Long road trips vs short

My husband and I are middle aged. He has now purchased 3 different motorcycles. One is a BMW tour bike. We have gone on a few rides but he likes to travel for hours and hours to get to a place then up again doing the same things each day. I on the other hand would like to ride a maximum of 5 to 6 hrs a day and stop and see places along the way and go a shorter distance. We are having a hard time reaching a compromise.

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Sep 11, 2012
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by: Dotty

My husband and I have been riding almost 8 years, on separate bikes. We have taken several long trips and our trips sound just like yours. He loves to ride and thinks we should be in the saddle all day, traveling anywhere from 400-600 miles per day. We don't stop to see sites because of the crowds and the commercialization of those sites. I don't push it to stop because I love to ride as well and that's the purpose of tripping on the bikes...the thrill of the wind in the hair, being one with nature and seeing this great country. But towards the end of the day I get pretty tired and this is not safe because I lose some of my concentration, so we do tend to stop in the late afternoon. All I can say is to hang in there and try to come to a compromise of what's good for both of you.

Aug 27, 2012
Long rides
by: Lynn - Florida

I've noticed that some people become bored with shorter rides and are looking for more of a challenge. We have friends who started a group called the Long Riders. They enjoy riding what I consider very long rides. I did one with them a couple years ago and it was 10 hour days in the saddle with short breaks for gas/food. Although I was proud to complete the 3-day ride, it was not something I would do on a regular basis.

Compromise is the key. Luckily my husband enjoys both types of riding & wants to stop & see the sights. He only does the very long (non-stop)rides maybe once or twice a year. I tell him to go & I plan a Girls Only ride if possible.

Aug 27, 2012
same advice..almost
by: jp

I agree with the op except why not go along with the desire of one of you on every other day...or maybe plan the trip so that the long day rides are through scenic areas that only require an occasional pull over to enjoy and take photos and another day through areas with places to stop and see and plan a shorter riding day.

Aug 27, 2012
Don't compromise...
by: TammyT

Alternate instead. In a compromise, neither of you gets exactly what you want ever. Alternate instead, one trip let him plan and do it his way. Then next trip, you plan and do it your way. That way half the time you get it exactly the way you want it. Just an idea...

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