7:21pm: I'm making some changes to the Hoopty. I'm swapping out the handlebars and stem, and trying to get a better dialed-in position.
I'm at the shop sharing some drinks with a guy who started right as I was leaving for my trip. We talked for a long time, and I was happy to discover that now I have a new friend. Like everyone else, he lives in West Philly.
I hurt Shelly's feelings through poor communication, and I will continue to feel like shit about it until we can talk.