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be littered with garbage: full of emergency vet bills and parking tickets, of root canals and mortgages, of breakups and insurance premiums. Bikes, and this bike, in particular, quiet the ambient noise of everyday; they distill me to my most basic function—movement. If I can slither through a green meadow with an egg-yolk sun peeking through lupines at dawn, I know I’ve done something right, even if my net worth amounts to less than a Rolex. In just a few painful minutes, I was through that wedding and over some rollers on the Alta Lakes Trail. The flossthin singletrack was throwing mud at me and my bike, but we just mashed through, putting everything behind us. I reached the highway and headed toward the T-35 downhill. I took a trail toward Sawpit after that and then climbed Deep Creek Road. Another left turn put me atop the Penelope Cruz Trail. A few minutes after that, I found myself climbing the road toward Rudy’s. It was in the saddle between Rudy’s and Mill Creek that I had a conversation with myself. Is this the behavior of a Crazy Person? Do I look like a skeleton? Will I rip my legs in half if I add Mill Creek to this madness? Of course, the talk was purely rhetorical. The decision to keep going was made long before that moment. If I could push hard enough, cover enough ground, I could transcend my mental anguish. After I rattled a filling loose on the final descent of the Jud Wiebe into town, it felt like enough. When I realized that the muscles in my legs had become like frayed ropes that had been burned with a torch, it was enough. The single speed, the chariot of pain, had given me all I needed. Finally.

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