Kim and I recently rode our motorcycles from Akron, OH to Quemado, NM (with a side trip to the Grand Canyon). I placed my GoPro camera in several different locations on the bike and set it to take a photo every 5 seconds. Over the 17 days of the trip the camera captured more nearly 14,000 images. I'll string the pics together to create a time lapse video of our trip. As I sort through the images I've found some of my favorite stills...
Traveling by motorcycle is a sensual experience. Every temperature change, smell (which is sometimes so strong that you can taste it...example: cattle feed yard, and more positively, wild flowers), landscape feature and humidity level is experienced at a very base level.
It's also very physical. We rode for about 9 hours a day over a variety of pavement surfaces, through twisty roads and long, long straight stretches. Almost our whole trip was spent on secondary highways and backroads. For most of the trip it was in the high 90's to low 100's and very dry.
One of my favorite aspects of motorcycle travel is the connection formed between the rider and the bike. I depend on the bike for movement, safety, and relative comfort. After several hours in the saddle I was able to interpret its sound, the smell of the chain oil, and the heat of the engine as relative to its efficiency and performance.