Well, Owlie, there is a lot here, but I just want to touch on a small point you made:
The more I ride, the more I will see of the local area. That is as fulfilling to me as being able to find a perfect line through a curve is to other folks. So, I’ll give it a couple thousand miles before I give up riding as a hobby from a personal fulfillment point of view.
For me, this has been an unexpected benefit that I have found exhilerating. I have found small towns within 15 miles of my home that I had never heard of before. Thanks for reminding me.