Not sure where we are leaving from Blacksburg. Most likely we'll stop by the campus and leave from there. I'm partial to the either the chapel or the Memorial
Beartooth is part of the trip. I"m not sure if it was ever considered a detour. I'll have to talk to my buddy about it but i expect it was something that was inserted before our route changed up.
I will add this interesting tid bit. My buddy and I graduated together with another guy who if fact starts today a ride across the country on a bicycle to raise money for MS. At first our paths were going to be different, but now it seems that we will be camping in the same town the first night of our trip.