Man reading about Jimmy's class kills me. We need someone like that here in Texas!! Jimmy, you know anybody over this way that does that kind of thing?
SV, I'd really like to know what kind of gear you will be using: riding gear, luggage, what you pack, etc,...
I sit around fantasizing about doing a trip like this all the time. My wife can tell when I get that far away look and just rolls her eyes. She has no understanding of that nagging feeling that eats away at me to get out there and see the world before I get so bogged down in daily living that it never happens.
I hope you have a safe and great journey!