I'm doing the CDR trail in late summer (Aug.) and can't decide between the DRZ or the GS. I will have to travel about 1300 miles to get to the start of the trail, complete the trail, them 1400ish miles home.
With my limited off road ability is the GS the bike I want to go on? Or is the DRZ the bike to handle the 'off road' sections the choice?
On one hand I hate to ride to the start, then home, on the DRZ. On the other hand fire trail, gravel and forestry roads are not a problem for me on the GS but I don't want to be picking up the GS on a regular basis
From your report the roads look very doable on the GS.
By the way I loved your RR with the maps and daily mileage.