Until I figure out how to reply to the comments in the proper way I'll just reply here.
Thanks to the positive comments. I'll take you up on the offer of that shower Jack. I take it that you and Lauren didn't make it to NZ this summer. Hope to see you in Melbourne.
How you guys going Fixiepixie. Great Divide cycle idea is a good one. so good in fact that not last year but the year before I cycled portions of it with the BOB trailer and Adi took the road options. It was great country and for a kiwi not used to angry animals it was a real eye opener as to the dangers in the wilderness. We were freedom camping on the Divide trail when A few people in Yellowstone National Park were attacked and one killed by a hungry bear with cubs. It scared the shits out of us.
Yes and I'd read that the Around the World record was down to 96days. But I'd never lower myself to do vehicle assisted cycling.(Real cyclists don't need vehicle assistance). If I woke up tomorrow and there were no vehicles in the world it would make me so happy that I might even go out and kiss a baby and that's saying something!
I agree Ian. I have found for me that huge kms on the bike each day although physically possible is just a recipe for mental zombieness so I will tweak the schedule so that if I choose I can still do big kms but it will put me ahead of schedule instead of trying to always chase the carrot and just missing it. If I'm ahead of schedule I can then either Bring my next flight forward or chill out in some neat place sipping cool beverages and chatting to the locals. (While the Round the world racers ride the state highways and eat at truck stops in an attempt to beat the record).