I've been MIA for probably over a year. Haven't been cycling much at all, and in fact sold Ruby, my Specialized Roubiax last year.
I'm getting the itch again, and thinking of getting me a Surly Long Haul Trucker. Took a short test ride today and was reminded of how much fun it is to ride!
I've moved to a much less bike-friendly area of San Diego, between Santee and El Cajon. It will be much hotter in the summer than my old haunts. That, and far less scenic unless I head further east to ride, into the countryside, which will introduce me for the first time to long climbs.
I haven't pulled the trigger and am still weighing the pros and cons, but I am leaning in the direction of returning to cycling.
Good to see all the old-timers!