Big day yesterday–I finally received my bike! And thanks to my new friend and cycling teammate Jan, it is out of the box and ready to hit the road. I don’t usually give names to my possessions, but I have a feeling that my relationship with this one is going to be quite spirited and complicated. I’ve decided to name him/her after John Steinbeck’s poodle, and transcontinental travel partner, Charley. Steinbeck described his pup as a “good friend and traveling companion”, and I hope that my Charley will be those things to me as well.