Final thoughts 1. The route plan. I was pleased with the route that I chose. I didn’t rely on just one source, but used a variety including satellite photos, a Butler map, state DOT websites, Furkot recommendations and other map apps. I made modifications up to the last week prior to leaving. I never intended to follow it exactly, and I did leave out some details where I knew what to do, but it was simpler to leave the route as it was. The biggest open question and the one which would have required significant changes on the fly was whether I would be able to cross the Mississippi on the ferry. I followed them on their Facebook page the month before leaving, and it was clear that service was interrupted by a wide variety of mechanical and natural issues. In fact, the week after I crossed, they were shut down several days due to low water. Only one of my planned gas stops was out of business, and I found an unplanned alternative when the backup was closed too. I dodged two significant detours by scooting around the barriers, but finding road work online is a bit of a pain. 2. Covid-19. I was concerned about lodging, but it became clear that they had plans in place to keep the rooms clean. Some better than others. The Fairfields used so much disinfectant that it made me sneeze. Restaurant practices was more spotty and varied greatly by state. Obviously I enjoy food, and I felt like I missed some opportunities. 3. Gear. Luggage- Good. Adequate size for the Cub. Not tested by rain. iPhone 6 as navigator. Very good. I bought 4 $6 rechargeable battery packs from Walmart to keep the phone powered. I could have made due with one, two were nice, 4 were unnecessary. RAM mount. I suck at attaching these. On big bumps the mount would bounce and turn on my brights. Helmet. A great purchase for being on the fly with no research. Very comfortable, but you need a liner when it’s cold. All other gear. My only complaint is about my revit over pants that have been long discontinued. The closures on on the side and it’s a major pain when you have to pee. Old guys, you know what I mean. Young guys, one day soon. Spare fuel bottle. Never used it, but loved it as an insurance policy. The rest of this is pretty much a stream of consciousness. One way to think about a trip with a smaller, slower bike is to look at the recommended mileage you should expect to cover on the TAT. Up to 150 is comfortable. Up to 250 is doable. Over 250 is painful and my 330 day was insane. I swore I would stop at the sites even if it made my days longer and distances shorter. I’d give myself a B+. I was extremely fortunate with the weather, but it wasn’t all luck. As a boater and former sailor, I watch the weather carefully, and it made it easier to plan a weather window. Luck came into play when I missed any of the impacts from Hurricane Delta. I’m a mediocre photographer, but I wish welcome signs were placed better. I can’t be the only one who likes a shot of their bike by the signs. Fuel data 29 stops 16.734 gallons used Ave fill 0.577 Max fill 0.756 Min fill 0.216 Total cost $44.17 Ave fill cost $1.52 Max fill cost $2.08 Min fill cost $0.57 I went about 15 miles on my last fill, so this number isn’t exact, but I got around 105 mpg. Finally, my biggest surprise was the reaction of people when I pulled up somewhere. I’m used to motorcycle riders asking about a bike, but this was the first time where I got more questions from non-riders. Maybe Honda got this wrong. It isn’t just about the riders. It wasn’t much of a Viking trip, but it was surely one hell of a good time. See you next time.