I've found this all rather interesting, that there are others similar to myself in this regard. I ride alone for many of the same reasons. I've found that I tend to ride better and more confidently when alone and not worrying or trying to keep up with a group. In the past when given the goahead to set the pace I didnt like the feeling of someone at my back all the time, even though there were no complaints, I felt pressured and uncomfortable. I tend not to make deep connections with others as such I have no close friends with whom long trips would even be a posibility, this is not to say I dont like others, just the opposite, I'm always excited for the roadside interactions with people or the campfire get together's at rallys or elsewhere on the road. It just seems when out "riding the wire" I work better alone.