Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

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Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Srobson » 4 Jul 2020, 11:45pm

I’m looking to try JOGLE for the first time this summer (late July/ early August) but I’m don’t have any friends or family who are willing to do it with me. I’m fairly new to cycling so I don’t want to spend loads of money joining an organised tour if I hate it and just feel like the fat kid at the back the whole time. What would people recommend? I have the whole summer holiday off and with foreign travel looking less and less likely, I’m looking for a UK adventure!

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Mick F » 5 Jul 2020, 8:41am

I've done JOGLE twice, and LEJOG and Back, plus a Grand Tour of Scotland, England, and Wales .................... all solo and enjoyed immensely.
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby essexian » 5 Jul 2020, 8:50am

To me, it really depends upon what type of person you are. If you are like me then talking and/or interacting with other people is not high on my "must do" list. Indeed, some days I can go all day without speaking to anyone and feeling no harm from it (but only when "the wife" is out...ignore her at my peril!).

However, other people love to chat. I read a book once about a bloke walking around the coast of the UK. He left London heading east and before he had even reached Southend on Sea, he had met dozens of people. That sounds like Hell to me but to him, it was wonderful.

If you do need company, I am sure you will find it both in person and on social media if you do such. Indeed, take a mobile device and keep us up to date on your ride: I know for one I would enjoy reading that.

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby simonineaston » 5 Jul 2020, 9:14am

As a general rule, I think you can end up interacting with more people when you travel solo, than you do when you travel in a group.
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Paulatic » 5 Jul 2020, 9:17am

I think Simon has a point. Solo on a bike and when you stop the world and his wife wants to talk with you.
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Mick F » 5 Jul 2020, 9:48am

Try it with a Raleigh Chopper! :D
People would stop me and want to talk about their Chopper days! :)
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby eileithyia » 5 Jul 2020, 10:26am

simonineaston wrote:As a general rule, I think you can end up interacting with more people when you travel solo, than you do when you travel in a group.


Agreed, my early touring experiences were, weekending with the cycling club, 2 weeks in Scotland again with the cycling club, as a couple and then solo....

Some of the best laughs were with a group, as were some of the niggles / fall outs of being with people you only really know as a result of the weekly club run.

But undoubtedly many of the best times was as a solo traveller, you meet and talk to far more people, possibly it is different these days but back then it was a case of rolling up at a YHA and there would be many other like minded solo travellers and you tended to gravitate together, chat in the common room and / or go out to the local hostellry.
But even abroad when using more in the way of B&B type accommodation, someone was always interested in where you were going, where you'd come from etc I've had my lunchtime meal paid for by a couple of workers in France, an older couple insisted I shared their table in New England for lunch and we share many a travellers tale over lunch(they had bus / backpacked around Britain), and a Greek insist again on paying my lunch bill as he would be charged local rates where I would pay tourist rates..... :lol:

It is far easier to meet and talk to other people when you are not part of a couple or big group.
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby simonhill » 5 Jul 2020, 11:33am

It greatly depends on what type of person you are. Much has been said about this above.

Nonetheless, I tour extensively for many months each year on my own. At first, I would always get a partner, for all the usual reasons: company; cost sharing; security; etc. Then when partners dried up I started out on my own and found it gave me a wonderful amount of freedom. Don't want to ride today, dont. Short day, long day, the choice is mine. Deviate off route, my choice.

If you were riding the route in a shortish time frame then having a partner to keep both of you on track would be a good idea. You say you have lots of time, so my advice is head out at your own pace and enjoy yourself.

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Cyril Haearn » 5 Jul 2020, 11:54am

Doubtless you shall encounter lots of LeJoGers going the other way
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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Jamesh » 5 Jul 2020, 1:51pm

Many other solo travellers (not just cyclists) are more than willing to talk or share a table at dinner.

I find it's easier to talk to people whilst alone, my wife says why are you talking to them?!

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby Shreds » 5 Jul 2020, 2:08pm

As an end to ender, I was concerned about:

1. Riding as a group and getting “dropped” off the back.

2. Having mechanical problems or breakdowns

3. Taking wrong turns or spending hours checking route maps etc.

In the end I did ride with a group of about 30, but that broke up nicely into groups of different abilities and experience. I actually ended up riding with a fairly fast group again not wanting to get left behind, but it was so good. Best holiday ever!

On the odd occasion I was flagging, the small group stopped up the road and waited. We generally rode as one. When one member’s derailleur was destroyed by getting caught up in his wheel, the expertise to create a fixed gear bike and temporarily straighten the wheel was there. Even a puncture in driving rain at Loch Lomand was repaired faster than a formula one tyre change by the five of us ridng together at that point.

Most of the time we didnt have loads of time to chat except at stops/cafes.

Going solo can be demoralising especially if tired or its raining / getting dark.

Oh and if you are contemplating doing the ride, join Audax as they have an award for doing this ride at various standards. I did and am still a member, many years later. There is a lot of experience in their ranks like Cycling UK /CTC of doing this ride.

Good luck and enjoy!

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby wirral_cyclist » 5 Jul 2020, 2:18pm

Post a route and the dates and you might find peope will swing by to say hello and escort you, or see you leave the county :wink:

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby PH » 5 Jul 2020, 2:35pm

There's pros and cons to solo and group riding, even before you consider the individual. I like both, but my favorite few tours have been with a riding buddy with different interests and ideas. We'll ride together without feeling an obligation to do so, or apart when one or the other wants to indulge their passion for photography, or bird watching, or cake, or even just have a lie in or early start. You get the company without the compromises.
I've never done an organised tour, I enjoy the planning, I've heard mixed reviews though most are positive. To a large extent it'll depend on how one fits into groups and gets on with people generally.
I'd also agree with what others have said about meeting strangers, people don't tend to approach groups as much, but park a loaded bike up at a cafe anywhere and someone is likely to want to know where you've been and where you're going, or tell you about themselves and their travels.

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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby LittleGreyCat » 5 Jul 2020, 2:40pm

Srobson wrote:I’m looking to try JOGLE for the first time this summer (late July/ early August) but I’m don’t have any friends or family who are willing to do it with me. I’m fairly new to cycling so I don’t want to spend loads of money joining an organised tour if I hate it and just feel like the fat kid at the back the whole time. What would people recommend? I have the whole summer holiday off and with foreign travel looking less and less likely, I’m looking for a UK adventure!


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Re: Is doing JOGLE solo lonely?

Postby simonineaston » 5 Jul 2020, 2:54pm

Try it with a Raleigh Chopper! :D
People would stop me and want to talk about their Chopper days!
While not wishing to open a floodgate, :wink: I'd love to see some photos - or video clips?? of that epic journey...
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