I have thought about doing this kind of a trip in my 8. Are you able to load up a raft and jackets along with your gear and 2 pax? My thoughts are "where do I put the raft so that I can get it out if I ditch the airplane"?
Sounds like a great time and I will be following you!
Be Safe out there!
From Rosie: No raft Dave, but I will have three aircraft off my wing