On Monday I met up with Dan, who rode to Istanbul and beyond around 7 years ago, before changing his career to being a professional saxophonist. It was a desperately needed confidence boost for me; particularly that he had travelled at a similar time of year (I was getting worried about the impending cold) and he had achieved similar daily milage to my plan.
I was excited about the number of people he had met and travelled with along the way. I hope a similar fate befalls me!
Many thanks to Dan.