Raining hard and a great day to catch up with the blog. Final preparations are under way with just 5 weeks to departure on 7th July. There seems to be endless administrative/bureaucratic details to attend to not to mention a string of minor things to buy and get ready for the actual trip from toothpaste to pitons. Training has largely been very local with a number of bike rides with Brad last week and a couple of trips last week up Mount Arthur , one in the middle of the night which is always a great change of perspective. My special bike should be ready soon so looking forward to testing the light weight design on a hike soon.