Thanks Katya, that's really good info and I'd agree that skipping most of the filler stuff would be a good way to go forward from this point in order to keep our interest. I mean, some of our best RP experiences have happened naturally in the middle of wandering the wilderness or from random encounters, but they're definitely the exception rather than the rule and we can't count on them to happen often enough to keep things interesting.
Carbide, if you decide to go with Plan C, I have characters written up for Second Darkness, Legacy of Fire, Carrion Crown, Jade Regent, and Skulls & Shackles. I'd love the chance to play any of them again. That said, I love the challenge of coming up with a new character idea and haven't done it in way too long (we've gotten 9 new APs since the last time I built a character? Shame on me!).
What I'm trying to say is...I'm flexible.