Sean, it's Sean (from the Haines-Skagway ferry a couple summers ago).
I've finally caught up on your trip. For a scientist, your ability to capture your experiences and observations in words would make your English teachers and professors proud! Very nicely done.
I'm finding I prefer your ride report over others because of your lack of timeline. It is certainly availing you to some kick-ass experiences and people!
Gimme some background on the amount of Spanish you had prior to taking the trip. I'm trying, unsuccessfully thusfar, to plant the seed that once my stay-at-home dad gig runs out in four years that I'll take six months to ride south before joining the working masses again. If she takes the hook, I'll need to get on the espagnol post haste. I think my current knowledge of "No fumar espagnol" wouldn't cut it!