It seems surprisingly normal to land here on my fourth trip. Not like home, exactly, but without that sense of excitement of going to a new place. I pretty much know how things work (or don't, as the case may be) and where I'm going.
But that doesn't mean things aren't going to be interesting. The bike I loaned out at my departure from Sikkim in the spring is here in one piece, but some of those pieces are a little... missing. Missing part of the headset (bearings and top cap) and the nut on the end of the quick-release skewer for my back wheel. Really, when you're disassembling it, it IS important that all the little pieces get in the box! So a miracle part supply by friend Dickie and an hour drive later, I'm trying to figure out how much I really know about bike parts - I know what this bike mechanic is doing is wrong, but not quite what is right. In the end, I took most of the pieces home and put it back together myself - hope this works!!!
We'll find out. Heading up to Shimla in an hour and the 10-day race starts on Sunday. Hope my bike works, hope my ribs are truly healed, hope I can manage not to get sick... definitely always an adventure. Here goes!