That lady sure doesn't do the US proud, especially abandoning her own travelling companion like that (even ignoring the rudeness of acting like no one else was stranded at the border).
As a Virginian, I am just quietly hoping that the "irritating east coast accent" was more Fran Drescher than mid-Atlantic or Southern (no need to resolve the ambiguity for me, I might not like the outcome
On a happier note, your trip is amazing. Frankly, getting off the bike for a couple of weeks and just walking has been the most amazing part for me. If getting on a motorcycle lets you see three times as much as driving in a car, walking is at least that much again. Maybe more. It takes a tremendous amount of patience and openness to see the world on foot. I admire that tremendously.