Dave, thank you! I take that as a great compliment, and I appreciate it! I had an amazing trip - journey of a lifetime - and I certainly don't intend to wait that long again before hitting the road for somewhere new. And hey, both of those shark dives were with trained professionals! This time, I was on my own all over this vast and varied land of ours, and it felt really good to be out there traveling everywhere - if I didn't need one of those pesky "job" things for money right now, I'd just randomly drive around the U.S. often for the rest of my life. So now as soon as I find work, I'll begin saving for the next trip. Don't worry, this isn't the last you'll hear of me. Thanks again!
Sykotyk, thank you! I did my best to take it easy, but I also tried to pack as much into every day as possible and seize as many of those precious minutes and hours as I could, putting them to good use. I definitely feel like it was one of my greatest accomplishments, and just an amazing overall experience. I needed it! And I feel different being home after it - I believe I've become a better person just through this journey.