UPDATE 11/30/12: Wow! I now have 15 days off from December 21st to January 6th. Will be able to spend a bit more time exploring the roads between Tucson & Austin. Hell, I might even make a 3-day run into Los Angeles and back to see an old friend before starting the eastern route home. <original post below> Hello all, Will have 12 consecutive days off work from December 21 to January 1st, I'd like to ride from Orlando, FL to spend Xmas in Tucson, AZ with a close friend & his family. Are there any route suggestions or tips others can offer here? My bike is a 2006 FJR I've had since summer. I've done two 10-day 4K trips between Florida to St. Louis & back (one on the FJR) using different routes through Tennessee, Arkansas, OK, Texas, and Louisiana. I've ridden in 35F to 110F weather (on different trips) and was stupid enough to ride through part of a Gulf tropical storm into New Orleans like a drowned rat on my previous Wee-Strom. I'm thinking of making the trip west in 4 days and using the remaining 8 days for a slower return trip with flexibility for weather, sights, and the inevitable unexpected. This would mean I-10 for most of the westbound trip, with overnight stops with friends in Baton Rouge and Austin, a motel someplace in far western Texas, and arriving in Tucson at the end of the 4th day or mid-way through the 5th day on Xmas. I-10 can be boring (FL panhandle gahhh) but seems to be the safest route weather-wise during then. On the way back, I'd like to try some curvier roads through AZ, NM, and TX. I would like to spend New Year's Eve among friends in Austin, and use the same I-10 route to high-tail it back to FL on the slab. Ideas? Suggestions? I might be able to stretch this to 14 days by taking Dec 20th and January 2nd off from work. Thanks!