thanks again for all the replies.
regarding Eastward rtw... NOT set in stone, merely thinking on it, it appeals for many strange and incongruous reasons.
THat said I figured tooling around the Caribbean
for a season or 3 would give me a better idea of what I'd be up for, realistically.
I don't have a death-wish nor am I masochist. The Idea is for the fun of it!
that is why I was asking for your input, I'm aware of the trades of course that make westward travel so appealing, just looking for your collective wisdom on the subject in general.
so fear not, I won't go off half-cocked, shooting from the hip so to speak.
your advice is very valuable to me,