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Riding in solitude.
« on: December 06, 2018, 09:13:59 PM »
If you like riding in solitude it is hard to beat Kansas anywhere west of I-!35.



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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2018, 09:16:42 PM »
 Yep,for solitude it is hard to beat the high plains , or the road to Hewins .

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2018, 09:46:19 PM »
Solo is my preferred travel mode!

Just a handful of folks I enjoy riding with.   Including you John. 

Fondly remember crossing over into Missouri on that ferry in 117 degree heat, and being pleasantly surprised at the roads which lay on the other side.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2018, 10:16:36 PM »
When I ride alone, I prefer to be by myself.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2018, 10:32:40 PM »
 :thumb see below :thumb:
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Not anti social, pro solitude.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2018, 11:24:18 PM »
I like riding alone, too.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2018, 11:33:26 PM »
Just completed two ten hour days returning home from two separate motorcycle events on the East Coast of Australia.
Nothing better than hitting the "take me home" button on the GPS, putting the Bluetooth Helmet Speakers on and heading west stopping only for coffee and fuel.
That after enjoying a group ride to get to both events in the first place.


I enjoy the solitude as much as I enjoy the company.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2018, 12:54:07 AM »
I reckon I felt that riding back from the Arctic Circle


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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2018, 06:05:13 AM »
There are a lot of fun curvy roads in middle TN where you will be in solitude with the exception of going and coming from work times, and then it is the dozen or so people who might live off those roads. 

The beauty of interstates and state highways are that they keep most people off the back roads.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2018, 06:10:56 AM »
Sometimes and some places, an interstate is an interesting experience. But it doesn't feel like a real solitude adventure like an empty rural US , state or county road arrowing off through the scenery.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2018, 06:50:30 AM »
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Fondly remember crossing over into Missouri on that ferry in 117 degree heat, and being pleasantly surprised at the roads which lay on the other side.
That was a nice ride, pleasantly surprised! Did enjoy the company that day. :thumb:
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2018, 06:56:07 AM »
300k on motorcycles...

Divided by an average speed of....35mph?

300,000 /35=8571 hours.....

8571 hrs divided by a 40 hr work week=214 work weeks

214 40 hr work weeks equals 4.28 years of riding...at 35mph avg

4.28 yrs of riding in solitude avg 35 mph during a 40 hr work week.....

Introvert much?

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2018, 07:18:14 AM »
I'll admit, the solitude is a large part of why I love motorcycles so much. I throw a leg over, start the bike, kickstand up, close my visor and roll out. At that point, I'm in my own little world. Just me, and the machine that needs me. We complete each other, we are the perfect Yin and Yang.

This is a large part of why I have no desire to move closer to where I work. That 45 minute ride is my own personal paradise.   :bike-037:
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2018, 07:42:46 AM »
I prefer to ride alone, have had enough of riding in groups. There are still a couple of guys I'll run with. As far as being alone on the road, doesn't happen often in my little state.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2018, 08:03:04 AM »
I absolutely treasure the solitude of riding and touring alone but there are limits... Rode Hwy 50 through Utah and Nevada going to the MGNOC National in Grass Valley, CA in 2001. 50 to 60 miles between towns gets a little spooky. As the sun started to set it made me think: What would happen if the Quota started acting up?
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2018, 08:24:18 AM »
I ride alone for the most part, but the solitude hasn't been the same since I installed a Bluetooth unit in my helmet. I think it will be a positive addition however; weather alerts, routing instructions, calls from mi esposa, and all that. Still, I think I'll keep a couple of extra helmets around for when I want the world to go away...
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2018, 08:33:31 AM »
Flying gliders is a great solitude experience. I generally fly without a radio and generally by myself. I feel like I have escaped earth and nothing can interfere with me until I land, totally in my own little world and totally self reliant.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2018, 09:31:23 AM »
While I do enjoy riding with my group of friends, I also prefer solo rides in the end. especially if I feel the need to think stuff through, to unwind or have a one on one ride with God and enjoy the beauty of the countryside. BK

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2018, 09:37:53 AM »
For some, riding is a social event. For others, an escape from having to socialize.

For me, motorcycling is meditation. The engine sings a mantra and the mind empties of thoughts not necessary to steering around the curves or pondering the zen of the scenery.

Iím happily married and have solid friendships, but Iíve never had anyone on the passenger seats of the three Guzzis Iíve owned. Iíve attended a couple of rallies to talk bikes, but rode there and back solo. I have on rare occasions enjoyed a group ride, but adjusting my pace to the lowest common denominator and surrendering the ability to veer off the planned route takes some of the fun out of it.

Itís only partly because Iím an anti-social bastard at heart. My jobs have always required dealing with fellow humans of all stripes. I can pass for good company and love hearing interesting people tell their stories.

But my bike is a rolling Fortress of Solitude. Iím lucky to live on the edge of a bustling city where I can ride 15 minutes in any direction and be on a winding road where only an occasional car needs passing. I can almost always manage to get deliciously lost and see new sights.

This forum allows me to participate vicariously in your rides, get and share information on the care and feeding of these quirky Italian bikes, and rub up against personalities both endearing and prickly without hangovers or fisticuffs.

Itís cheaper than therapy.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2018, 11:43:20 AM »
There is so much noise in the world today its a treat to get away from it any way you can.

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Unless it's Fay's voice in my ear over the Sena as we ride the country together.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2018, 12:37:00 PM »
For some, riding is a social event. For others, an escape from having to socialize.

For me, motorcycling is meditation. The engine sings a mantra and the mind empties of thoughts not necessary to steering around the curves or pondering the zen of the scenery.

