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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..... 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.
Here is another aspect of riding (and especially touring) alone.You are much more approachable when stopped for a break or a meal than if you are with a group. I have regaled a restaurant full of locals with stories of the road because they are amazed that someone would venture so far from home alone and on two wheels. Many of them have never ventured further than the next county their entire lives.
I love to poke around on remote roads all by myself. Nothing feels more free. Once I'm on the bike I don't want to stop. My bikes have never let me down. I've been to some amazing spots I couldn't have found if I tried. KJ
'good point & quite correct. When you are traveling in a clump you tend to stick to the clump and people tend to avoid you. When you are solo you are much more approachable and people tend to strike up a conversation much more easily. A solo rider with plates from a few thousand miles away tends to capture people's imagination, at least it has with me. They want to know where you are headed and why. Flying over a place only gives you a rough idea of what it's about. Driving gives you a ground level view but unless you get off the interstate and actually talk to folks,it's only partial. Riding solo on back roads let's you smell, taste, and feel a place & talking to the indigenous population helps you to understand its rhythms.
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