Scott: What a great ride you had. Looks like you did the same route my wife and I did just the opposite direction. 4500 miles 11 states in 10 days. We have some of the same pics. We didn't see as many critters though. Best ride we have ever been on.
The trip was awesome, we had near perfect weather except for the 100+ degrees it was through Louisiana and Texas. I have to give credit to my wife for her cooperation and endurance. We did 6000+ miles in 13 days which works out to 470 miles per day; that is a lot for her and she never once complained, in fact on a couple occasions she encouraged me to keep on going.