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Old 04-15-03, 01:09 PM
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Just a little story about touring with people you don't know. I'm sure some people have made lifelong friends out of instant partners but, I had a very poor experience.

I wanted to do a cross-country tour but was scared to do it alone. I was able to hook up with another guy who was also looking for a partner and we set off together. Within a week he was hopping a bus back home and I was left on the verge of giving up the whole adventure. Luckily, I decided to give myself a trial period as a solo cyclist. Turns out I had a much better time alone, did the things I wanted to do when I felt like it, met many more people than I believe I would have with a partner and ultimately got a huge sense of independence by completing the trip as I had planned.

So, really, it wasn't a poor experience after all and without my short-term partner I might never have left home to begin with.

Just be careful in choosing that special person. And at least consider going it alone.

--Chris
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