Actually shock and awe, and jealousy. Sounds like a great trip.
My rear shock started leaking at Sedona last year. More pounding than it was used to. In future I’ll travel with a spare beefier DH shock.
Very nice so far. Weather is a bit unsetlled but can't change that. My shock was missing a seal which is probably my local bike shop's oops. Do you think the suspension design of your recumbent puts more stress on the rear shock (compared to the front fork). I always wonder if you feel like your nether regions take some abuse being seated the entire time...
Yes, the rear shock takes more of a pounding. I can actually get up off the seat a bit when going over a bigger hit, so I don't get beat up too much. At least it's not my groin taking the beating, more my lower back and butt.
When I install the DH shock in the front position I get a lot more travel (and boing) than my XC setup.