Sphinxy - I think that's a big part of it. We live in a smallish city, and I am far more willing to drive to the neighboring bigger city for better options, but I think a lot of people are like "oh crap, i just need help!" when they start to realize they are infertile. I mean, most of the people I know who go to fertility clinics are straight people who start from this position of grief and often desperation. That's not really how we started, so we had the luxury of more research, time, and making a more informed decision. My acupuncturist actually knows this weirdo dude and discouraged me from seeing him initially (which is how I ended up driving to the next city over in the first place) but I just wanted to see if there was a compelling back-up plan closer by. And I learned that there is not.
My wife starting charting because if I'm not pregnant in another cycle or two, we want to be prepared to switch to her. She's older (not old, just older), so if she's going to be our "back-up plan," we don't want to wait much longer to start trying. We want to have several more kids, so hopefully things will all shake out in their own time.
I think testing right before thanksgiving could be so sweet - you will have something extra to be thankful for !