I think you should trust your instincts, as meeting people along the way is part of the experience. I am of course referring to people you may see in the coffee shops, stores and not night time chats in a parking lot, Lol !I'm hoping that maybe that goes away, because I think I'd get a more full experience getting to know others along the way!
Strangers mainly aren't that strange, we just haven't got to know them yet. When you are at home you instinctively know where to and where not to go, just use them when you are on the road.
Here is a link to show you how Serra's trip is going who kindly posted before.
Once your adventure begins they'll be no holding you back, have a great journey.