I wouldn't call the decision a mistake, but it was one that definitely allowed for a full range of riding experiences over the weekend. On Monday I got an early start, but it was already gray, overcast and much cooler, and stops for photographs in the early part of the day slowed my forward progress. A note about stopping for photographs-it is difficult for a person with a background in photography (such as myself) to pass up an opportunity to record a place or event, even when it might increase the complexity of the journey. It becomes an even more complicated on a motorcycle. In a car, it is fairly simple to pull over, jump out, take a photo, jump back in and continue on without a significant loss of time. On a motorcycle, you must find a suitable place to pull off (avoiding gravel, etc.), remove your gear, get camera equipment from the bags, take photographs, repack, put your gear on, get back on the bike and go. Any stop for photos takes up significant time.