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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #100 on: August 31, 2011, 02:56:08 pm »
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #101 on: August 31, 2011, 03:11:45 pm »
Some of us are just built to ride solo.
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=11547.msg167277#msg167277

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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #102 on: August 31, 2011, 03:28:23 pm »
For me personally it is the perfect way to clear the grey matter , normally day rides but I have done solo weekend rides , if I do ride with a group I tend to gravitate towards the smaller groups of about 3 to 4 riders . At the end of the day it is different strokes for different folks I suppose .
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #103 on: August 31, 2011, 03:38:13 pm »
Hi DirtyHarry
I remember the circumstances that lead to your Namibia ride and enjoyed your RR trials and tribulations. This was most probably the best thing you could have done to give yourself a break.
I bought my bike in Pretoria in Jan 11 and drove 1700km down to Cape Town over 3 days - solo. It was an enjoyable ride through Potchefstroom, Groot Gat and Carnarvon. The ride itself was great, but I did miss company during the stops. You stop at a grubby Spar in Bloemhof and have 10 PDIs approaching you, wanting to watch your bike / food / money for booze / steal your things. You don't have anyone else to talk to, so you fight them off and then worry about your things whilst buying lunch. I eventually rode to the bridge over the river outside the dorp to enjoy lunch.
Fortunately the company of nice people at night stopovers broke the monotony - especially sleeping over at friends on a farm in the Carnarvon district.
It is a mixed affair, but if you have the company of someone you get on with, riding with someone is better - for me. Motivating yourself to go on a ride is sometimes an effort, but if you can make an occasion of it by having someone to join you the ride becomes an event :)
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Yeah Jacobsroodt, we all seem to be different.
I might be lucky. I can enjoy both. I can talk kak the whole evening with other people but I also can be on my own without the feeling of being lonely or bored.
Funny enough there was not one single situation during the 16 days of my solo trip that I thought I could not handle myself. From that perspective I did not miss company at all.
The only time when I hate to be on my own is when I have dinner in a restaurant. I have only done that once in Swakop, so it was fine.
I could have done the trip with my wife or with some mates and it would have been epic in a very different way.
I am very glad that I have tried to ride solo and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Riding solo is something special.
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #104 on: August 31, 2011, 03:44:44 pm »
I just started re-reading Dirty Harry's RR.
Damn - so inspirational.

I'm torn between doing Namibia or Zimbabwe next year.
 

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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #105 on: August 31, 2011, 07:29:47 pm »
Do Nam, here is some mouthwatering foto's.

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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #106 on: August 31, 2011, 08:59:18 pm »
I like rideing solo.
I just feel more alive alert and stop more for photo's and people.
And the biggest advantage is not having to plan ahead. Just do what you want to without having to consult a group.
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #107 on: August 31, 2011, 09:07:07 pm »
I just started re-reading Dirty Harry's RR.
Damn - so inspirational.

I'm torn between doing Namibia or Zimbabwe next year.

Thanks CG.
You know where to go  ;)
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #108 on: September 01, 2011, 12:26:46 pm »
The only time when I hate to be on my own is when I have dinner in a restaurant. I have only done that once in Swakop, so it was fine.

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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #109 on: September 01, 2011, 12:32:18 pm »
The only time when I hate to be on my own is when I have dinner in a restaurant. I have only done that once in Swakop, so it was fine.


Tip: If you want to attract attention in a restaurant or pub, take along a map of the area you are travelling through and pore over it intensely. Someone WILL come over and start chatting. I have tried it a few times - it works well. In fact I have met some very interesting people by doing this. Most recently, in the Lighthouse Restaurant in Swakopmund the owner of a Suzuki dealership in Johannesburg walked over and started chatting. It was great :)
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yup that happened to me.
Was in a pub in himeville looking at my routes through Lesotho. A group of riders came over we started chatting - and I ended up riding with them for 2 days.
 

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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #110 on: September 01, 2011, 01:40:34 pm »
As a girl rider, there is a lot to fight through to ride solo... I remember one year D and I (2 girls) were on the road to the Waterberg for a ride, we had a vehicle with trailer pushed onto us, and essentially were told that it was unfair to the men as they would worry if we ride for that distance as girls... 

Mark would seriously frown if I left him behind, and I have to admit that I LOVE riding with him, he is my partner in so many ways and riding together is just the easiest thing ever.  (I'm the easy one.)  :)

Not that it is important, I think when riding with the perfect riding buddy the ride is still perfect.  ;D
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #111 on: September 01, 2011, 01:55:14 pm »
You're very right. Although Lyn rides pillion, we ride in solitude and are completely at ease with one another. Untill now I've refused to get head phones as I don't want to be disturbed while lost in thought.
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #112 on: September 01, 2011, 02:00:55 pm »
Head phones, no, they ruin everything! 

I actually like my own company! 
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Re: The truth about riding solo
« Reply #113 on: September 01, 2011, 02:08:32 pm »
I actually like my own company!  

You have good taste.

BTW, one of the big attributes of Asperger Syndrome is that the people concerned tend to have a very high intelligence.
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« Reply #114 on: September 01, 2011, 02:42:20 pm »
They call me Judy or Judes...

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