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I have only done one decent overland trip, but did that on my todd because the guy I was supposed to go with couldn't get the cash together. It is definitely the way to go! The warmth of welcome I got off everyone I met was amazing - I think being alone makes you seem a lot less threatening and more approachable, so you get a lot more contact with the 'natives'
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When you travel alone people are always happy to approach you with , food or help. I've lost count of the times guy's come over with a just to look at your bike and 99% of the time they've had to leave theirs at home and take the family on hols in the car ! As for sharing hotel rooms one word..
"Snoring". Ear plugs just aren't enough, especially with my chainsaw going all night. The extra 20 Euro's for your own room would be money well spent !
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..99% times I prefer go alone...
1% time I meet someone (feminine mostly time) and I can allow share a part of road...
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Im a solo rider. I stop when I want to eat when an where I want to. Some days are long 800+ miles some short hops. If Im told where and what to stop for how long to ride for Id go nuts. Hell If I had to travil that way Id save the money and ride on a bus and get a backpack.

When I have goten to where I want to go I like to talk to people and talk to people on the way. Im not antisocial I gust like to go my way.

Riding with people seems to be just follow the leader and stay in some silly formation. Grate if your in to the cookie cuter Harley-Davidson mind set but hell if your not. Ever notice that many of the new Harley riders all look the same, dress the same, sound the same, talk the same, and ride the same, Individual most have a different definition in the official Harley handbook.
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Im a slut........

I love travelling with lots of differnt people but also like to break away on my own for a few days too..

I dont think i could travel with just one person for 6 months.. We´d drive each other mental !!

saying that, been on my own for 5 days now and im ready for some Quilmes with some other travellers now !
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Question The more the merrier?

Well, I can see the point you are making about solitary travel, but my thoughts have been towards getting a group of friends (or friends of friends) together and travel as a group.

My main inspirations are Terra Circa and Mondo Enduro, that´s what I´m looking for.

Besides sitting alone watching photos and giggling to myself I cant really understand the thrill of travel withhout anyone to share the experience or the memories with.

Sitting in a pub a rainy november friday evening, with your companion and a couple of s remembering and laughing. A memory for life, or kind of...

Am I totally wrong here?

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Sitting in a pub a rainy november friday evening, with your companion and a couple of s remembering and laughing. A memory for life, or kind of...

Am I totally wrong here?
Depends on what you remember ?

The people you travelled with?

Sights you saw?

The local people you meet along the way?

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Travelling by yourself means

you do meet more local people! Either that or you are alone.

you are freeer to change the plan.

--- If going in a group - 6 is good .. enough to cope with an emergency - 3 can go off and get help leaving 2 to care for the victum. With more than 6 you increase the possiblity more than 1 will have problems at once.

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Hotels here have fire plans .. those plans are made with a number of people in each 'room' .. if they go beyond that a huge fine can result .. there have been a number of deaths in 'backpacker' type places burning down .. expect no cooperation in overfilling any hotel room here!
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Hmm, good point. What do you remember... it might turn out to be just like an company event type of thingy with all the experiences centered around the group instead of the people/culture/country you´re currently visiting.

I thought I knew how I wanted my trip to be...

I don´t think that I´ll be travelling alone though. If I fall down with my leg trapped under my very old Ténéré I will need someone to help me up/take me to the doctor when I´m sick/get spare parts for my wreck of a bike and so forth.

(Anyone for Europe-Istanbul-Vladivosktok-Toyama-Anchorage-NewYork-London in 2009?)
((I know its another thread for that...))

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If I fall down with my leg trapped under my very old Ténéré
I found pushing the bike away to be useless .. pull the bike towards you, lift up - remove leg from under bike .. free .. took say 10 minutes of pushing away .. strain .. think.. strain, think .. pull towards, strain .. strain, leg out .. collapse.
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