Glad I wandered back to ADV (which I rarely do during snowmobile season lol).
You said more than once that this was different than any other trip you've ever taken and from the first post, I noticed that your writing was different than any of your previous reports.
Not a bad thing. In fact, quite the opposite.
The best way I can describe it is that it is more "free" and almost like you aren't editing yourself to write what you think others want to read, rather, that you are writing what you want to say.
Maybe a subtle difference to some, I don't know.
Thanks for sharing, Dave!