As I remember others who contributed to the fun, I will post more.
Some may see the blog, others may not. But they were all appreciated!
In no particular order, I give you:
Teresa and Kara, who opened their home to us at the beginning and end of the trip, giving us our jumping off and landing points, if you will. You made us feel at home. Thanks!!!
YoManBob. Dude, we really would have had a bear of a time without you the first two weeks. Thanks for the driving, the wit, and the buffer between your sisters! We really missed you after you flew home. Next time, you're in for the long haul, right? RIGHT?!!!
Mark Lassiter. Thanks for all the encouragement. My very own cheering section! Dust off your bike for when we head your way, dude.
Shannon and Brian at Houston Motorsports. Not only did Shannon get my bike in immediately for some much needed maintenance but he didn't laugh (much) when I told him about my oil-less 250 mishap. Brian - such a cool guy! - spent some time with us discussing the finer points of summer riding around NM and AZ and I wish him everything except Hope! [inside joke] Make sure you send us a line if you decide to head to Louisiana. Oh, and a quick thanks to the young lady that helped us with highway pegs. She was very nice and I'm sorry I didn't get her name. Nice shop, honest people, go visit them!
Cynthia S. Thanks for meeting me along the road. Great time chatting with you face to face - finally! - and I'm looking forward to riding with you soon. By the way, the Taster's Choice tip was just the ticket. I'll look for the cooling stuff as soon as I get home.