Thanks for the reply! Planning on doing it solo, a big part of it all is to show what is possible on a bike for a normal person, but hopefully with as many people as possible joining for whatever bits they can along the way. So it would be so great if you could join for a few km's! I will ride a cyclocross bike that will let me take some dirt roads where possible but avoiding any serious off road stuff. I agree that November is going to be SERIOUSLY hot, but sometimes you can't keep pushing the planning for these sorts of things back. Any sooner will be, well, just too soon!