I forgot to mention my very good luck in Latvia. When I got to Riga via bus from Tallinn, Estonia, I discovered that I was in the middle of a major Song Festival, with over 35,000 participants! It was amazing because the folk groups, in their traditional clothing, were performing everywhere. The final parade of groups through the streets of Old Town took hours.
I finally have my motorbike out of customs and am packing and fixing things. The biggest problem now is getting European liability insurance, which I stupidly did not realize I had to get and should have gotten before I left the US. I only got my moto out of customs because my friend, Minda, talked them into releasing it without insurance.
I hope to leave as early as tomorrow as I want to get to Berlin to see friends before they leave on holiday. I also will be getting new hard panniers to replace my leaky soft ones and need some things fixed before leaving for the rest of eastern and southern Europe and then most of Africa.