First blog post! It's looking like I can post via a web browser, email or text message. Hopefully future posts are more interesting than this one... ;) Just over two weeks until the start of my journey! Monday I only rode 8 miles on account of a biblical storm. My chain was skipping, but I didn't realize until Tuesday AM a link had all but completely failed. With no replacement chain and 'quick links' that only fit my mountain bike, I didn't ride Tuesday at all. Bought a new chain at Flo on Wheels, but they were out of quick links. Wed AM I changed the chain and gave my bike's cassettes a long overdue cleaning. The newly installed chain was not working properly, and with the help of Jim V, who was kind enough to come by my house at 8 AM, and Sean C via phone, I learned it should have been shortened before installation. Shortening it after install risks a weakened link, it seemed to me. I'll pick up some quick links today and ride tomorrow for sure!