Thanks for all the tips/input guys! You guys are awesome!
Can everyone who plans on taking this trip give us an idea of how many days you think you can be out? Let's assume starting the 27th. I can be home as late as Sept 1st, which is the sixth day.
I ride an XR650L that would have a fair bit of weight in gear strapped to it for this long of a trip. I'm also not a huge fan of riding in sand, so I'm game for skipping that portion of route 5.
We can plan a route that allows folks to turn off early if need be.