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Thank you very much. I am doing my first solo ride from Ottawa, Ontario, to Miramachi, New Brunswick, to California. I’m leaving June 24th from New Brunswick. Thank you for these tips — I appreciate it.


Lorna Forbes
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Monday, April 16, 2018
I lost my soul mate and riding partner five years ago to cancer. Since then, I have continued to take motorcycle trips we used to share, going solo. I would say I follow all of your rules, other than a conceal carry. Although I own fire arms, I am not comfortable enough using one to carry one on my person. I would add a couple of things that I do, these before taking a trip, especially when I want to explore two lane back roads: use Google Maps and Google Earth to take virtual tours of my planned routes. I also hit AAA and pick up guide books for the states I will be visiting and pour through them for lodging, fuel, and food available locations along the way. One thing I never do is stop at any bar even if it is for food. I always choose restaurants with a lot of vehicles in the parking lot, whether a chain or mom and pop establishment. I am 59 and will be doing this as long as I can. I prefer to ride alone because I can stop when and where I want.


Robin Emrich
Champion Township, OH
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Once again, Genevieve, thank you for a great list. Realistic, informative, preparatory for any rider. Unfortunate as it is, the romanticism of motorcycling, or any adventure, solo or with company, does require attentiveness. No matter what 'world' you live in. Comments to include: water, tools, bike manual, and letting loved ones know your itinerary, I agree with. Whether local or cross-country, both my husband and I are CCW permit holders and do so. After 100,000 of miles, never an incident, but sure glad we were prepared. With #10 as #1 and all the rest, we're covered. Thank you.

Joyce Liana
Troutville, VA
Saturday, March 17, 2018
I am about to embark on my first solo trip and I really appreciated the tips—many of which I would have never occurred to me like rule #6 and #8. Very practical, common sense advice. Thanks for posting.


Larissa Agahi
Allen, TX
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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