Wonderfully Planned, Executed, Ridden, Photographed and Narrated. I can almost hear your SA accent telling the story.. (I also have one ;) )
You and your Mrs. have set a standard. It takes some balls to take that ride. I especially note you did the tour with out any specialized gear, eg. Panniers, etc. and actually travelled relatively light,, Please give me the secret on how you persuaded your wife to do that..
Give my regards to P.E. !!!