Originally Posted by DaveK
How many of you have gone on an extended trip solo? And if you have, what did you get out of it and would you do it again?
I've done a lot of solo travel both on bikes and backpacking. Traveling solo on a bike is kind of a Zen experience in your head, but with a few moments of terror and excitement thrown in.
(I refer to the actual riding part) Lots of time to let thoughts run wild, relax and take in what your eyes see and dig the magic cadence of the machine beneath you. As a gear head I like to tune into the bike and learn its ways. This will keep you occupied on long stretches. You can talk to your bike (but don't tell anyone if she starts talking back!)
If you enjoy your own company and don't go stir crazy then good chance you'll get along fine. Takes a while to get this down and learn how to enjoy it. But I love solo travel, even though I also go in small group rides quite a bit too. Both have their ups and downs.
I would not follow a strict formula in your travels. Make up your own rules and change them as needed. Do some research, set some goals and GO!
If you hook up some other riders or meet new friends along the way, go with it. If you haven't been, I'd recommend Spain and Andorra for good Spring/Summer exploring, maybe even a week or two in Morocco. Just magic places.
Having a riding partner reduces costs a lot and adds security in places.
Doing shorter duration rides to start is smart, IMO. Helps in figuring out the packing, sorting the bike properly and really think about the whole idea of long range bike travel.