I guess it goes something like this: The USMC made you into a man, and your Trans-American bike ride is making you a wiser (more patient??) man.
Loving the report. Stay safe.
BTW--it is raining cats, dogs, and geoducks in the PNW. Even 10,000' @ 60ºF is better than this.
The Good Lord gave most of us 10 digits; mine are all thumbs.