Tell me more about that seat gel. I noticed you gave it a positive comment from the Brokeback trip.
It saved my arse on the way back from Utah!
The funny part is that it got lost for 2-days. I left it on the roof of the vehicle Wednesday night. Thursday morning the S.O. went to work and I forgot about the pad. I found it in the middle "suicide lane" of a major road a few days later! It was muddied and flithy from all the traffic and rain. I threw the whole thing in the washer on gentle cycle. Took it apart and threw it into the dryer for a partial drying, then let it sit out. The lycra covering is ripped a bit, but the rest is in perfect condition.
It is actually made up of three components. The lycra cover with a soft "non-slip" (neoprene type) bottom, an approx. 1/2" medical gel pad, and approx. 1/2" of memory foam with a "non-slip" tacky backing (similar to thin area rug padding) on top of the gel pad.
In the past I've done the Mass to Myrtle Beach trip on the H-D with out modified seat on the way down. Got the seat modified during Bike Week and rode it back with a Butt Buffers mod. That was day and night. This additional pad just added a bit more comfort and insurance. Worth every penny! It made a 1600+ mile day of riding tolerable. I wasn't feeling much discomfort until about the 800-900 mile mark. Quite remarkable, IMHO! Not cheap at $130 retail, but I got it at 10 or 15% off.
For long distances, I ride with a good pair of bike shorts and "Monkey Butt" Powder.
There is a sheepskin dealer/tailor up on Rt. 2 near Greenfiel, MA. I'm going to have a custom made cover for the pad. I'll leave the bottom the "non-slip" neoprene and just the top all soft and fluffy.