I second G's nomination as one of the best days of the trip as riding through Eastern Nevada. After talking with my family in the morning, I was missing my wife and my baby girl. I was / am very thankful for this trip and that we were able to work out the logistics with additional family members flying in to help with child care. It was great that I was able to leave for 2 weeks. I realized the great support we have with our extended family and missing them was overwhelming. I think that was one of the reasons the riding was so great as I was able to put that energy into the riding.
It also helped that the weather made the dirt tacky and perfect.