I have been asked by so many people about taking this journey alone that I wanted to share the Top Ten Pros and Cons of doing such an adventure on your own. They are listed in no particular order.
You can take the time to jot down scenes that inspire poetry.
You can drink right from the container.
Plenty of room in the Element.
Plenty of time for relection, contemplation and inspiration.
Easier to meet people.
You can make simple meals.
Minimal time in gift shops!
No complaints about driving skills, navigation skills, the weather or how badly you smell with three-day stink!
You don't have to wait for someone else to get ready.
You only have to consider your own needs when making choices.
You don't get the chance to see nature's beauty through someone else's eyes.
No one to split washing the dishes with.
A woman would make the nights warmer in the Element (no, another man is out of the question).
Eventually, you talk to yourself driving across the prairie.
You do get lonely, particularly while driving.
It is harder to get pictures with you included! You need to enlist the cooperation of passers-by or carefully stage the camera with the timer.
Nobody else prepares any of your meals.
No one to split the driving with.
Making and breaking camp takes longer.
You aren't challenged to consider other options that might be more rewarding in the end.