Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Back in the Saddle Again

The title for those of you too young to recognize it is from the song by the same name by Gene Autry. If you need more info: Gene Autry.

After deciding that I had somehow been relocated to the great white north, the mercury started creeping to the upward side of 40F this past weekend and that caught my attention. So, I checked my handy dandy 10 day forecast on the weather guessers website and noted that lows for the week would be high 30s/low 40s and the highs for the week would be in the mid 60s and clear. I then declared I would be riding to work all week.

Monday I awoke to 37F clear and dark. I bundled up including a half mask under the full face helmet and a fleece scarf and set off on my roughly one hour commute. By the time I reached downtown and the motorcycle designated parking at the office, I was energized and glad I had ridden. I had been missing riding the bike for the commute and about tired of winter as it were.

The ride home was even more enjoyable despite the typical aggravation of the afternoon commute. It was 63F sunny and clear. I almost felt like I had snuck a one hour motorcycle ride in.

This morning was almost a repeat of Monday morning, temps and conditions were almost exactly the same. This afternoon's commute was again warm and clear - perfect for enjoying a motorcycle ride. The ride home from my night class was a little chillier but still quite enjoyable.

These unseasonably enjoyable days are supposed to stick around through the end of the week, so I am going to get as much riding packed in while I can before it all goes south again.

Here is hoping you are managing to get a few days of riding in where ever you are.



DanoMurf said...

I need a real bike.

DanoMurf said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
FLHX_Dave said...

"unseasonably enjoyable days" For a second I thought it said "unreasonably enjoyable days"...and I thought, "Heck...whats unreasonablly enjoyable exactly mean?" Glad you got out. My most treasured moments of the day are the ride to work and the ride home. It makes the whole day just rock.

Kathleen Jennette said...

Perfect that you could get some rides in. You know in Los Angeles there is the Gene Autry museum full of memorbillia and movie stuff. Old cowboy movies rule! The museum is a must see!

Lady R (Di) said...

We plan to spend all day Saturday on our Glides. Our commute of 12 minutes isn't hardly worth the trouble when it's cold. I take as long to get dressed and undressed as it takes to ride to the office. (by dressed and undressed, I mean my gear!)

I'm ready for the south to act like the south again. Bring me some warm!

Unknown said...

You say Gene Autry but I was hearing Aerosmith!

After some ridiculously cold weather for the Texas Gulf Coast, the low Monday was in the 40's and the high almost 70. There was much rejoicing and riding.

Hang in there


Allen Madding said...

You know there are a lot of Honda Shadows for sale in the $2,500 range. Check out craigslist

I couldn't agree more. Just getting two hours riding in each day makes my outlook so much better it is ridiculous.

Great. Now you have me wanting to get out that way and see that museum. My heroes have always been cowboys.

Lady Ridesalot,
Right there with ya, this "global non-warming" is getting old.

Aerosmith works too! We are not worthy. I am wanting to be in Texas. We are working on a plan. Love the FL Gulf Coast. Wanna see the TX Gulf Coast. I keep hearing Robert Earl Keen singing about the Corpus Christi Bay.


Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

The temperature hit 64ยบ here today. I have started stretching and working out on a a machine in the basement here. My joints won't stretch easily enough to mout that bike this week. But the time is coming.

Glad you are riding again.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

Allen Madding said...


Very sorry to hear the arthritis is still giving you such a fit. We will be keeping you in our prayers that it will loosen its grip on your joints, and you can get back in the saddle.