I've been e-mailing the guys at Keep Pedalling in Manchester for several weeks now to sort out the spec for a brand new and very exciting bike, a Surly Krampus (pictured above) with an internal Rohloff Speedhub (right). It's not far off now and I'm very excited about taking the bike out for a spin when I get back to the UK.
The plan is to ride the South Downs Way, then over to Plymouth where I'll start following the EWE, a route devised last year by Aidan Harding, and then head up into Scotland.
The aim is to ride as much of the hillier bits of the UK off-road as possible, and I'll probably be on the road for about 6 weeks in total. I absolutely can't wait!