It’s been ultra pleasant staying with friends old and new whilst traveling around the country racing bikes this fall. Shout outs — Northstar/Giant team rider Karin Edwards and her folks in Fort Collins, Colorado, for letting Serena Gordon and I use the basement, and the Salmon Chowder. O.G. New England shredder Ben Moody for entertaining the hell out of Justin P. Qualey and me, and stoking the fire in his guest cabin before the Highland Enduro. Sparky for futon use and Cycle Mania bike shop prep in Portland Maine every four days in October, in addition to some rad trail riding in the Casco Bay region. Cousins Jennifer and Tiffany for Brooklyn Brownstone digs and co-piloting home from New Jersey while SuperStorm Sandy nipped at our heels. Shimano Multi-Service’s Tyler West for providing the only hotel room I’ve slept in (wait, I definitely ended up at the Optum Health team’s Econolodge in Louisville last night after the Third Street Dive…) on this swing in Northampton, Mass. Barb from Louisville for putting up Sparky and me this weekend in Kentucky. We got the local’s tour for sure. And of course dear old Dad. Pretty stoked that we live in our old house again, pops; sure makes hanging out playing cribbage feel right.