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    Senior Member DuckFat's Avatar
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    Robbed or Assaulted?

    Has anyone on this forum ever been robbed or seriously assaulted (physically) while on a solo tour? I haven't heard many stories about actual life-threatening issues so I'm curious about how often it happens.

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    Never been robbed or seriously assaulted in 48 years, under any circumstance. My wife has toured alone on many occasions before we met, and never had any problem either.

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    I have been, though not while on tour. In broad daylight at a busy intersection in New Orleans, I was hit from behind on the head with a brick and knocked unconscious; woke up in the ambulance. The mugging was to steal my bike. My helmet saved my life, though I still have a crease in my skull. I mention this here, to point out that you don't have to be on tour to experience violence, so I don't think anyone touring should expect anything worse than what can occur in everyday life.

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    i was mugged the day before i left on tour last summer. fortunately wasn't hurt and the guy only scored $10, though i had just come from the ATM, where i took out a few hundred in cash for the ride.

    i felt much safer in the hills of connecticut than the streets of brooklyn

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    Yeah, I think the core thing is that people commit crimes. If your goal is to get away from people then your chances of getting robbed/mugged are much reduced. I've thought about carrying a "dummy stash" of $15 or so and a cancelled/expired credit card as something to give someone that mugged me -- assuming they didn't want the whole bike.

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    I was robbed in Lake Louise a few years ago - the cheapest accomodations in town were 125USD a night for a crummy room that should have been 50USD tops.

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    In a small Texas town, a kid stole my Halt dog spray. I hope he thought it was breath spray! Other than that, people have only been wonderful whenever I'm on my bike.

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    I've never been assaulted but I did run into one guy walking his bike into Quincy, FL eastbound along US 90 that said someone in a pick up truck had pushed him off the road.

    Anyhow, always a smart idea of have a record of your personal information easily available in case you lose stuff (much more likely than being robbed).

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