Hey YFFs, I have set myself the goal of successfully completing a SaddleSore 1000 or Bun Burner 1500 by the end of next summer. I've looked over the AOW advice on the Iron Butt website. I understand this is endurance riding, not a race. I'll be riding a 2005 R1200GS, stock tank. I live in NYC and will likely head in a southerly way as that's where my family & friends live. I was hoping for some of y'all's collective wisdom on long-distance riding. Is it better to do the SS1k as a straight line or a loop, ie A->1,000mi->B or A->500mi->B->500mi->A? Is it madness to attempt a SaddleSore 2000 my first time out? Let the wisdom juices flow over me.