I've read this entire thread over the course of your journey. During my normal life I missed a few weeks and realized that was when you were in Minneapolis! I see you met up with my fellow DOOM members and had quite the party! :) Maybe during one of our future ride adventures we will cross paths!
I plan on taking a smaller and shorter journey this spring when the weather clears up a bit! It's been a blast to read this entire thread and many of your posts have struck the right chords and inspired me to plan a trip with my lovely Italian mistress as well!