Epic ride? I question my judgement for even considering posting this report here. I’m not going RTW. I’m not crossing international borders. I’m not riding some famous off-road trail. I’m not even riding anything remotely near an ADV bike. I’m riding a Honda Super Cub C125 1600 miles from northern Wisconsin to the suburbs of Dallas, Texas. The only things pushing this ride over a week as required by our official epic rules are the Cub’s slow speed and my sore butt. I know, I know, go read about Nathan the Postman and his truly epic rides; the size and speed of his postie didn’t make it any less epic. But I still feel like a poser. Oh, well. Here’s the story on how I got here. For many years my wife and I escaped the summer heat of Texas to vacation at a boat we kept on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin. After I retired in April 2019, we planned to spend our entire summer up north. I took that opportunity to ride my 2007 Triumph Bonneville from our home near Dallas to our location in Racine, Wisconsin. Unfortunately, a mechanical break down in Joplin, Missouri forced me to ship the Bonnie back to Dallas and spend the summer of 2019 without a bike. While things were going well in 2019. As 2020 approached, I started the planning to ride my 2016 Vespa GTS 300 again from Dallas, but to our new location in Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin. Thanks to covid and all of the uncertainty of a multi-day trip, quarantines, closed motorcycle shops, closed restaurants and hotels in May, I drove the car up instead. I was pretty bummed, because while it doesn’t have the canyon carving of Utah, Wisconsin is full of scenic roads and interesting rides. With my 60th birthday approaching, I bought myself a present of a new 2020 Honda Super Cub from a dealer near Green Bay. I’ve loved every minute with it and have already logged over 2800 miles. Of course it’s slow, underpowered, has limited fuel capacity and is designed for nostalgic old farts. Therefore it’s perfect to ride the 1600 miles back to Texas. The Cub in Peninsula State Park in Door County. I’ve done a 2000 mile loop on the Triumph through Louisiana to Natchez, over the Trace, up into Kentucky and back through Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma. I also rode the backroads through Texas and New Mexico to Phoenix and back, so I have planned similar long distance trips before. But dang, this one will be with the minimal amount of gear and at a top speed most likely in the 45-50 mph range. My plan is to spread out the mileage over nine riding days to barely qualify as an “epic” ride. West Texas I love New Mexico. Furkot is my friend. I just know that it works for me, and there are dozens of other trip planners out there. What is unique this time, is that I have no time demands on my schedule. So what if I run at 40 mph? I can take all of the time that I want, and that’s going to be my deepest personal challenge. I need to stop and smell the roses. I need to experience all aspects of this adventure and not just the ride. I need to take more photos so one day in the far future my grandchildren say, “can you believe what Pops did?” The route. I have only a few requirements. I want to drive along three of Wisconsin’s ‘Rustic Roads’ on my way south. The Rustic Roads program is run by their DOT and their website includes a Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour awards program. The site states: “Rustic Roads are ideal for leisurely motorcycle riding. Wisconsin has a large system of lightly-traveled asphalt or gravel roads highlighting the state's natural beauty. Presently, Wisconsin has 122 marked Rustic Roads covering over 740 miles in 61 counties. Travel at least 10 of these roads and you'll be eligible for a Rustic Roads Motorcycle Tour patch. Travel on 25 Rustic Roads or more qualifies you for a special state certificate. To verify participation, have your picture taken with your bike in front of the Rustic Road numbered sign. If solo, just your bike needs to be in front of the numbered sign.” I have 8, and while I really don’t care about the patch, some of these roads have been very cool. Give it a look if you are ever in Wisconsin. A short section of packed gravel. My second requirement is to visit an old fraternity brother in suburban Milwaukee. Next is to visit my granddaughters in Indianapolis. Finally, I want to visit my Uncles and a family gravesite in Kentucky. None of these have a date or time commitment other than an estimated arrival in Furkot. Super Cub. The Cub will be almost entirely stock. I’m running on the original IRC tires. Maybe they aren’t the grippiest, but I do like their versitality. I’ve had them on several packed dirt and gravel roads, and they perform surprisingly well. I don’t know how true this is, but I have read that when Mr. Honda created the Cub, he had to convince IRC to make the unusual sizes it required. What most forget is that a majority of roads in Japan were unpaved at the time, so the original tire design included light off road capabilities. I’ve ridden them over some well packed dirt and fine gravel roads this summer, and they weren’t bad. I figure the rear will be near spent by the time I get to Indy. Won’t really use the Cub off road (a Hunter/Trail Cub in my future?), so I had a set of Michelin Pilot Street 2s sent to my son’s house. I think I will appreciate the dry and wet performance of the new tires as I move south. I purchased all of my own gear and have no interest in any of these vendors. These are just my choices, so don’t take any of this as some kind of expert gospel. I installed the Honda OEM rear rack and a pair of Kijima side bag supports that I purchased from Webike in Japan. If I did it again, I’d do the Kijima rack too for its greater size. The side bags are Kappa brand that I ordered from Chromeburner in the Netherlands. My top bag, an Ogio Aquatech, literally just fell apart at the seams. I’ll try out an Oxford Aqua T-30 for the first time on this trip. I have a single Ram mount for an old iPhone 6 that I use solely for navigation. I don’t have a power port, but I’ve found that a few cheap rechargeable battery packs are enough to keep me charged during a long ride. I take my route off of Furkot and download it as a track to Maps.me. I’ve always been good at navigation and never use turn by turn functionality. Plus, I’ve found that if you plan more obscure roads and download as a route, almost all nav apps will do rerouting and you waste time cleaning it up.