Thanks everyone for the thoughts / comments so far.
Powerful Pete wrote:
Well, 2.5~3.0 hours per day are definitely not a challenge during the longer daylight months, if you split the riding up twice a day - remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint.
Even without commuting, if you get up early and ride, and are willing to then ride evenings...
Do you have lit areas nearby where you could ride in the evening and/or at night?
That is how I am approaching it as well; break up the riding into mornings and evenings. I am used to waking up really early anyways. Unfortunately, there aren't too many lit areas, though some of the roads around are quite residential with very little traffic so I might be able to get some miles in even in the dark.
Another option could be to mix it up a bit ... cross some continents (e.g. Nth America, Europe) in the warmer months and ride locally / roller the rest.
That would be nice, but I am afraid I won't be able to get away for more than a week at a time due to work, which would make it improbable to cross continents.
I concur with Powerful Pete's take on the numbers.
Also, FA63 (apologies if I forgot your name) - definitely document this. You already have a blog (I think...), maybe make it a campaign of sorts on your blog? Give it some press? Document your progress, thoughts, and so on as you do this?
I'm thinking it would be a huge inspiration to a lot of people out there, there are a lot who want to ride more, loose some weight, etc:.
I do have a blog which I use mostly to put up pictures of my favorite bikes at the moment, but I would most certainly document the journey and my progress. Not sure how much press I want to get for it though, this is more of a personal challange for me. But I will have to see how this shakes out; I guess I wouldn't mind if I could generate some publicity/donations for a charity while I do this.
...Just don't do it like this fellow...
I promise, it won't be like that.