On the boat journey you mean?Did some searching and it does look interesting. Did you have any reservations about bringing your camera gear on the journey?
Not really. Only took one camera with lens.
On the road trip as a whole, no either.
There were only two stops that felt dodgy, I think one per trip. One was a town people here said "oh you never stayed there did you". The check in girl said you're booked out the back, for 5 bucks I can put you out the front, with a I would if I was you look. We did.
Another one was called the Hitchin post, can't recall town now. But it looked residential with half fixed cars outside rooms and various other things. Not very clean either. But everywhere else felt safe.
The "aircon" in our death Valley motel was, unique. A pipe coming from the ceiling maybe 10 inches round with a hurricane wind coming out of it. Right racket. Gawd knows how we got to sleep.
But these things are part of the trip and memories we talk about.