One day, you’ll look
To see I’ve gone
But tomorrow may rain,
So I’ll follow the sun.
The Beatles, I’ll Follow the Sun
Route planning. It’s been on my mind a lot this week. I’m leaving in a week for Montana. I’ve been working on a map to cover states that I’ve never ridden in. I’ve also been following this year’s Iron Butt Rally. They’ve been riding through a lot of rain and heat. I don’t want to do that. I’m not an Iron Butt contender, I’m ok with that. I’m beginning to think I’m ok with not filling in my map.
I am trying to be mindful of why I am traveling. #1, I’m heading to the BMW Rally in Billings, MT. #2 I’m on vacation. I’m on a motorcycle vacation. I ought to be traveling places I like to be. I don’t know if I like to be in the deep south, the states I’ve not ridden. But I do know, looking at the weather pages, that I see high humidity, high temps, and watching the Iron Butt reports, lots of storms. And it doesn’t sound like a good time.
I have a room booked for my first two nights on the road, the second in Shenandoah Vallly, VA. I have a room in Billings. And today, I’m leaning toward not planning much more in the middle. I think…I’m going to follow the sun. Find roads, and stop worrying about filling in a riding map, that…I don’t care all that much about. The joys of planning a solo trip.