whittierider, i'm sure it's not suicide! have you made the ride south to north? there's no way i would fly to oregon!! i wonder what equipment that biker used to measure the 80mph windspeed.... east coast is getting those speeds right now and they're evacuating i wouldn't ride at all in those conditions no matter which direction!
i haven't seen a single tourer in two months on the southern tier. i think this is mostly down to people with no experience of it warning of the problems to face.