Enjoying your ride report and love that your doing it on the bike that you are. Just goes to show you can do it on whatever you want/have.
Can I make a suggestion or ask a favour as an non-US reader? When you put the date and day in the subject heading you also add the state/area where you are. As an Aussie i wouldn't have a clue where most of the towns you are talking about are but would like to follow and also add into my trip planning places that I like the look of. (I am planning on 18 months from early 09 in North, central and Sth America).
Be safe and have fun.
"Some people will tell you that slow is good – and it may be, on some days – but I am here to tell you that fast is better. I've always believed this, in spite of the trouble it's caused me. Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube. That is why God made fast motorcycles...."
Hunter S. Thompson - Song of the Sausage Creature