I remember a couple years ago sitting with you at a pizza place in Oakland talking about what you would do when your time with Chris would end. The idea of a RTW was daunting and you weren't sure what to do - jump back into work or take time to ride around.
Your resolution to go on this trip - unknown outcome - rather than just going back to work - is right in character for you. You're making the dream and then making it come true - very cool.
Now get a picture of onna those flightless birds on Antarctica! <(")