Most excellent report and the pics are A1. This take considerable effort posting a report this detailed and doing an epic adventure at the same time, this is great. You said technically you are now on your return trip. There is a motorcycle ride effect HorizonsUnlimited teaches, it's about returning home and the closer you get the faster you tend to go and the more dangerous it gets. I think of this all the time, I slow down purposely to counteract this effect for safety, and it extends the joy of the ride of course. Keep it up! Unreal first ride report!