last visited with in 02 and it was great to visit with him, too. Neither is into MCs, however--oh well.
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  20. Mountain_Vrodder

    Mountain_Vrodder Been here awhile

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    How long did it take to cover the 4.5k miles? Granted it could have been done in 2 weeks or 2 months but just curious.