Hello dear future victims, Chiana is back.
Unfortunately the systems that were unpronouncable and deserted on the way out were as unpronouncable and deserted on the way back - so nothing much happened. Spent some time hunting a few (even more) minor players but they hid up when I got near. The little chickens. Now I'm pretty confident I've got the hang of the scanner so yes, I'm fairly certain they hid (last time I had this problem, any reason was a valid explanation as to why I didn't find them).
Something else recurring this time was that the autogenerated route - my own ship - tried to kill me. Looking at the 20 something jumps back home, I noticed that the last couple of dozen were a boring high sec. Checking more carefully I again got three 0.9 and at least one 1.0 systems ... jeez.
Quick change of settings to "Shortest ... ignore security".
Much better, and shorter =]