Over the years, on countless occasions, I've talked to sailors returning from a long cruise who've insisted that the hardest part of an extended voyage is finishing it and coming home. In fact, I'd heard it so many times that it almost became a cliché. I mean, how difficult could it be? Wouldn't an extended period "away from the world" while enjoying the ocean, the islands, and fellow cruisers be a stimulating, engaging, and even inspiring experience? How could you not return refreshed and invigorated?