Well said. I'm a big fan of riding my own ride. I learned that mountain biking with guys that were WAY better than me, and I've applied it to my motorcycling.
I've had an up and down year for riding with others. I do have a small gaggle of people I ride with now and then that are good folks and good riders, play by big boy rules, and act like adults. I tried broadening out a bit and rode with a couple of other gaggles, but am mostly done with that -- folks going down, folks doing stupid things (blocking, stopping in stupid places, etc.), and trying to ride tight formations like they were in the Blue Angels, WAY above their skill levels and even horizons. It's not enough just to ride my own ride, but when they start riding too close to my ride, I need to ride away.
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