"Juanita, in the Andes" I can't wait.
I picture a short stout woman with a black bowler hat, in a multicolor wool bikini.
I use a recipe card spiral notebook for notes. The cardstock is less fragile than paper. I also wrap velcro around a pen and just stick it to the outside of my tank bag. Near the top of the map window is a good place. I do lose a few pens, but if it's handy it gets used more often.
I note words that hit me, smells, thoughts, etc. In the morning I usually note the mileage, location, and weather.
Some kind of paper roller would seem to be good also. I think Big Dog uses something based on an enduro roller.