it was my first time to the monument. more personal and meaningful once you see it. it's actually a memorial for many riders who passed away. the 610 is a good bike to get you there. also include the cuddeback lake, hoffmann tower, and randsburg. depends on where will you be staging, but that is a full day of riding. yeah john, the riding god has been good to us last weekend's camp and ride, then this weekend. your 990 would have roosted dust and sand in our faces if you showed up.... rich, we can plan on something, camp and ride. i saw some areas where we can camp. there is also a good and long route (big bike friendly) to the monument and cuddeback that the gas station attendant pointed out to us. more dirt than the gps track that i planned to run. ersin and tex will love this ride.