Re: Pre-trip inspection
I know of several people that run with only one cable. I wouldn't do it, and in your situation it would be very chancy.
I'll bet there are more than a few of us forum regulars that would like to see pictures and read some trip reports of your travels. I am particularly interested in the interaction you have with people that are isolated from the "modern" world. Gas stations, hotels, etc.
I don't ride fast, but I do ride far.