I think there are certain things that come naturally, that good judgement comes with experience. For me, even though I owned a Honda Goldwing for about 12 or 13 years I only took one long trip on it. That was to Tulsa, Oklahoma. I know that’s not that far by some motorcycle traveling enthusiasts standards. I think I trusted myself on that trip because it was cold going up. Of course I just made it to Fort Worth the first night. On the way home it rained straight down, hard a good part of the way home. Being a chronic narcoleptic, I wasn’t tempted to fall asleep going or coming home.
I think my own experiences in life kept me from ever breaking out and riding across the county. Something underlying told me that getting out on a long open road on a nice sunny afternoon with the wind blowing around me may make for a good nap.
Now I have traveled about as far as anyone besides an over the road truck driver or an astronaut, but taking a slight doze behind the wheel of a car or truck is a lot more forgiving than a two wheeler would be. This is me just thinking out loud.