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Whenever I'm traveling alone locally or cross-country I run a free Droid app called CRADAR. If the app detects an impact (and you can adjust the sensitivity so it doesn't get triggered by potholes) it asks you if you are okay. If you do not respond within however many seconds you have set then it will send a text message you have prepared along with a map showing where you are so your selected friend or loved one can call you and/or send help. However you must be in an area where you can send texts - as the article says, there are remote places (especially in the mountains) where your phone does no good. I have no affiliation with the app, but my loved ones feel much better knowing that I haven't had an unexpected get-off.

Jackie
Mentor, OH
Saturday, August 22, 2015
When traveling on a bike alone give extra thought to your gas stops. That single gas station on a remote stretch of highway is find during the day, but might not be so at night when stations pumps are on auto and no attendant is present. Don't set yourself up to be a victim. Look for areas where restaurant, hotels and multiple gas stations are listed. Truck stops are often very busy and can offer many amenities. But be alert when mixing a bike in with 18 wheelers and lots of cars.

Joyce
Alexandria, VA
Monday, May 18, 2015
I have lists for short 2- to 3-nights trip and tip for 7+ nights. I have them saved in my PC so I can print them off and check off as I pack. Eliminates overpacking and wondering if I have remembered everything I want to take.

One essential that most people don't think about is having a medical form and insurance cards with them. List your contact info, medications, allergies and any medical problems you have. This could save your life if the unexpected happens.

DeDe
Hayden, ID
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Take out half of what you pack. I've heard stories of riders that throw a comb and a toothbrush in a pocket and take off, but I think thats an urban legend!

Bobbie Tyler
Anton, TX
Monday, May 11, 2015
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