Awesome report and pix!!!
I have been reading several of the well known motorcycle travel books from WP like "Jupiter's Travels","Riding the Edge", "Obsessions Die Hard" and a few other's. Your postings have been just as captivating! The observations, pictures and details have made it a real experience. I purchased a DR650 last year with a far off dream of taking a long trip. I think I need to hurry that schedule a bit..
Your reasons for making the trip is getting copied into my web mail and will be printed out.
As in movie, Shawshank Redemption...."Either get busy living, or get busy dying..."