. I would like to get a good feel of small town middle America, and ride though some picturesque farmland.
I've been doing this for years.Now days while most of my trips west now days are pulling a dual sport, I still stay on the back roads once I cross the big river.It becomes a much more relaxed trip.
Best tip I can give you is to forget the fast food joints and look for the small restaurants that have the most cars in the lot.Don't outside appearance fool you.
Thats where you can find the real America.