Hello F800ekelley -
I am admittedly more of a lurker on here than a poster but this thread strikes a chord and I just have to add my two cents. I too am a lover of the distance rides and really enjoy the 1000 mile plus days. Different people enjoy different types of riding. Whether influenced by time constraints, physical issues or something else we all have one thing in common. We all love to ride. It shouldn't matter if we ride super slab, backroads or dirt. We all love to ride. Some of us freaks let the sights, sounds and smells of riding just melt away the miles making 1000 mile days a non event. There doesn't need to be any validation beyond the fact that some are happiest on the bike. As long as you are aware of your limits, the long distances need not be unsafe. I hope your trip is a great one and wish you all the best.