Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Day of the Year

Today was a great day to carry the Christmas tree to the chipper, take down all the outside lights and wreaths and pack away all of the Christmas decorations for next year. Then there was the task of vacuuming up all of the fallen needles from carrying the tree out of the house. Several other chores popped in my mind as I worked. And I did not mind working outside because after weeks of 20 degree weather, it hit 61F.

But at the same time, the 61F weather made me wanna go for a motorcycle ride. I really did not care where or for how long, just to get a little time in on such a beautiful day. So, I took a break for lunch, fired up Rosie and set course for Dawsonville via two lane twisty blacktop. Mind you it was just a 15 mile trip to Burger King, but it was therapy to my soul after enduring cold winter weather with wind for the last several weeks. I donned the half helmet intentionally so I could enjoy the smells of chicken houses, cow pastures, pig pens, and all the other things that nature provided.

The burger was good, the ride was better, and when I got back to the house to knock out a few more errands, I was in an even better mood that when I awoke to a 60 degree day in the middle of winter.

In years gone by, I would have wanted to plow through the chores in my mind and try to get as much work done while the sun was up without considering any time to enjoy life. But one thing I have learned through the lives of others in the last few years, is to make time in my schedule however hectic it is, for a few minutes of enjoying life. That has a lot to do with why I commute on the bike as much as I do.

I managed to get everything accomplished that I wanted to do today and had time for an enjoyable time on the North Georgia two lane roads. And, I am really glad I made the time.

Ride Safe!

Happy New Year!



redlegsrides said...

Good stuff getting a ride in on the last day of the year! Not quite as warm as your neck of the woods here....I think our high today will be 6 degrees Farenheit! But I don't care, since we also get snow.

Happy New Year!


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Mike said...

This is a great post on not only the last day of the year but also being the beginning of winter. Sixty-one degrees is a real gift! Getting chores done including a therapeutic ride is nice and I like your thoughts on slowing down and enjoying life. It's good advice for 2011. Happy New Year!

Geoff James said...

An excellent post Allen! If we don't leave time for something which genuinely refreshes us, we ultimately pay the price for a lack of balance in our lives.

Best wishes from NZ, already in 2011!

Allen Madding said...

dom - the snow was gorgeous Christmas day here, but I'm glad it is gone. I am beginning to hate winter the older I get. And, I don't think I can do donuts in the snow on a motorcycle as good as some other talented folks :)

Mike - 61 was a real gift and I hate it is going away so fast, but at least I can say I enjoyed it while it was here. I'm a slow learner at times. Glad I have caught on a little.

Geoff - Thanks. That is just the kind of wisdom I am trying to take to heart.

Happy New Year everyone. I hope the new year brings abundance and joy to everyones lives.

Mrs Road Captain said...

We have also been plagued with a very cold December, and haven't been riding in at least 6 weeks. But for our HOG chapter's traditional New Year's Day Ride yesterday we saw partly cloudy skies and a high of (double what we've been used to) 52 degrees! What a wonderful sight it was to see 32 Harley-Davidsons carrying 45 riders & passengers on the first day of the year. And what a wonderful feeling it was to cruise along scenic route 9 and then enjoy lunch with so many good friends that we haven't seen in way too long.

Micah said...

Happy New Year!

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

I was denied my ride on the first day of the new year by lingering ice in the driveway — despite a temperarture of 52°. It could have been argued that open spots in the ice might have let me thread my way to the street, but the chance of slippery pavement and my unstready knees conspiring to drop the motorcycle was too high.

It was a quiet Christmas this year. I didn't bother with the outside lights and the only decoration in the house was the tree. But Leslie said to me, "Too bad the trains aren't running downstair so my Grandson could see the magic."

I spent 40 hours getting 5 locomotives running and cleaning 2 scale miles of track. That was my effort for the holidays.

I hope you have a great New Year! It is a pleasure reading your blog and a delight to share in your adventures.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Allen Madding said...


I commend you for leaning to the side of caution. I do not even dare to make attempts of the two wheel kind on ice or snow, and I certainly don't think you should by any means.

Glad to hear you recreated the Christmas train magic again. That is something I would take keen interest in myself. Hope you got pictures before it goes back to storage.

Thanks for your kind comments. It is a pleasure to have a highly acclaimed professional journalist as yourself reading and commenting here. Your presence makes me strive to be a better writer.

Happy New Year!


Unknown said...

Amen brother, amen.