Having to refill at some point during a ride is pretty much a normal thing, sport. No one that I ride with goes "Wow! I had to refill-I might go TWO HUNDRED MILES this trip! One of the reasons us old guys like VFRs and ST3&4's, etc, is that you can ride that far without your arms, ass, back, etc getting sore. And do it again the next day, if the opportunity presents itself. You're just getting to a point most of us have been for years.
Don't worry JB kpaul is the Bruce Lee of MO. kwrong, kbully, kjester, kgay, kchicken and kcoder are practice dummies. Every thread ends the same way with them i.e. kbashing. Remember what you said if you end your argument name calling then you have lost it...
My sister just got married at the Columbia Gorge Hotel (knock it off) what a great part of the country with the most polite drivers. I would be a little weary of the all steel grate bridges crossing over to Wa. just E of Hood River. I didn't think about them until I was 1/2 way across and was happy to be in a car.
California has the eighth largest economy in the world. We have everything we need to be our own country (including all the defense technology i.e. Lockheed, General Dynamics, Fairchild, etc., etc.). It's the other 49 we're connected to that's slowing us down.