Suches (T.W.O.) to the Crossroads of Time: two hours.
Up the Dragon: 30 mins.
Down the Dragon: 30 mins.
Throw in an hour for lunch at T.W.O, or that great fish restaurant that overhangs the river, the name of which I can never remember, and a couple of 20 min. breaks for smokes and gas, hey, guess what...you just rode for 12 hours. Home in time for bike night at the Vortex, the chance to show off all your new bugs!
Now, I wouldn't call it an adventure, as I've done it a dozen times. But its easily twelve hours, and it sure is fun. Course, I owned an 1150GS Adv. at the time. Now, I'm bikeless. Alms for the poor, anyone?
I'd be happy to squeeze my 6'2" self onto a CityX, even. How abouta leftover Z-Rex. Hello? Guys? It's dark in here...guys?
I made the trip with a buddy from Morgantown, WV to Helena, Montana in three days. On a Honda Superhawk, no less! My friend was on an RF900, and was much much more comfortable. I was almost stranded without gas a few times, but boy was it worth it. Soon as I moved to Philly, someone was nice enough to relieve me of the bike. Stupid Philly.
Punishment was my home in Atlanta to Ft. Worth, TX on I-20 in 16 hours. 1032 miles IIRC. So far, my longest one day distance. I collapsed into bed that night and I swear I felt like I was still moving. It was enough to induce a semi-hypnogogic state.
8-12 hours on back roads is bliss. A few days later on the same trip, I did Highway 12 to 24 to 95 in southern Utah, and I don't think I've ever seen anywhere more beautiful, surreal, and alien. I might have to get an adventure bike of some sort next and spend a few weeks in that area alone - so many unpaved and loose roads I wasn't equipped explore...
IMHO it's alot like lifting weights, or any other excercise; the more often you ride, the more you enjoy those long days, and the less they hurt.
Seems like kind of a sloooow pace. 4000 miles in 14 days works out to a little less than 300 miles per day. Who needs 8 to 12 hours a day to do 300 miles?? Maybe there are some of the back roads where you have to carry the bike?
Some of that would be cool to see, but too many miles between with spots I just wouldn't want to see- i.e.- wow, look at that wheat field, hey is that soy beans? I'll stay with the local twisties. Besides - the ZX12 sucks on gavel.