Pam, I haven't seen any bad advice here. Mostly I will stress or reinforce a few points. The helmet fit is critical. Well vented, light weight helmets are good, but the comfort is critical.
I also use an Airhawk seat cushion. Its $100.00+, but I think its the best.
I've gotten into the habit that considering, after stops for gas, food, rr, and sometimes even a nap, I'll probably average roughly 50MPH over a long day. And maybe more for extreme heat, rain, or difficult winds. I plan my itinerary with that in mind.
Keep up with the weather forecast for the next couple of days. No matter where you go, if its for more than a weekend, you'll probably have to deal with rain. Just accept that it will happen. Prepare for it with rain gear and you can make that a part of the adventure.
Deer, and a few other small animals can be as much of a problem for an unprepared rider as cars and trucks, especially at night. Enjoy all of the glorious scenery, but watch the side of the road, as much as the road ahead.
Taking practice runs for training and conditioning can help if you can plan that far ahead. But the most important thing you'll gain will be confidence. Knowing what you can do with reasonable safety for both of you. Even more important than that is knowing what you're not ready for and what you MUST NOT DO. Its your ride. Stay within your limits and comfort zone and you and your daughter have memories for a lifetime.
You didn't mention when or where your going, but know that practically anywhere you go in North America, at least one us of is close by. This is a family and we are all ready to help each other any way we can. If you need directions, suggestion for lodging or food, our mechanical assistance.
Above all else, this your ride. Yours and your daughter's. Not ours. Think about all of the suggestions we make, but don't lose sight of rule #1.....Its your ride. You can make any and all adjustments you need to feel comfortable.
And finally, did I mention its your ride. Enjoy
2003 GL1800/MotorTrike Adventure IDMWT#25x3
Ride often. Ride far. Ride safe and do much more of both.
Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him how to surf the GWOF and he won't bother you for weeks, maybe months
I'll be waitin' for you at the end of the road.
If everything had gone as planned, it would not have been an adventure.
Last edited by Randy Hawes; 09-03-2018 at 11:59 PM.