Going through life alone robs the victim of meaningful connection with others and the joy that can bring. Though obviously not as grave, a similar lack of fulfillment can happen on a bicycle tour. Traveling alone limits the experience. Here are some ways to change that.
Is there a potential travel partner among your acquaintances? If so, make sure they are "all in." When traveling becomes challenging, whether over speed bumps, up mountains, or through storms, their lack of commitment may leave you alone for the rest of your journey.
People post ads looking for fellow travelers who want to bicycle long distances to learn about different lands, themselves, and life--or just to have fun. Adventure Cycling Association publishes a magazine called Adventure Cyclist that routinely runs these ads. You may also find people who share your desire for a travel partner on the ACA forums, where posting costs nothing.
Make sure you vet travel partners. That's not always easy, because some incompatibilities may only come to light when you spend lots of time in close proximity. As with marriage, the only thing worse than no travel partner is the wrong one. Despite its challenges, finding a suitable co-traveler can boost your touring satisfaction.