Great story. The 'confident' part really rang true with me; that one word best sums up how I felt after a similar trip about ten years ago. A couple of weeks/months of total mobile self-sufficiency does wonders.
It was neat to see Bee right there on the first page. What a great guy; I can totally see him giving you that encouragement.
I probably never met Dan but some friends knew him well. I can't speak with authority here but I do think I understand your loss and also his presence with you on your trip. I hope you finished your trip with the reconnection you were looking for.
My wife and I were married at White Hall, probably while he was helping there. We still have some of those bottles.