thanks for the excellent RR. It's one of the best I've seen in quite a while in the way you blend travel tips, philosophy and commentary/photos of your travels. It's been interesting to follow your "diversions" when you spend time with ADVriders along the route. Your photos are great, too, glad you weren't camera-less for long.
I seem always to have more trip than time and reports like this remind me how much I miss as I "iron-butt" it through. Someday I'm going to have the time for some extended trips and I'm going to do it more like you.
BTW, I hope you don't mind me lifting a line from one of your early posts to quote in my sig. I totally share that sentiment and love that feeling just as a new trip gets going.