How far can one travel by motorcycle? Well if you can travel 1,000 miles in 24 hours (must be recorded) you get an Iron Butt Patch. Don’t believe me, check the IBA site. Or you can travel an average of 200 miles per day like the guided tours from Eagle Rider. They actually provide you the motorcycle and do all the planning for you. So, do I choose 200 miles or 1,000 miles a day? Neither, I go with the middle. I decided 600 to 700 miles per day will be my benchmark.
Computing 600 miles a day brought me to believe that we could travel from Covina, CA to Great Smokey Mountains NP, TN (2,200 miles one-way) in 7 days easily. I turned to my best friend –Google Maps. The planning had started and away I went selecting towns with that mileage in mind and places that we needed to stop and explore.
How we planned our Motorcycle-Road-Trip stops:
- Winslow, AZ
- Santa Fe, NM
- Oklahoma City, OK
- Memphis, TN
- Nashville, TN
- Great Smokey Mountains NP
- The Tail of the Dragon
Our plan was to travel across America as fast as possible and take our time coming back. This way we could stop and any places we thought we might need more of our time to explore and learn as well as if we felt like we were running out of time we could push and get back home. Our first stop was planned to test the idea that 600 miles a day was possible and set the standards of our willingness to ride.
The mileage was set. Our motorcycle spirit was ready. Let the adventure begin.