My goal: two years from now, to be able to drive a motorized bicycle from Buffalo to New York City (roughly 500 km), or similar multi-day trips.
My budget: I can scrounge around $100 a month for any and all non-essentials; so some fraction of that can be put aside for a bike fund.
My current bicycle equipment: none, not even a helmet. (I do have a good assortment of hiking and camping gear.)
My hope for this thread: that some kind souls will help point me in the direction of some relevant info on getting ready for such trips, from acquiring a motorized bicycle onwards.