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Like many couples, Rachel and Travis met each other in college. Despite having friends in common, they didn’t actually meet until the beginning of their senior year. Trinity was a small school, so after three years, they were both convinced they had met everyone, or at least everyone they wanted to meet. Rachel’s house was having a back-to-


school party right before classes started. Some of Travis’s roommates were going, so he decided to tag along. One of Rachel’s roommates, Katie, had done some cycling with Travis the previous school year. She saw Travis walk in the door and decided to introduce him to Rachel. Rachel had just gotten a road bike and suggested the three of


them go riding some time. Travis


shrugged it off as the kind of small talk that happens at a party that no one actually follows up on and didn’t think anything else of it.


She said yes. A few days later, to Travis’s surprise, he


got an e-mail from Katie and Rachel inviting him to go ride with them. During that fi rst ride, Rachel and Travis realized they had very similar interests and life experiences. For the next few weeks, the three of them


would get up early on the weekends and drive out to the Hill Country and ride for hours on the web of farm-to-market roads that connect all of the small old towns in Central Texas. Rachel and Travis developed some chemistry, but didn’t acknowledge that there was any romantic attraction.


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