I'm looking forward to your report!
I laughed when I saw your work space. Just like mine, even the thermos, except yours is cleaner. I also work in a basement (old fallout shelter) for the goverment. Same story with riding friends too. Those that still ride, ride harleys. I'm planning to do the CDR solo next season before my warranty runs out on my 2010 F650gs. I have mixed feelings about which end to start on. I like the sun on my face but the New Mexico mud is the issue. If I start up north and hurry through and hit rain at the end I'll end up leaving the trail for home. If I start from the south I can bypass the mud (if needed) and use the time to poke around Colorado or other pretty places and feel like I've done my best to complete the trail. Look forward to your report. Good luck!