From a dream to reality, planning for the trip is now well underway with the start date finalized – it all kicks off on Monday 12th November 2012.
I’m still putting together the kit, but I did get my first look at the new bike today, a Surly Disc Trucker built up by Rich from Keep Pedalling in Manchester. I shopped around looking for this particular bike for ages until I discovered this small independent bike shop in the Northern area of Manchester. Impressed with the initial phone call, I headed over to meet up with the shop owners Rich and Shona.
I was gobsmacked when I found out that they have cycled round a large part of the globe, so know exactly what is required. We spent a good deal of time discussing my trip while I tried to call upon all their experience and take in the knowledge they so freely give. I pick the bike up on Friday (after certain unique modifications!) and will post some pictures then.