Iím happily married and have solid friendships, but Iíve never had anyone on the passenger seats of the three Guzzis Iíve owned. Iíve attended a couple of rallies to talk bikes, but rode there and back solo. I have on rare occasions enjoyed a group ride, but adjusting my pace to the lowest common denominator and surrendering the ability to veer off the planned route takes some of the fun out of it.

Itís only partly because Iím an anti-social bastard at heart. My jobs have always required dealing with fellow humans of all stripes. I can pass for good company and love hearing interesting people tell their stories.

But my bike is a rolling Fortress of Solitude. Iím lucky to live on the edge of a bustling city where I can ride 15 minutes in any direction and be on a winding road where only an occasional car needs passing. I can almost always manage to get deliciously lost and see new sights.

This forum allows me to participate vicariously in your rides, get and share information on the care and feeding of these quirky Italian bikes, and rub up against personalities both endearing and prickly without hangovers or fisticuffs.

Itís cheaper than therapy.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2018, 03:55:55 PM »
For some, riding is a social event. For others, an escape from having to socialize.

For me, motorcycling is meditation. The engine sings a mantra and the mind empties of thoughts not necessary to steering around the curves or pondering the zen of the scenery.

Iím happily married and have solid friendships, but Iíve never had anyone on the passenger seats of the three Guzzis Iíve owned. Iíve attended a couple of rallies to talk bikes, but rode there and back solo. I have on rare occasions enjoyed a group ride, but adjusting my pace to the lowest common denominator and surrendering the ability to veer off the planned route takes some of the fun out of it.

Itís only partly because Iím an anti-social bastard at heart. My jobs have always required dealing with fellow humans of all stripes. I can pass for good company and love hearing interesting people tell their stories.

But my bike is a rolling Fortress of Solitude. Iím lucky to live on the edge of a bustling city where I can ride 15 minutes in any direction and be on a winding road where only an occasional car needs passing. I can almost always manage to get deliciously lost and see new sights.

This forum allows me to participate vicariously in your rides, get and share information on the care and feeding of these quirky Italian bikes, and rub up against personalities both endearing and prickly without hangovers or fisticuffs.

Itís cheaper than therapy.


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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2018, 05:17:49 PM »
Flying gliders is a great solitude experience. I generally fly without a radio and generally by myself. I feel like I have escaped earth and nothing can interfere with me until I land, totally in my own little world and totally self reliant.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2018, 06:59:58 PM »
I don't do "group" rides where you just show up to an unknow group of folks. I don't do rally's as that's not my thing. I do have a select very small group of friends I ride/travel with and its great. We all get along and can ebb and flow as needed. I also like to ride solo its a different experience.

Traveling alone is exceptionally fun for 2 or 3 days then it get a bit lonely.
 

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« Reply #24 on: December 07, 2018, 07:50:24 PM »
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John, there is a glider club that I go by everyday when I'm working. It's in Davie county, NC, on NC 801. Just wondering if you may know those guys.
Thats about 800+ miles east of me. I don't fly out of my region nor contest fly so I really only know local pilots. It is a small community socially.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #25 on: December 07, 2018, 07:51:39 PM »
Riding alone in solitude is magical. If I wasn't married to the Fabulous Mrs Wavedog I would be a solo motorcycle vagabond following the seasons around the country. Or I would have sailed solo over the horizon and disappeared. Fortunately for me, the Fabulous Mrs Wavedog has held an incredible fascination for me and has kept my head in reality for 38 years and my life is better for it.
 Now days I ride with one or two friends for health reasons.

 Once I did get to spend 28 days on the road riding and camping by myself.  I discovered that I am ok with what goes on inside my helmet.
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« Reply #26 on: December 07, 2018, 08:00:38 PM »
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Traveling alone is exceptionally fun for 2 or 3 days then it get a bit lonely.
I hear you but...I don't think I could describe myself as either an extrovert or an introvert, just right on that fence line.
When I am extended traveling alone and just for the sake of riding I find myself becoming more extroverted because I am more open to company and interaction. So at fuel stops, food stops and motels I meet new people and have some great interactions that I would have not have had otherwise. I also try to frequent the walk directly into your room motels (becoming less common) for one reason being that people tend to hang out outside creating more interaction opportunities. YMMV.
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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2018, 08:56:57 PM »
Being on the fence of extrovert and introvert is described as ambivert as I typically am. With that said I do prefer solo riding unless with a couple of my closest friends.

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #28 on: December 08, 2018, 12:53:49 AM »
I kinda like riding by myself. I can go as fast or slow as I want and stop anywhere anytime for whatever reason. There are times though that it would be nice to have just a few riders along.

With that said. I was headed from Los Angeles to Yuma. Was riding alone except for the 60 bazillion cars on the freeway to San Diego. I stopped in El Centro for gas. Got back on the freeway and shortly 2 bikes came up to me. We were going about the same speed and headed the same place so I sped up a bit and rode behind them. Did I mention they were cruising at 80mph. We were all rolling along happily until two others came upon us. One of the two was easy to ride with, he knew how to ride in a group. The other guy scared the "S" out of me. I never knew where he was going to be, kept speeding and slowing. I think his buddy tamed him down. Then it was a pleasant hour ride with people that I did not know. Had a few cold ones at the Yuma Run with the guys I rode with. Nice bunch of guys. But when I headed home, it was just me and about 3 hours of desert until I hit SD, then the 60 bazillion cars again. Rats!!

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Re: Riding in solitude.
« Reply #29 on: December 08, 2018, 04:08:36 AM »










I reckon I felt that riding back from the Arctic Circle



Yes.
It's a bit like that North of the Arctic Circle..
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