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Touring alone

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?

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I ride alone on most of my trips. Going to do a week up to Colorado Springs and back in a couple of weeks. I rather ride alone.
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I invite people then they pull out and I still go. Lots of talk for months 'we gotta go here and there and Camp etc'. But most of my riding mates have youngish kids and wives. I take my kid MX camping then the following week I'm free.
Plus I always find dirt and it things the herd a bit.

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I normally tour with my better half, but sometimes do tour alone. While i enjoy the company, I have a great time in the solitude of traveling alone.

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I tour alone and love it. Get to make impulsive decisions without coordinating with anyone else. No one else to worry about. I like the quiet, and find it healthy to get used to the solitude. And, you can always strike up conversations with folks as you go as you like.

I wasn't always like that though. I grew up in New England, lots of people with no space between the towns. (When I moved to the midwest I was really confused by the idea that there was land not owned by the town or city. What's a county?) I think that made me used to being around people. I was an outdoors guy, got a couple degrees in Wildlife Biology, but still being along bothered me. I went camping in the Green Mts alone once and just felt lost the entire time, uncomfortable being alone. Was offered a position in Alaska and didn't take it because it was too remote and lonely.

Now, I don't know what changed. Time living in sparsely-populated rural midwest, or just age. But I can now totally see me living alone in a cabin in the woods. I'm pretty damn comfortable that way, and I've grown to like the quiet quite a bit.



I travel with wife sometimes too, that is good but it's more a "vacation" than a "tour". Shorter days, more stops, etc. It's fun, but there aren't that many people who are good travel partners in the world. I just got lucky when I married one.
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I tour and backpack alone. I also travel the world alone too. I will say though, it's something you build up to, not just something that comes naturally. So don't feel bad about "not feeling it." Even now, sometimes I'll do exactly what you did, other times I'll hike Australia for 10 days by myself.

I'd start with just an overnight. Maybe even just a long day. See how it feels. Remember that a feeling of "discomfort" isn't a bad thing, it just means something is new/hard. Think of exercise: you're uncomfortable while you're doing it (muscles hurt, etc...), you might even be uncomfortable for a couple days after (sore). But as long as you build up to it and don't push too hard, you won't injure yourself and your body will be better off for it.

Mental exercises are the same way (meditation, math, aloneness, etc...). Discomfort just means you're trying something new. If you want the discomfort to go away, you're just going to have to practice at it.

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I'm curious how many of you tour alone and do you enjoy it?
I primarily tour alone and I enjoy it immensely... I have a toured with another rider but there are only a few riders I enjoy travelling with. So I choose to take extended roads trip alone.

I have ridden all over the Western US as well as the Southern states. Western Canada, Baja and mainland Mexico too. My trips average 2-3 weeks generally and I camp for the most part.

If you aren't comfortable riding/touring alone for an extended time then don't. If you feel you need a travelling companion, I would recommend you do a 2-3 day shakedown trip before heading off for an extended trip to make sure you are compatible with your travelling companion. Personality wise and to be comfortable with their riding skills. There would be nothing I could imagine being worse than spending 2-3 weeks on the road with someone I don't mesh well with... if they are not a competent rider that would be putting yourself in harms way. It's dangerous enough riding a motorcycle these days, but to have an incompetent riding companion would not be an enjoyable safe trip.

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Hey Bob, how you been?

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I probably need an intervention because of the bikes that keep 'following' me home. Current garage:
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All is good Scott... Just got home from First Thursday Bike Night. I haven't seen you there this year and you have been missed.

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Life has been owning me this year, friend. 80hr work weeks. I even cancelled my summer moto tour!

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