Hello! I've been reading Bike Forums for months and have to say this is the most comprehensive, friendly, and knowledgable community I've ever encountered on the web.
I'm a doctoral student studying medieval art and I'm going on a 6-month research trip to southern France next year. I'm going to cycle my way down one 11th-12th century pilgrimage route, ride into northern Spain, and then cycle back up another pilgrimage route, through wine country. I'm new to cycling (in any sort of serious way) and have been trying to add mileage to my daily ride in addition to taking nice long (for me) rides on the weekend. I've got a year to get my act together. My trusty steed is a brand spanking new Kona Dew Deluxe, stock at this point with a couple of additions. His name is Morpheus (after Neil Gaiman's Sandman) and I love him.
Living in southern Indiana gives me plenty of opportunities to get out there and challenge myself as well as hone my climbing skills. I'm hoping to give the Hilly Hundred a shot this year. I'm looking forward to learning even more from everyone here!