January of 2016, Ted had just retired from European racing and relocated to Northern California. He was invited to a friend's get-away birthday party weekend in the bohemian hamlet of Occidental, CA which seemed like a perfect way to meet friends in a new area. After a fairly anonymous first day with the entire group of thirty together, through a series of strangely convenient circumstances and exactly on Ted’s birthday, the two of us ended up sneaking away as a pair and riding bikes alone for a whole bunch of hours together. Those first few hours were telling as we’ve spent hundreds of hours together on bikes and have been pretty much inseparable since then. Our lives, our travels, our favorite things to do make for a perfect pair.