Yes, we all have to start somewhere! I took off on a trip with three days planned and six days to fill... the three days had me slightly nervous here and there where I had trouble finding the roads I needed. The remainder was a little worse because I only had a destination, and I sure as heck didn't want to go directly there! As you said, I started off a little nervous, and I certainly finished feeling confident.
Having that stated in words... brilliant. Thanks!
One bit of advice to all... make sure that the "private property" sign applies to the road before you turn around. It often applies to the land on either side, and I am sure it is no accident that it is posted in such a way as to make the road look private!