It seems that I have been talking about my "big coast-to-coast bike trip next year" for so long, that in conversation this week, I used the words "my bike trip next year......", Had to stop and correct that to "my epic bike trip THIS year"!! Wow - it has arrived - the few remaining months leading up to the big adventure. As the saying goes - Shit's about to get real! This concrete reminder of how close it really is, has kick-strated me into practical action. Began to pull together my various bits of research on different things I feel I would need and have made some decisions. This month's decisions have included: camping mat for sleeping, fuel packs, and hand protectors. Shopped for waterproof boots but have not yet made a decision. Trip map planning continues and it's time to get back to research on the areas I'm travelling through and learn something about them. Bring on the adventure - while it seems as though 4.5 months is a long time away,, the time will fly and departure will be imminent.