The first thing to tackle, however, was boxing my bike up for air travel. I picked up a cardboard box from one of the local bike shops that they receive their new bikes in. They usually will give them away. Some shops, offer a service to pack your bike for you. Generally speaking this shouldn't be that big a deal but you know I got to have my fenders and racks with me. That took up some more room. In fact, the handle bars and seat had to ride in a separate piece of luggage. As of this moment I believe most airlines will charge you an additional $25-50 for oversized luggage. And be prepared. Once you've packed everything up just perfect and taped it all up, TSA will come along and look in it, then re-tape it with their own tape. But it survived both ways.
The weather was perfect. The ride has two dry river bed crossings and Mariachi's were playing at both. The second of the two winds you through a beautiful mesquite grove.
My parents came out to support me 1/2 way through the route. Christine met me at the finish holding a sign with her brother and sister and a whole group of friends were waiting in the beer garden with THIS wacky little scroll. Thanks all!