Taking your first solo trip on your motorcycle is something that’s hard to describe, but for many riders, it’s a rite of passage. Hitting the open road, leaving the world behind you and seeking adventure is part of the joy of owning a bike.

So if you’re thinking of taking your bike out into the world on your own this summer, here’re a few things to keep in mind.

Plan your route and tell someone what it is

You don’t need to have a detailed plan, but you do need to have a general idea of where you are going. Once you have that, you can take detours and mini adventures along the way, but having some kind of plan will help you stay within a timeline (should you have one) and help to avoid getting really lost. Then, once you have that minor plan, share it with someone. It’s just safer that way.

Six hours is a long time on your bike

Six hours in a car isn’t that big of a deal, but on a bike, it’s a long haul. Plan on taking lots of little breaks to stretch your legs, have a drink of water and take in the scenery. Take naps if you need them. Stop into the unique shops in a small town and get to know the locals. Whatever it is that you do, make sure you break up those long stretches.

Weather changes quickly

Be prepared. Depending on how long your trip is, or where you are going, you are going to encounter some crazy weather systems. Rain, hail, tornadoes are all possible. So make sure you are prepared for stormy weather and willing to pull over and take shelter if need be.

Bring the technology

While a solo trip may be a great opportunity to unplug from all your tech stuff, it’s probably not the smartest way to go. Your smartphone or other gadgets can be a great tool when you’re out on the road by yourself. Your smartphone can help you when you’re lost and can help you stay in touch with those back at home.