Too bad you don't own or have access to a few bikes. I live too far away to think about riding my bike that far, it would take weeks to get there on a dual sport from here. I understand that it would be an investment, but you can find good older bikes with low milage for good prices on Craigslist. I've been using http://findoncl.com/ to check CL across the US. Little Yamaha XT225s are great little bikes that anyone can ride. You can find nice ones for around $1500 each. Suzuki DR350s are in that price range too. At that price you could have 3 good dependable bikes for less than $5000.