Here's a map of the plan, with approx dates.
I'm certainly a lot less intimidated this time than I was for my eastern Europe / Turkey trip in 2006 -- worst case scenario I just ditch the bike and continue by bus -- but, emm, I wish I at least had a little extra time to learn a bit more about bike repair and whatnot. I don't want to be the type of bike tourist that just takes his bike to a shop for every single problem, or buys his way out of jams by throwing a bunch of money around. Cycling is about being independent, knowing your equipment, and getting where you need to go without having to rely on your credit card to bail you out. But even after a 3000km trip across eastern Europe and Turkey, I still don't know much more than how to fix a flat.
I've been reading a bit about bikes, maintenance, and accessories, specifically on this site that even includes some articles about how to make your own panniers and racks, in addition to standard articles about replacing spokes and brakes. Somewhat inspiring. At some point in the next couple weeks I need to go out and buy a bike, and all the accessories I'll need as well. Already starting to feel like a credit card tourist, but I guess we all have to start out somewhere.