In the grand tradition of anyone seeking a challenge for themselves, from the beginning of time to the purists of Diablo, who would take no items they themselves did not find, among who my D1ME characters were also counted, and beyond into the future, I had set myself a long time before the coming of daily quests that I would skip the normal flying mount and obtain my epic flying mount. And now (actually, on Wednesday) I have achieved my goal through determination.
The first 3,000 to 4,000 gold was obtained through quests, another several hundred to a thousand from the auction house, and the rest obtained by either helping others with quests or just plain having fun. If I didn't want to fight in one area, I went to an area I wanted to fight in. If I didn't want to play my Paladin at all, I played one of my other characters. I didn't grind myself into boredom, and I didn't hold back stuff that could help others in the guild in order to sell it. Had I done either of these, I could've had my mount much faster, but it's about the journey as much as it is about the destination. It may not have been the easiest path or the most efficient path, but I enjoyed the trip.
Now, I am the proud rider of a Swift Green Gryphon.
"There Iluvatar permitted the Valar to maintain upon the Earth an abiding place, a memorial of that which might have been if Morgoth had not cast his shadow upon the world." -Akallabeth, The Silmarillion
"When you can do what you want, you will be who you are." -John Hagee (first person I heard use it anyway)