Mission accomplished. Finished the entire TAT today with a ride into the Pacific at Port Orford, Oregon.
Crossing the USA on a thumper was every bit as painful as I thought it would be, but it would have been impossible to do the entire TAT on my GS.
All together it was 31 days and 7 hours. 6334 miles from my house in Petersburg, to OBX, to the family farm in WV, then the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, Deal's Gap, Cherohala Skyway, and the Trans-America Trail end to end. Two rear tires, four flats, one oil change, three broken frame spots on Joe's XR, and a muffler wrapped in tree bark. An stories to tell forever.
Tomorrow we begin the prep for Joe and his Dad to make the return trip. Oil and filter changes, tire changes, small fairings added, and transfer of the tools and parts. I fly home Friday morning, and they head back to Virginia via Highway 50, the Loneliest Road in America. I can't believe Joe is willing to ride that XR home on the highway. It was painful enough as it was at 25-35 mph!
Can't wait to get back to Petersburg and see everyone.
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