I'm just curious after reminiscing about a trip a made a couple of years ago. I would love to live vicariously through you all, so feel free to embellish a bit. But here's mine...
I live in SLC and my girl spent a couple of semesters at ASU in Tempe AZ. Naturally I was happy, because I got to work on my bike, truck, and basically do what ever I wanted, and just head down every other weekend or so. Early summer rolls around and I get the balls to actually take the 10 hour solo-ride on my VN750.
It was an awesome trip. I rolled out of town at about 4:30 am and headed down I-15. From SLC to Beaver, UT was a drag--literally, I burned a tank of gas in 68 miles driving head on into winds--but from hwy-20 to hwy-89 the trip turned great. Lots of great twists through hwy-20, which is only a 20 mile stretch connecting I-15 and US-89. US-89 heads through Panguitch, Kanab, UT; Page, Flagstaff, AZ. 89 twisted me right through Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park. In AZ the ride takes goes on through Lake Powell, Tonto National Forest; but the highlight of the trip is 10-15 miles south of Page when I came out of a man made cut in the rock. If you have driven the stretch between Page and Flagstaff, you know what I'm talking about. You can see for miles and miles, I believe you can see the north rim of the Grand Canyon.
In a car, I could do this trip in 9.5 to 10 hours. I took a hell of a lot more breaks on the bike and arrived at 6:30, so 14 hours. 720 miles, 480 miles of which are arguably the best miles that this country has to offer. So in total, round trip was about 1440 miles, 26 hours on the bike (I did the return trip much faster), 4 days (2 days for riding, 2 days with my lady), a blown left fork seal, front ACCM spring finally had enough, and one rear tire (which held up, but was practically bald by the time I got home).