Great ride report! Boy did you pick a day for that ride. I was thinking of riding, but had to spend the day changing the throw out bearing in my truck so it would be ready for the Tahoe Oktoberfest. I watched the downpour outside the garage most of the day.
Sounds like it all worked out, and you managed to get a genuine adventure out of it. Way to break in the new bike.
See you in a couple of weeks!