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post #21 of 31 (permalink) Unread 09-12-2019, 07:21 AM
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I ride mostly alone, but last June/July I rode with my brother-in-law and nephew through the Colorado Rockies. We did have a great time, we all 3 rode at similar speeds, and mostly enjoyed the same type of riding and scenery. Toward the end of our trip they had to head back to jobs and family, and I went off on my own to revisit places from my past. Going solo is very freeing.

Now back home in New England, I ride with an old friend from time to time, but mostly am on my own. I ride a lot, and really enjoy being able to spontaneously head here or there, maybe get a motel room instead of heading back home, and just exploring and finding new interesting places. Lot to be said for solo travel, on a bike, or any other travel mode. I also have a small camping trailer that I have pulled all over the place, again, solo. Great times.

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post #22 of 31 (permalink) Unread 09-12-2019, 08:15 AM
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Almost always alone. Its a brief time in my life when I don't have to worry about any time hack or schedule that I have to adhere to. Plus people who ride together always seem to be stopping for something. I just want to keep riding until I get to wherever Im camping.

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post #23 of 31 (permalink) Unread 09-12-2019, 01:48 PM
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These days I mostly ride alone but I am semi-retired so I go for 2-3 weeks sometimes and most others can't do that.
My wife will sometimes fly in to a place she wants to see or visit but mostly is happy for me to just ride.
I used to tour only with friends and it was usually good, shared memories and stories are good for friendships. But sometimes it can be frustrating getting consensus on plans.
My best tours have always been with just 1-2 friends, and very loose plans that are mostly decided on the fly.
Some of my most favorite memories come from those rides and I miss that those guys are not around any more.
But you should never feel that touring alone is somehow 'less than', do your best to enjoy the alone time.
You never know how long it will be before you get to do that again.
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I'm excited to discover this subforum exists!

I've done quite a bit of solo touring. Next April or May, depending on how early Spring comes, I'll find out how comfortable I am being alone for a long ride. To kick off my retirement from my present occupation, I'm going to take 6 weeks and tour through some of the western states on my Thruxton. It'll be what you see in the pic, plus a tank bag, and maybe a small screen.

My plan is to fairweather camp and motel it otherwise. I'm going take my time and cherry pick the best roads I can find on Butler Maps and other sites and zig zag my way wherever the wind blows me. I want to revisit some old favourite places and see some sights I haven't seen (Zion, Grand Canyon for example). It'll just be a process of picking approximate destinations and trying to link up favourable weather forecasts with good moto roads.

I don't really have much of a choice on the solo part, because I don't know anybody who is able to drop everything for 6 - 8 weeks and would want to do a ride like this. But I'm also happy to meet people to ride with along the way. It'd be especially fun to meet some of you, even if just for a day ride passing through.
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I've done quite a bit of solo touring. Next April or May, depending on how early Spring comes, I'll find out how comfortable I am being alone for a long ride. To kick off my retirement from my present occupation, I'm going to take 6 weeks and tour through some of the western states on my Thruxton. It'll be what you see in the pic, plus a tank bag, and maybe a small screen.



My plan is to fairweather camp and motel it otherwise. I'm going take my time and cherry pick the best roads I can find on Butler Maps and other sites and zig zag my way wherever the wind blows me. I want to revisit some old favourite places and see some sights I haven't seen (Zion, Grand Canyon for example). It'll just be a process of picking approximate destinations and trying to link up favourable weather forecasts with good moto roads.



I don't really have much of a choice on the solo part, because I don't know anybody who is able to drop everything for 6 - 8 weeks and would want to do a ride like this. But I'm also happy to meet people to ride with along the way. It'd be especially fun to meet some of you, even if just for a day ride passing through.
That sounds like fun! ... but you may want the upright riding position of the Speed Twin before you finish.
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post #26 of 31 (permalink) Unread 09-13-2019, 09:09 PM
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I'm curious how many of you tour alone and do you enjoy it?

I'm actually in the middle of my two week vacation. I headed out this past Saturday on a 5,800 mile solo trip only to turn around 300 miles in. I just didn't feel it. The idea of long days and solo nights and I just didn't feel like it afterall. With that said, I'm considering setting out Thursday for an abbreviated version of the trip with some shorter days.

Everyone I told about my trip asked if I was going with anyone and it was odd telling them I was going solo.

Do y'all tour alone? And, do you ever wish you were out there with others?
It's always more fun to go in a group, but when you go on your own it's about the trip the ride, you mention long days that is not how you ride solo.
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Once again, thank you everyone for the replies.

It actually turned out to be a good thing that I didn't end up going on my trip (personal things ended up happening that I would have hated being 3000 miles away from).

With that said, @steve betts , it's probably a long shot, but if you come through TX, let me/us know. And, even if you don't, please make sure to post up ride report(s).

And @Qubie41 , I've been giving the trip a lot of thought and I think you are right. There was a reason behind where I was going and it necessitated long miles, but that was one of the issues. Next time, it'll be a loser schedule.

I say "next time" because I don't think it'll be next year. I also ride bicycles and I really, REALLY, want to complete the Trans American bike route (from Astoria, OR to Yorktown, VA). Last year, I rode it from Marshfield, MO to Yorktown and I'd like to do the whole thing.

"Most people just get swept along with life, they don't work for what they want. Think of every person you know who spends all their leisure time watching TV or getting drunk. These people don't know they're living 'till they're on their death bed."
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I do sometimes, I can cover more ground for long trips. Its quicker at your own pace. I do like group travel too, more of a party.
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post #29 of 31 (permalink) Unread 10-10-2019, 03:01 AM
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You have to be in the right frame-of-mind for solo touring and have to like your own company. Quite a few people have expressed surprise, over the years, that I like touring by myself (they couldn't do it), but I can set my own pace and not have to worry about anyone else. My wife and I go away together for a holiday, usually by car, but she often urges me to go away somewhere by myself on the bike.
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post #30 of 31 (permalink) Unread 10-10-2019, 07:53 AM
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I do the majority of my riding solo , it's an adventure . It is always fun to have a group of friends to share it with as well
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