A project of epic proportion - that's what I sought.
So I decided to open a bike shop.
My wife Brittany and I took a trip to Paris back in 2011. We rented a small apartment in Montmartre and for 2 weeks walked the old, narrow, cobbled neighborhood streets stretching throughout the city. Each day we'd pick a different direction to walk and we'd do our utmost to get lost. Our days were filled with museums, churches, cemeteries, restaurants, cafes and shops. Each arrondissement we walked through had a dozen bakeries, fruit markets and butchers and yet each one had its own identity. They were as much a part of these neighborhoods as the people.
When we returned to the states we both lived in this haze. We would stay up late into the evening sharing ideas of how we could mimmic that "European" lifestyle we had become so infatuated with. As time went on we allowed ourselves to fall back into our normal routines, a few tweaks here and there, but our ideas never really faded. Brittany's business was taking off and I was keeping myself busy with my own career but I was still unsettled. I kept envisioning myself sitting in a cozy little shop.
It was the Spring of last year - I remember that much. Brittany and I were walking our dogs early in the morning before work and Brittany asked me if I could do anything without worrying about any consequence what would it be. I was silent. I fought against what I felt I should do and what I wanted to do. During my drive to work it all fell into place, I knew my answer. I called Brittany and told her I decided to open my own bike shop. When I arrived home that evening it was all we could talk about and my sights were set.
Now those years have turned to months and soon I'll turn the key and flip the lights on that idea that embedded itself so long ago. The excitement is tough to bear. I can't wait to meet all the people who are passionate or want to be passionate about cycling. We live in an amazing city, with amazing people - the city of the strong. I'm happy to be a part of it - I hope to be for a long time.