Hello there JDowns!
Just wanted to chime in with everyone else and say what an awesome ride report this is. I have dreams of Tierra del Fuego as well, and am pleased to see you doing it on a shoe string budget. My plans include my 03 Royal Enfield in the garage, not something as reliable as your little thumper. But I love seeing how you do things and getting good ideas for my future rides.
Ride on brother. Be safe out there. Thanks for what you do.