Great pics! Sounds almost like my trip. same bike and timeframe. Except i took the AH1 most of the way. I would also vouch for Phung as well. went above and beyond the call of duty to help me out on a number of occasions. i tried the old taking the old high way but had to take the AH1 due to time constrains. I'd definitely recommend a full face helmet. my three-quarter helmet required a face mask and allowed way too much wind noise. And avoid riding at night.