Alas, I have to tell you that the next cycle is the worst from that point of view, then the cycles after that are somewhat more manageable.
Ha I thought the same thing, just wait till the Ringmaker cycle! Especially the Antlered Crown where every location has time tokens ticking down and they all have their own triggers. In fact I think it's the Dunland Trap (but I could be mistaken) that in the insert it actually tells you to take your time and frequently check the board state because there's so much going on.
But the designers heard the complaints and it lightens up from there. There are still the occasional kooky quests like Temple of the Deceived but in general the number of triggers to watch out for lessens.