Tips for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic
Smith said he'd traveled from Washington D.C. to Albuquerque, New Mexico when he decided to get off the road on March 27 and quarantine in his New Lenox hometown.
He returned to the road in early June and rode to Fairbanks, Alaska. On June 27, Smith headed into the Arctic to Prudhoe Bay (which sits on the northern coast of Alaska) to start the Pan-American Highway.
This, he said, will take him to the southern tip of South America.
Smith said he always follows local pandemic guidelines, which is why he was tested when he entered Alaska. When he left Arizona, Smith decided to get tested two more times before heading into Wyoming and Idaho.
He camps about 95% of the time, which is far greater than the 60% he had initially intended, Smith said.
"But it’s great for social distancing," Smith said.
He also stays out of restaurants and bars, preferring to shop for groceries every week or so.
“I have a stove, so I can cook hot meals for myself,” Smith said.
Smith said he will go to breweries if they have outdoor seating.
"I wear a mask all the time when I fill for gas,” Smith said. “And I keep my motorcycle gloves on when using the pump.”