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    Summer.

    Images of short sleeves and tanned legs, melting ice cream and sweaty brows, camping under the rain and stars fill my head at the mention of that word.







    And that sort of thing has been happening.







    Not predicted yet not altogether surprising are drought, the sound of Skippy slapping dirt, and my newfound 'single' status.









    I don't have much to say about the latter--at least not in this informal, impersonal, and easy to misinterpret medium. Need to know? Ask, and prepare to be ignored unless you're sitting across from me.

    Meanwhile, summer continues her insatiable steamroll and even though the utterance of 'August already? Ugh!' has been heard repeatedly, I'm trying to focus on today and tomorrow, not what's already over and done.







    Getting out with friends has been the big, medium, and small picture, no matter the way in which our time together is spent.













    It is not inaccurate to say that I'm relearning to immerse myself into the things I love to do.











    With that seemingly small step I keep running across simple questions--ones that I used to have easy answers to. Distrustful of ease and wanting to delve a bit deeper, I've been asking them from a slightly different slant. The answers haven't been as predictable as expected.







    And that's very, very good.





    Questions in the vein of, "What do I demand of myself?"

    "My life?"

    "My friends?"

    "My partner?"

    "What do they expect of me?"





    Answers like presence, tolerance, patience, the ability to listen. And to hear.



    The understanding that mistakes happen, the expectation that they be analyzed, not repeated.











    Externally the ship might seem to be on course. Internally, I'm at ~half throttle while recalibrating instrumentation.





    Onward.

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    Onward is right.

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    Mr Lenz in the Fox jersey? Stunning photos, as always.
    Riding Fat and still just as fast as I never was.

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    Thanks mike. Terrific introspective post. I don't have any answers, but then you didn't ask for any.

    It gets redundant saying but it still needs to be said: Great photos.

    Nice mention in the Bike 20th Anniversary issue. You have quite a bike resume'. I only had an inkling of how much you have done. Really, really impressive.

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    Summer.

    Quite an essay. Some of that resonates with me. Terrific photos, as always.
    "Back off, man. I'm a scientist." - Dr. Peter Venkman

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestdummy View Post
    Mr Lenz in the Fox jersey? Stunning photos, as always.
    Oui.

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    Awesome pics - Thanks!

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    Mike, as Heraclitus said, change is the only constant.

    As always, thanks for sharing your world with us both in excellent pictures and in your well thought out words. You inspire many and for those of us who's lives you've made better through this process, thank you.

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    Positive vibes to you.

    I figured we'd see some pictures of a black stanchioned fork on one of your rigs at some point. Care to compare it to your special sauce Fox 36 or offer some general thoughts? I actually have one, but I dislocated my shoulder 30 minutes in to its first ride and won't be on the bike for a while.

    Just don't stop building wheels for us.

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    When I hear the word "summer" I think "outrageously sweaty"
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Another incredible thread! Thank you once again for sharing. You obviously put a lot of time, effort and passion into your posts and I really appreciate them. Sorry your personal life isn't going as well as your adventures. I wish and your family the best.

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    Nice variety of pics and adventures
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    Nice shots Mike. How's the finger? Looks like you were on Kebler.

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