my sidekick

My sidekick, my pard’ner, my intern’s intern – Studd Pyles – on his Surly Ice Cream Truck.

He lightens my load every day but especially on long rides. He carries all the things I inevitably forget or don’t think that I need.

At the Rattlesnake Rally Gravel Grinder I forgot my chamois so he loaned me his extra pair. Not ideal butt better than nothing. On our first winter bikepacking trip he loaned me his long underwear and slept in his kit because I failed to bring anything but my kit.

He is a superb camp cook. He also specializes in finding my phone at the bottom of cliffs and in snowdrifts and retrieves my lost water bottles. So you see, I might be lost without him except I’m better at finding our way, but just barely.

My other sidekick and always-ready riding buddy, Daisy the Dood at sunset, ears blowing in the breeze. Likes to cuddle, doesn’t retrieve.

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