So I’m back in New Orleans from my mini bicycling vacation, but I’m already scheming my next trip out of town with the Surly (Longleaf Trace, here I come!). I had such a lovely time just hanging out on that bike, and today I went shopping and treated us both to a new saddle that I hope will make those hours on the bike even lovelier. I really, really love my Surly, and I love the adventures we currently take and the lifetime of adventures I can look forward to on that bike, in my mind and in reality. I was happily pedaling along, listening to one of my favorite albums of all time, thinking I best lower this new seat, when I saw another Long Haul Trucker with a fancy Brooks saddle locked up with a friend on a street sign at Magazine and Gravier. That Surly LHT looks a lot like my Surly LHT! I don’t know who rides this bike, but I would bet my right pannier that rider loves that bike, has put some serious miles on her, and probably spends a decent amount of time fantasizing about where to ride her next. I love my bike, and I love the part where other people love their bikes too. If you know who rides this beauty, tell him/her I said hey, nice bike.