Came across this ride report today, and gave it a read.
You tell a story well, thank you for all your efforts in bringing this to us.
Of all your great pics, I think this one is the best:
Dunno why, just has an interesting esthetic to me.
For Europe, get yourself a little reading material from Whitehorse Press: Motorcycle Journeys thru the Alps by John Hermann.
Written by one of the nicest people you'll ever meet, John lives just down the road from you in Coronado. Well worth your time to get together him, not only for his extensive knowledge of riding in Europe, but also for having the chance to meet such an interesting guy. Based upon those folks that struck a chord with you in your travels, John will be someone you'll never regret spending time with. I rode with him a bunch when I lived in Belgium and he was over for his trips, he made a lasting impression on me.
Safe travels, sir.