For those of you (both of you, you know who you are) who follow my writings, you know it’s been a LONG time since I updated this site. You know how things are, you get excited to do something, do it for a while, then lose interest.
Well, I haven’t really lost interest, just initiative. I can’t count the times I’ve thought “I really should update my website”, then had something else come along to pique my interest, and the website gets pushed back into the dark crevices of my mind that created it in the first place. Guess that’s part of the A.D.D. in me that I’ve passed to my son .
I managed to make it through this past winter without storing the motorcycle. For all the hype we had about “El Nino” making our winter one of the worst ever, nothing really materialized. There were only a few weeks when I wasn’t able to ride my bike to work. Our total snowfall of the huge El Nino winter from hell was probably only about six inches, which melted within days. I have managed to get pretty wet some days because I was foolish enough to believe the weatherman when he said “a chance of light showers” and the light showers turned out to be God dumping his wash bucket on me. But in spite of the few surprises like that I’ve had, I still try to ride as much as possible. And with gas at nearly $3.70 per gallon, I fully intend to keep on doing so.
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Speaking of winter, I grew up in Iowa. Driving in the snow was never a concern for me. Our high school driver’s education class even had us go into the empty school parking lot full of snow and do “donuts” so that we could learn how to handle a car in the snow. But around here (the Seattle area) it seems the least little bit of snow is reason to panic. Schools are closed, military bases shut down, and grocery stores inundated with customers stocking up on essentials – all for a few inches of snow. The recent Dodge commercial is pretty much a perfect rendition of what happens around here when it snows… If you haven’t seen it, here it is.
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I haven’t taken any “real” rides over the winter, however, until just this past weekend. An ex-neighbor of mine (Bobbie) used to love riding with her previous husband whenever he went on road trips, even short ones. Well, she’s missed it ever since they broke up. When she found out I had a new bike, she insisted on taking a few rides with me, so we took a few short ones last summer. This worked into “Whenever you want to take a ride and Polly’s not interested, let me know – I’ll go.”
Well, this past weekend Polly and I had some errands to run and I convinced her to go on the bike with me. We’d make a couple stops, then take a ride somewhere. Well, after the errands, she decided it was too cold to go for an actual ride (it was easily 40 degrees or so – PLENTY warm for a ride ), plus it was clouding up, so we headed home. When I asked about taking a ride the next day (when it was supposed to be sunny again) she figured it was probably going to be cold again and backed out. Bobbie had seen the forecast, however, and was strongly hinting she’d like a ride, so I called her up. It started out nice and sunny. She came out of her apartment in a nylon covered sweater with knit sleeves. I suggested she might want to wear something a bit warmer, but she insisted she’d be fine. We got going and I asked her if she had any particular places she wanted to go. She said “anywhere” so we just started a random ride.
After about 20 minutes, it started clouding up and getting a bit cooler, but she assured me she was still plenty comfortable. Guys? Never listen when a woman says that. About halfway through the ride I stopped off at a small general store in Seabeck for some pop (“soda” to all you non-midwesterners). The first thing she did when we went into the store was to stand about 6 inches from their wood burning stove soaking up the warmth, and questioning my sanity for drinking a cold drink. Needless to say, she won’t live that down. The next time she wants to go, I will make sure she at least brings along another jacket… Maybe I’ll even pack a pair of long underwear just in case.
All in all, however, it was an enjoyable ride. We managed to make it back before it started raining later in the afternoon. I hope to get a lot more riding in this spring and summer as it does, truly, get warmer. Polly and I have even talked about packing a bag and taking an overnight trip somewhere. There are plenty of places in the Pacific Northwest where such a trip would be thoroughly enjoyable.
Well, until next time – have fun and ride safe.