Somewhere in the Czech Republic.
Since I've been home in Seattle, I've spent most of my time working on my book about riding across North America, and working on Blu, my trusty Trek 520. After more than 5,000 miles of heavily laden riding, it needed to be stripped down the the bare frame and rebuilt from the ground up.
I learned a lot about bicycles, bike maintance and components from riding every day for the past five months. I've put a lot of strain on my gear and figured out which tires last longest, what kind of oil works best for lubricating the chain, which brake pads to use, what wheel sets to avoid like the plauge and how to make that drive train last.
I'm putting a lot of new parts on Blu including a new headset. As the build progresses over the next few weeks, I'll keep you all posted on how things go.