Thank you everyone for your most helpful suggestions, I'll certainly take them to heart! At this point, I have our lodging booked in Bilbao where I pick up the R1200 RT from IMT Rentals as well as our last night in Barcelona where we return the BMW. Early in the trip, we will spend a couple of days at Maison ZIBEROA - Chambre d'hôtes de charme en Pays Basque www.ziberoa.com I'm getting more comfortable with finding lodging on the fly for the majority of the trip. Cheers! The first several days route, more or less!