(written on Wed Jul-16)

I know I’ve been harping on the Usal Road thing… I don’t think I can be blamed for it though.

I’ve noticed myself forming an even stronger bond with my bike lately.

I know it’s just a thing. I know that.

But I’m still going outside and more-or-less thanking it for getting it through the whole thing. It’s silly to think that the machine — the collection of parts — got me through. It’s the same parts in the same configuration as any other. Sure, I’ve added a couple parts myself (like the steering damper and Öhlins suspension) that I know helped, but it’s still just stuff.

I’m looking down it from my hotel room knowing that he’s my buddy. We’re a team. :-)