Well Matt’s bike’s drive system just isn’t holding up to the abuse we are putting on it. It’s a friction drive that uses a drive roller pressed against the tire to drive it. We knew it wouldn’t be a long term solution but we hoped it would last longer than it did. Even after I was carrying most of the weight with my bike, his drive roller was just eating through tires so now, I press on my agnostic pilgrimage alone and my bike is living up to her name, solitarios machina (Latin for “The Lonely Machine”)
While Matt will be missed, I look forward to the quite and solitude of the road.