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7th Annual Spring Solo Motorcycle Trip

I'll be heading out soon. Not sure of an exact departure date yet, but probably around May 1st. I usually take a look at the long-term weather forecasts for the areas I'm going and decide from there.

As you can see from my 'States traveled map,' I've not yet picked off the Gulf States. Been in all of them many times, but haven't ridden the bike there. So I'll be heading south and picking off AR, LA, MS, AL FL. That will make 39 states I've ridden in so far.

We have other trips planned this year (including Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), but honestly, my annual solo ride is always my favorite. Nobody to babysit and I can pile on the miles without listening to any whining..

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I'll be heading out soon. Not sure of an exact departure date yet, but probably around May 1st. I usually take a look at the long-term weather forecasts for the areas I'm going and decide from there.

As you can see from my 'States traveled map,' I've not yet picked off the Gulf States. Been in all of them many times, but haven't ridden the bike there. So I'll be heading south and picking off AR, LA, MS, AL FL. That will make 39 states I've ridden in so far.

We have other trips planned this year (including Nova Scotia and New Brunswick), but honestly, my annual solo ride is always my favorite. Nobody to babysit and I can pile on the miles without listening to any whining..
Very cool. I should institute this tradition. I love solo rides.


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I have trouble getting riding buddies on board for more than day long trips. Usually due to work schedules and family obligations. All my trips outside my home state of WV and OH and KY have been solo. Looks like solo trips will be in my future for a while if I want to pile on miles and states.

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Enjoy your trip. Solos are a favorite of mine as well. You're on your schedule, your pace, your preferences, your clock .... now you have me planning mine for over Memorial weekend.

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Thanks guys. The first time I did this trip (2006), I recall talking with my wife about it. She knew that I liked long days in the saddle, heading out early and not stopping much. It wasn't going to be an annual thing, and it wasn't going to be for more that 4-5 days. Nowadays, its usually at least a week (my longest was when I did a big loop out to AZ - 4700 miles, 11 days), and I've done many states over and over again.

Solo travel is great for lots of reasons, not the least of which is self discovery (not to get too philosophical). It really gives a guy a chance to look at his life from afar, contemplate what's important (and what is not), and reflect on all of life's challenges that have lead up to this point.

I truly believe that everyone should spend significant time alone at least once a year. Does a soul good

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I usually get in one a year myself

fun fun fun

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Solo travel is great for lots of reasons, not the least of which is self discovery (not to get too philosophical). It really gives a guy a chance to look at his life from afar, contemplate what's important (and what is not), and reflect on all of life's challenges that have lead up to this point.

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So true. Probably one of the best quotes that resonates with me! But then we would have to get VERY philosophical if we wanted to delve into it more

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So true. Probably one of the best quotes that resonates with me! But then we would have to get VERY philosophical if we wanted to delve into it more
DR....Lets 'delve!'

One of the neat residual effects of these trips is that I'll often be going along through my day and a particular moment from one of the trips will pop into my mind. Makes my day. For instance, I remember during my 2009 trip while riding through Monument Valley on the Navajo Indian Reservation (AZ). I stopped on the side of a remote road to view some of the natural beauty and it felt 'literally' like I was the only man on the planet. Shut off the bike and just listened. Dang....gives me tingles even now just thinking about it. Cool stuff!

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