Why would I leave my handsomely stunning and generous wife to ride my bike for three months?!

Because I'm tired of sharing a toothbrush and being told how great I all the time!

It's wearing me out--being cherished and nurtured day after day. The blazing sun, hillbilly truckers and filthy camping stalls of the great Northwest call out like irresistible sirens. I've untethered myself from my Ulysses mast and now I'm missing Kathleen's birthday.

I admit that I'm a lucky SOB. Very few spouses would allow their husbands the freedom I've been granted to do all the crazy shit I set out to do. Yes, only expletives will do when describing what Katy puts up with. Even fewer spouses are encouraged to pursue their dreams. I've got that benefit too.

So, Katy takes on summer looking after with my adorable little devils while I subject them to a diet of government cheese, camping intermittently woth me amongst wild animals and a hiatus from client cash flow. The benefit to her? My happiness. Truly, truly an amazing woman.

I know I'm gushing, so all you haters can step off and wait until my next churlish post about gear; the route or toilets. For now, I just want to say that I love you Schatz. Happy birthday. You'll always look perpetually 29 as I turn into the real picture of Dorian Gray. Thanks for sticking it out and making our nearly two decade old relationship thrive. It's emerged as the nicest thing in my life, again and again. Mwaa!


06/04/2013 6:38pm

See, now you've made me cry... I'm the lucky one, to be so cherished by the most amazing person I've ever known. Now, stop. We're making everyone else puke.

Alan Openshaw
06/04/2013 11:32pm

You are two harmonies that blend together to create beautiful music! Continue the Masterpiece! And happy birthday Katie

Jonathan Leahey
06/04/2013 11:36pm

Thank pal. You're swell, you know that?

Steve Roberts
06/05/2013 6:02am

Life is Good!

Brandy Moore
06/05/2013 6:08am

How freakin sweet! So happy for you two!

Eric Peterson
06/09/2013 10:12am

Sweet, loving, and sappy is all fine and dandy.....but Katy, you're hot :-)


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