Great story so far, can't wait to read more of your journey. Trust me what you are doing is not for the average rider. People don't realize how big the world is till you ride it. The people and experiances along your journey will last forever and can never be replaced.
Buddy of mine lives in Crozet and gave up riding a few years ago after a friend of ours was killed on his bike.
still can't believe the cop gave you a ticket though..