Giles, I think I follow the loneliness part.
A few years back my brother-in-law went to Alaska on his motorcycle. Although he had fun, he said later that he missed having a passenger. There was no one to share the memories with.
I have been following your blog and photos and quite enjoy it. Hopefully someday we will meet.
2009 Saffron Elise
1986 Toyota Tercel - RIP Oct 20/2012