Most riders I meet are friendly and relatively chatty. Camaraderie comes with the territory. Even if you do not wish to enter long detailed conversations, it is usual to exchange one or two words as you pass each other. On one climb yesterday I rapidly caught up with another audaxer and merely said, "I hear that the northern section is much hillier". The response, "I want to ride by myself, go away". So I did and never saw him again. He was clearly sulking some distance behind. For the first 100 km, we kept hop-scotching at the front of the spread out field. Clearly our speeds we of a similar average and were only ever 5 minutes apart. When he was visually ahead, he would often turn his head to view my location. I also witnessed him becoming impatient with the controllers including a bark, "no I don't want any cake, I want to get on". .