NOTE: This is a partial copy of original post. I thought I would put it here because it's all about the bike. You can find the whole post in "California" subpage dated April 1st. And no, it wasn't April Fools' joke, bike was really fixed than.
Last two weeks bike was not on the same page with me about leaving States. There has been an issue with it, and it spent more time in shops than on the road. What's been most frustrating about this is that for a while nobody could figure out what's going on with it. I finally met a great guy, and an awesome mechanic called Eagle Mike, whose selfless kindness towards perfect stranger is rarely seen these days. I will write the whole story about my experience with Mike in following days. Bike is running great now, and I can't wait to hit the road again tomorrow.
This is how bike frequently looked like for last two weeks; in the shop, stripped to frame.