acgwolfe, congratulations on your enlightened choice of transport. A friend and I are planning a late June departure from Carolina Beach on a pair of xr650l's. We are mostly done with bike prep... well, at least halfway done. I still have bark busters and pannier racks to add, but the big tanks are on. We'll depart o/a the 24th and plan for 21-28 days. We are going to follow mostly Sam's routes with some deviations. We spend some time in Western NC, so no need to dwaddle there. Likewise, I am from the great flat of Oklahoma and we will ride for time rather than surface experience there. Our reasoning is that we are really in it for points west of New Mexico. We do have some deviations that we are still working out. We'll likely break off and ride the Shaffer Trail in Canyonlands N.P. We are also intent on doing the old Nevada crossing rather than the new Idaho route. Time permitting we'll run down High Rock Canyon in NV before hitting Cedarville. The route isn't finalized yet. Good luck to all of you.