Just completed 5500 mile solo ride (see thread). Here's some thoughts:
500-600 miles/day is certainly doable, but not as relaxed a schedule as I prefer. 400-450 miles is a nice ride and gives you a couple more hrs/day for stops, photos, side trips, visits, sleep, etc.
Gas stations out west ARE a concern, but you just have to pay attention. Exits are further apart and not every exit has gas. If your "fuel" lite comes on and you didn't see that sign 10 miles back that said "Next Services 65 Miles", you're probably going to have a more interesting day than planned.
Things I'm glad I had:
3 different pr
. gloves-chilly in high elevations and early morning. (probably not an issue mid-summer).
sandals/sneakers-Those boots ain't made for walkin'.
electronics-GPS, laptop, camera, and cell phone are not absolutely necessary, but added immeasureably to my convenience and comfort.
Security-heavy cable and lock to post/tree will not stop serious thieves, but could slow them long enough for me to get a clean shot.
Things I could have left at home:
Half the clothes-many motels, truck stops, and my friends, have laundry facilities. Two weeks, plus "just in case" stuff, was too much.
Extra helmet-my full-face has speakers and mike in it, but didn't use it (just needed to dodge the truckers, not talk to them.)
Cue stick-my host, without consulting me
, had sold his pool table. We still played, but not enough to justify carrying my stick--and now I'm faced with having to shoot at home with a high-mileage stick!