Wow. Seems like an incredible experience; I can't believe so many of you slept in a midsized Renault. I recently took a trip around Europe, though it was merely a school trip and not as independent as your adventure seemed to be. Glad you all traveled safe and hopefully you had the time of your life.
The hot springs look incredible from your pictures. Hopefully I will be able to see something like that someday. Does anyone know of anything similar in the States?