Any chance you could scan a page a day? It might be easier than typing and that much better for us...
At the very least, post the picture if you can. It will really help to put stories and names with a face and bike!
In any case - love the story; whatever you do, keep it coming. I know that the people who rode Indians for days on end like that were far, far harder-core than anyone thinks they are these days. He probably ha da hardtail and a springer frontend, eh?