I began to include the details of every town visited and decided that for most of us that was way too much detail and got in the way of the story.

I'm happy that you like to self guide, but the 'insurance' of having a replacement bike to keep us rolling was a consideration. I also preferred following the local leader, as opposed to tracking with a tank bag map or GPS on my initial Alps trip.

Edelweiss is a top tier outfit - (though if one of my fellow riders had a spouse trying to follow in a rented Fiat, I would not have had such a good experience.) We rode briskly and made good time, whether in the group or in small self guided tours - which you'll note we did for 25% of the time.