I'm currently sitting in Granby, CO, just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park. I started my first solo cross country about 22 days ago in San Francisco. The first ten days or so went really well. I had to take some detours, but did some nice climbs and saw some interesting things (Sonora Pass, Death Valley, Lee Vining CA, etc, etc), then the next 3 or 4 days were just boring (Nevada, Ariona and Utah deserts, but I finally made it to Moab), but the last couple days have really been hard, emotionally. The biking is going fine, but it's just a terrible feeling to be completely alone. It's to the point where that's probably 60% of what I think about. I of course meet people (I've met quite a few other tourists along the way), but they always seem to be going the other direction. I've also been calling friends and family pretty regularly, but it doesn't really seem to help alleviate any of these feelings of loneliness. It's beginning to really take over my mindset on the trip, and I've been spending today (a rest day) looking at Greyhound tickets out of Denver. Maybe I just wasn't cut out for extensive solo touring? I figure, if I do cut out at Denver, I'll have at least made it over the Continental Divide, which is an impressive landmark, I'd imagine. I can always do the Trans Am, also, and pick up my current route once I hit Colorado (with a partner, of course).
Anyone have any similar experiences/thoughts while touring? I'd feel awful if I cut it short, but I'm not really sure if I can continue.I've made it about 1730 miles so far, and making it to Denver would put me at about 1800-1820, which seems like a good try for my first solo venture. It still really sucks, though, not to complete i, but it really doesn't seem worth it if I'm at this stage less than halfway through.
I should also mention I was hit by a car about 4 days ago. Me and the bike are a-ok, but that certainly didn't help with my mental/emotional state.
Thanks for any advice/words/whatever.