You guys are killing me about that ride on the 2nd. It was challenging and somewhat scary not being able to find a paved road but in hindsight it gave me a good idea what the 12GS could do. In addition it gave me an idea what I can do. Will I go back? Probably not...... but I had a good time and enjoyed the company.
On a less exciting note ..... I just got back from the Honda Wing Ding (Goldwing) rally in Knoxville. All I can say is .... I'd rather ride with the AdvRider group. I'm 54 and I felt young and skinny down there. Its just not my cup of tea. I would rather go to a motorcycle only campground and sit around the campfire drinking a beer. I did get to do the Snake on 421 again but I sure missed my GS.