Originally Posted by Hektoglider
a bit of pre-trip research is good. Being flexible on the road is good. Arriving at a far away town or beach, and discovering that you took the overcrowded boring route and missed the "best motorcycle road" in the area is not good. Riding the best routes requires knowing what and where they are, after all, its the journey not the destination.
Exactly. I plan so I have an idea of things I'd like to see. There is a lot of area to cover in this world, and I may not ever return to the same place twice. I usually end up cutting out things because I found some curiosity that led me another direction, but at least I was aware of what I was deciding to skip.