There are two groups ahead of me now, that I know of and am following.
The first to set off was Andrew Sykes of www.eurovel05.com; I have been following his blog since I first decided to take a similar trip and he has influenced many of my equipment purchases and route decisions.
He set off on Sunday, and is currently awaiting is ferry in Dover. He has a much more established blog with a tracking map from his gps and everything!
Secondly there is Keith and Dave. I was planning on joining them last year as they rode to Barcelona, but my work situation changed and I couldn’t. We then planned to do this ride together but our dates just didn’t fit, since they are free to leave today whereas I cannot leave till 9th August. Also, they need to be back before the end of August whereas I don’t want to arrive in Kephalonia until 12th September!! They have a facebook group called Home to Rome, although based on last year’s efforts they will fail to keep it updated.
This all makes me very excited for my departure in 3 weeks time- Ahhhhhh.
I still have so much to so before that.