As I mentioned three times in this thread, there is an MP parish in Battle Creek, 30 minutes from you by car. :-)
Why don't you try being just Orthodox first? Nicholas is trying to pursuade you that you belong in an Old Calendarist parish and maybe you will end up in one someday, which is fine with me, but I find it a bit irresponsible for him to keep pushing that when the local Orthodox Church in your area is New Calendar parish and the Old Calendar parishes are distant, and you said you have transportation issues.
You need to just keep looking at all your options. Old Calendar, New Calendar, in the end it doesn't matter, what matters is that you become a dedicated Orthodox.
As far as too conservative in your praxis, Nicholas is actualy somewhat wrong to suggest you can't be. You can, at least at the beginning. You need to go into this relaxed and one step at a time; don't get gung ho. You are going to like some aspects of your local Orthodox parish and hate others; the key is to put it in perspective and grow spiritually. If after you have grown you see you are incompatible with your parish, then move on. But don't move every time you are upset about something or you will be outside of Orthodoxy quicker than you entered (having run out of "more and more conservative" options).
Just keep posting here, we can supply you with book ideas, and be in touch with Fr. Sty., the MP priest in BC, and via email contact a ROCOR priest if you'd like--I am urging you to consider ALL options. Realistically, though, you need to join the GOA parish in your town, and when your circumstances change, you might change parishes. You need to be there at least six months before you are going to start to "get" Orthodoxy anyway, so why rush? (not saying you were, I'm just trying to offer advice).