Anna , great report ! I have no idea how I missed it for so long . It was worth the wait . You have a writing style that for me is like sipping a fine whiskey . I tend to savor each and every paragraph . Condolences about losing your brother , and I agree he was riding with you the whole trip . It is kind of amazing to younger riders how dependable Japanese bikes from the 80s are . Those of us that have been there know they are great and will run a long time . I adopted you in my mind , both my son and daughter do not ride . I really enjoy your candid thoughts as you lived your adventure , both motorcycling and personal . I will be waiting as time allows you to continue to "pen the tale" . Thanks for a great ride report .