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Old 09-08-11, 09:16 AM   #1
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a Surly named Laika Pilgrim

I named my Surly CC, after almost a year of riding it. Nothing came to me in all that time. I took it on tour this summer, mostly up the California portion of the Sierra Cascades, and I grew to know it intimately. We'd gone through the good and bad, together. Its name is Laika Pilgrim. (pronounced Like a)


Laika is from the Arcade Fire song Neighborhood #2 (Laika), also known as Into the Wild because it was on that soundtrack. Well, Laika was the first dog to go into space, and a Soviet dog at that, haha...and I guess he didn't make it back. It's also a double entendre of sorts, as in "Like a."

The Pilgrim part came from Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughter House Five which I read on tour, a kid volunteer camp host from Michigan gave it to me in Yosemite. The book was just all right, I expected more of a master piece from Vonnegut who I'd heard so much about. Well, the protagonist--if he can even be called that--is named Billy Pilgrim. The word pilgrim kept floating around in my head and I just put them together: Laika Pilgrim.

And that is a good name! I didn't name the bike out of any sense that I had to; the name just came to me.
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Old 09-08-11, 11:37 AM   #2
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Worthless thread without pictures.
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Old 09-08-11, 01:15 PM   #3
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haha, all right. I'll get some when I get the chance. The tour isn't over. I need to make it down to LA from the Bay area in about a week. Ran into some legal trouble on the way and I need to appear in court. =/
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Ran into some legal trouble on the way and I need to appear in court. =/
!! You can't say that and then not give us details.
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!! You can't say that and then not give us details.
Nope, that's staying private. Nothing serious, it'll probably get dropped to an infraction. It's more of an embarrassing headache than anything. Well, here are some pictures! [sorry, for the crappy cell phone pictures. I had my brand freaking new iPod Touch stolen in Sequoia National Park. It's been an eventful tour...]
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