My babysitter alt is stuck way out in nullsec, 6-8QLA. I decide to fly back through null to Jita. It seems like there is a good chance to get killed, seeing as my alt has few skills and a Heron that, while it can cloak, does not have a prop mod. Any bubble camp is going to be a problem for me.
I start out. There are bubbles wrapping the gate out of 6-8QLA. Nobody is there, so, no problem. I cruise through and start jumping.
Long story short: I thought it would be harder. Null is almost completely abandoned.
In the null portion of this trip, I see a not-just-me local in five systems (out of 30). At least one pilot is, like me, travelling (I see him going the other way). Three are solos; there is one system somewhere in the middle with four pilots in it. There is no bubble camp except on the very last system, BWF-ZZ, which borders lowsec. It's got five pilots in it. I approach the exit gate with trepidation, but it turns out to be no problem. There are bubbles set to catch people going gate to gate, but I have made a detour through the inner system where there is no gate. I'm out.
I can see why people talk about "farms and fields" or "sovereignty via use". There's a lot of empty territory there. It reminded me of flying over the American west.