I've spent a lot of time thinking of dropping the idea, because it will be a very lonely 6 weeks on my own, running up debt to no particular purpose.
But no, I'm gonna do it. When I get paid on thursday I'll buy one of the big tickets - today I've bought just the initial ones
newcastle to london on 25th July
london to paris on 27th July
friend of a friend to stay with in Lyons (trendy art scene)
possible family friend of a friend to stay with in Zurich (squat scene)
half-booked myself on an environmental camp 18-31st August in Siberia
paris to london 16th September
Reading up on places, read the 1848 revolutions book, got books on the decembrists in siberia and others to read next.