Thanks for the great comments people. And jesse Soric, just do it. It wasn't that scary. Everyone thought I was so brave to do it on my own, but all I did was get on my bike and ride. Nothing brave about that. I made sure I had a well serviced bike, new tyres and made contact with family every day. Too easy.
Never lonely either. Every time I stopped, people wanted a chat. Chick on a bike thing I think....