Construction is hellatious, steady, and behind by about 2 weeks. I had hoped to be riding something by the beginning of July ... I guess I'll have to forgo extensive testing.
Nonetheless, the extra time on designing the frame (ensuring all the chain lines are straight and nothing crosses through something else or a chain) seems to be paying off. I only have to remember what is left and right when I'm working upside-down. Getting a rotating shaft centered through a pivot point is a challenge, but scrap pipe and jigs are coming in handy. Further payoff should be seen when I go to ship it and it indeed fits in the 2'x2'x4'-ish box and comes close to UPS dimensional weight — and the box transforms into a trailer for extra capacity for the luggage I'll carry on the train.
So there is a frame, suspension arms, hubs, wheels, steering pivots, all the custom parts (but one — the one that bolts onto a ISO bike disc brake mount and fits inside a Sturmey-Archer-style sprocket), nearly all the generic parts, and the starting point for lights and power.
Once the frame is finished and rideable, it will be time to build the electronics, build the trailer/carrying case, do some test runs, paint it, and get it ready to send, ready to be received by the hotel, book the hotel, and set up the itinerary.
As a concession to my concerned friends and family, I got a pay-as-you-go Verizon camera phone and figured out how to send photos with text message to http://Posterous.com
which will live-blog to my main website http://JayceLand.com/blog
. Verizon service runs out about 40 miles from Winnemucca.