Certainly a valid viewpoint. I think every rider should make a cross country trip at least once and it is a rite of passage. But I think the consensus here is that given the time constraints, concentrating the travels in the west will be a more rewarding experience. All long trips are virtually assured of some experiences that suck at the time, but that will make the journey more memorable. Besides, a cross country trip on the north/south axis is a worthy endeavor in and of itself.