There's been a lot going on in the Paul M Bowers world. The economy has whipped the rear end of business, family members have died, connecting rods wore out, etc. I've been wanting to get away for a long dual-sport ride for some time, but postponements kept reoccurring. And it's hard to get away- my wife works an executive job that is a timesuck, and the kiddo needs a parent. So I waited. Rescheduled, waited.
Finally, I carved out a 6-ish days for myself. Arranged for the after-school pickups and the mom days. But where to go? Colorado was calling, but if I went solo, that's nearly four days of just driving. So I poured over ride reports and kept returning to the Crawdaddy and Strega Circle of the Big Ditch. I contacted Strega asking if he a) thought it'd be doable solo and b) be interested in going along.
Strega's opinion was that it COULD be done solo, but he's registered for another ride and was unavailable. So I began to plan.
A day or so later, I got and email from Jim, asking if I'd be interested in a ride buddy, and explaining he was interested in the identical ride on the same days had planned.