Your trip report is making me think that I should get back into camping.
I used to hike a lot in high school and college, then traveled around Europe on a budget (budget of zero) and all of it involved frequent sleeping in a tent.
This was a good few decades ago, but now I am getting tempted to try that mode again. Seems like you enjoyed it a lot.
BTW, I am giving out a bit of the story in advance, but here is a news update: last night's triumphant (well...?) return of the GS with a new FD seal.