Wow! Finally made it through the entire thread. Only took me a little over three weeks.
Thanks for the pics, the story and the inspiration. I grew up all over the west coast, from San Diego to Whidby Island and everywhere in between, and many of the places you've traveled through are very familiar to me.
I'm a little sad that you are selling/have sold the XC so soon, barely having a chance to get to know it. I just picked up an 800 Roadie myself and I'm loving it.
Anyway, take care, be safe and again, thanks.