Anticipation. After weeks of longing, questioning, dreading, then days of working to set everything straight at the restaurant, so it would run smoothly – and profitably – this time, I finally set about packing my bicycle for the tour. Not finishing until 4pm, I delayed the launch of my fall tour another day. Then felt strangely blissed, exhausted, nervous. I am ready, more ready than ever before, to ride off in the morning, down that ‘long gray line’ as Mahogany Driftwood sings from his recent music tour. I must sleep, after many short nights.