On the road south! Megan surprised me in Seattle a day early and we squeezed inside my one person tent in the back of a strangers yard. Seeing her did a lot to help me out of my funk, as the support of you all, and I’ve been feeling much better. Seattle is a great city and we explored as much as possible on foot while I waited on my replacement frame. As for the bike it’s not the same, but it’s close and I got it on close out so it wasn’t that expensive. We’ll stick to smoother roads and try not to do anything stupid until I either get the first frame fixed properly (maybe) or find something a little burlier. I suppose if I’m going to kill a bike riding it too aggressively off road is an acceptable way to do it. We’re beat so I’ll leave you with some trolls that we found near Ravenna Park in Seattle.
I was up with the sun eager to get to the city and have my frame looked at. The ride in was a bit confusing but not terribly taxing so I made great time. I dropped my bike off and got some lunch. It wasn’t long before I got a call from the shop to tell me that the damage was far more extensive than I thought.
I rushed back to the shop to see it with my own eyes. The dropouts are cracked in several places (in addition to the longitudinal split that is intentional. It’s hard to explain but there are several hairline fractures). We talked through all the options, but it became clear that there was no good fix. Action Potential is dead and I killed it. It’s just a bike but it’s pretty heartbreaking all the same. I have a similar frame on order but it’s not the same model. July has been a low month indeed.
Back in the United States after a month in Canada; back in the saddle with working muscles. This is the nice time of year to be in Pacific Northwest and I’m hoping to find that legendary tailwind as I head south. First though, a stop over in Seattle to get my frame fixed and to meet Megan.