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Offline walter9999

Passing other tourist riders
« on: February 27, 2010, 01:20:57 pm »
May be a silly question but you know how things go through your head shortly before you leave on tour.
The big boss (wife) and I will start the Southern Tier in the next week.  We've read many journals about people seeing other riders along the routes that they travel and we were wondering, when seeing someone going the same direction as you it's easy to say hi or even talk,  but what is (for lack of a better term) protocol when seeing a rider going the opposite way.  I'm sure one doesn't stop and talk with every rider you see,  so how do you know when to stop and talk without interrupting their day.  Or can you just tell. TIA

Offline staehpj1

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 01:57:02 pm »
May be a silly question but you know how things go through your head shortly before you leave on tour.
The big boss (wife) and I will start the Southern Tier in the next week.  We've read many journals about people seeing other riders along the routes that they travel and we were wondering, when seeing someone going the same direction as you it's easy to say hi or even talk,  but what is (for lack of a better term) protocol when seeing a rider going the opposite way.  I'm sure one doesn't stop and talk with every rider you see,  so how do you know when to stop and talk without interrupting their day.  Or can you just tell. TIA
I tend to pull off to the side and see if they stop to talk.  I think my body language makes it clear that I welcome the opportunity to chat, but I don't flag them down or anything.  If they do stop, great, if not that is fine too.  On the TA the majority of the time we talked at least a few minutes with almost all of the folks going the other way.  On other tours I haven't met many riders.

Offline bikemanNY21

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2010, 11:06:55 pm »
Just take it easy) If you feel like talkinG - do it))) it's always nice to talk to frienDly person:D
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Offline johnsondasw

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2010, 11:12:44 pm »
I usually wave and call out a greeting.  Usually, we both keep going, but sometimes you both slow down and then stop and visit awhole.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline Galloper

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 07:37:25 am »
Ooh!   Stop and talk to me, I'm starting the Southern Tier in about 10 days time. (West to East)   I'm the tall handsome Irisihman,   OK, 2 out of 3  ;D

Offline DU

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 08:03:02 am »
I had the same experiences as Staehpj1 on the TA. One or the other of us would stop and the other would cross the road to talk. After I started meeting riders going the opposite way I basically met riders daily and almost everyone stopped to talk.

Offline MrBent

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010, 09:48:35 am »
When I rode east to west starting on the Northern Tier, I saw a few people finishing their east-bound tours but didn't talk to anyone until I met a couple in Vermont.   Then, every time I met cyclists, we'd almost always stopped to chat, give a few heads-ups for the route ahead, trade war stories.  I camped out with an Adventure Cycling gang in the Adirondacks--huge fun.  As a soloist, these meetings were real soul food.  There's nothing quiet like touching base with someone who really GETS what you're going through.

My favorite encounter of this type was meeting up with a fellow with whom I'd developed a minor e-relationship.  He would be getting out of the Marines and heading west to east.  I was heading in the opposite direction.  For the first third of my route and his last third, we'd both be on the Northern Tier.  So, yeah, for sure, let's meet up.  How likely is that?  Different start times, rest days, off route meanders--who knows?  But one morning in eastern Ohio as the mist slowly lifted off the cornfields, I saw a cyclist headed my way.  We both stopped on opposite sides of the road: "Steve?"  "Scott?"  A classic encounter!  We stood in the corn for half an hour chatting about everything from storms and mosquitoes to the Iraq conflict.  It made me wish we were going in the same direction.

After that, I didn't encounter another long-distance cyclist until eastern Colorado when I was on the TA route.  I met a couple of guys there.  My last cyclist met was in Arizona.  He was on his way to South America.  We hung out for a bit as I fixed a flat.

Meeting other cyclists is one of the great pleasures of the road.  Whether to stop or not should be natural enough. 

Report back after your ride!

Scott

Offline staehpj1

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2010, 10:18:53 am »
Oh BTW...  I forgot to mention that talking to cyclists going the opposite direction is a great way to get or share info about the road ahead.  There were a few hosts and lots of must see stuff that we might not have known about had we not compared notes with folks going the other way.  There were also some hints about how to best cope with difficulties ahead.

Offline indyfabz

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2010, 11:10:24 am »
Oh BTW...  I forgot to mention that talking to cyclists going the opposite direction is a great way to get or share info about the road ahead.  There were a few hosts and lots of must see stuff that we might not have known about had we not compared notes with folks going the other way.  There were also some hints about how to best cope with difficulties ahead.

Great point.  This summer I flagged down some people who were going to other way to find out if there was any word about Logan Pass opening.  They were nice enough to stop and chat with us.  And you really can get useful intel. from people.  "You have to check X out."  "Y has great ice cream."  "Don't camp at the Rawlins, WY KOA.  It has no shade and it's right next to I-80."

And you never know who you might run into.  In CO a couple pulled into a city park to chat with me while I was eating lunch.  Turned out I had passed them going the other way the year before in MT.  We had shouted to each other about our Bob Beckman panniers.


Offline tonythomson

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2010, 11:39:56 am »
Always good to stop for a chat - amazing how it helps especially when having a tough day.  Def lifts the spirits.

I also enjoy talking to the Harley riders - especially camping near them, guaranteed to entertain.  Plus whenever I see them out on their tours usually in the hundreds(or so it seems) give them the Harley sign and will nearly always get friendly waves or salutes back. Couple of times they've sprayed me with sun block when I've met up with them at a coffee stop.  And yes I did want them to spray me  ;D

Look forward to maybe seeing some of you on the Atlantic coast next month - promise I will stop - any excuse.
Just starting to record my trips  www.tonystravels.com

Offline indyfabz

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 04:06:27 pm »
I also enjoy talking to the Harley riders - especially camping near them, guaranteed to entertain.

Definitely.  I camped in Montrose, CO.  There were four Harley riders there.  There was one male-female couple.  Their male friend, not wanting to be a third wheel, had a blow up doll attached to the passenger seat of his bike.  There were a few at the fish access campground in Ennis, MT when I stayed there.  They had a little party but weren't overly loud and obnoxious and never kept me awake.  The next morning, one of them was nice enough apolgize in the event that they had.  That's more than I can say for the loud RV-ers and car campers I have encountered.

Offline staehpj1

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2010, 05:06:57 pm »
I also enjoy talking to the Harley riders - especially camping near them, guaranteed to entertain.
We found that generally the motorcyclists we met treated us as kindred spirits.  Quite a few times they shared cold water when we were out in the middle of nowhere.  We camped at a place where there was some kind of Harley rider get together in Jackson Hot Springs.  They were very friendly and we enjoyed meeting them.

In the rural West when passing on the road more often than not they waved.

Offline destination

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2010, 07:58:52 pm »
Oh, this thread made my day. :)

Offline Tourista829

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2010, 08:59:29 pm »
I agree with the others, be your friendly selves and open and you will be amazed how your trip turns out. You will have a blast. We have all been there, and I can assure you, you will meet a lot of people and for me that is what is all about.  You can read it in a journal but experiencing everything, in person, is something special. Have a great trip, let us know how you are doing :)

Offline walter9999

Re: Passing other tourist riders
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2010, 08:26:54 am »
I'm glad we asked this question,  the answers have been fun and very helpful. If you're interested,  you can follow our journal at  http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=RrzKj&doc_id=6494&v=1a.
There are only a few days left so the excitement is building for both of us.
Thanks again to all who wrote and read.
Mark and LB