Great trip report, Rod!
That smoke in AZ looked horrible! I know how bad it was riding through distant forest fire smoke in Idaho for several hours - did you lose your voice after breathing in all that smoke?
Love the pictures of that suspension bridge!
Awesome surprise parade - like my surprise rodeo!
Did you completely miss on New Orleans?
I love your little summary - 362 miles/day for 16 days is pretty intense!
I did 4000 miles in 25 days and I don't think I would have covered that much if I hadn't spent a couple nights here and there - just having to get on the bike and cover that much every day would have killed me. I encountered some really awful wind in some stretches - and nearly got hypothermia going into Yellowstone - it's amazing how much that drained me (I slept a lot in my two nights in Yellowstone!)
Was wind an issue? Heat? Cold?