This is my closing post for this thread. (BTW: I am quite amazed at the hit count)
Several (also non-US) readers expressed surprise about riding such a trip solo. Usually the message boils down to: “there is safety in numbers”. True.
My advise though: ride solo if you dare. Or better still: go solo when you don’t dare.
Such a trip means facing rather challenging conditions and situations. Experiencing and surviving bizarre encounters with rain storms, desert heat, accute road dangers, ghost towns, animals, police and a wide range of average Americans. You discover personal characteristics you were not aware you have them
You decide where you ride, how long you ride, when you stop, where you sleep, what solution you choose for unexpected contingencies. You are accountable to no one. No need to discuss with anyone about anything. No pressure to justify any idea or preference. All your life you are doing things together with others. Partner, family, relatives, colleagues, neighbors. Great, but not today.
You do actually meet America rather than ride by it. You get off your bike, take off your helmet and you blend into your environment immediately. People start talking to you, you start talking to people. A lone rider is not perceived as a threat; a group riders usually is. When in a group, you talk with each other. By yourself, you get to know the people who live along the road.
The intensity of the experience is unrivalled – precisely because you can’t share it. That is, not immediately. In the evening you share your adventures with the whole world. Almost all American hotels have guest computers to write an internet blog.
However you decide to ride: solo, duo or group – ride safely and enjoy. So long.
Ride to Write