I just finished a ride from Germany to Republic of Georgia and back over several weeks. The best times, the ones I will remember all my life were those that were not part of any plan, things that happened and how I reacted, the people I met then and the actions I had to take to deal with the reality of the trip.
Do the research, enjoy it, make a plan. Then, ride and enjoy as God laughs at your plan.
Normal is just a setting on the dryer.
2009 R1200GS A, 2008 K1200GT