It will take some getting used to, but I got to the point I was pretty comfortable driving on planets in Elite (and it was ugly at first, let me tell you!) so I'm not too worried about it.
I'll keep this going as a blog of sorts, I find it kinda fun to sum up my game experiences, and I always look forward to your commentary as well!
Your comment about Lifepod 7 is interesting, I got the radio call just before I called it a night, so I didn't look at my beacon list to see if it was there or not so I didn't realize it was going to be hunt. I'm looking forward to that.