We got lucky back in March with a glorious warm week for getting the bikes out of hibernation and getting the first few rides of the season in. Then it all went to hell in a handbasket with cold, wet and windy conditions for most of April and May – at least on those days when I could have gone for a ride but for other commitments.
But now we’re into June and the weather is, well, summery. The way it’s supposed to be. The way we’ve been waiting for since last September. And our very short riding season is well upon us. As is our equally short golfing season. (My other summer passion.)
And coming up fast is a Friday the 13th, July 13 to be specific. And that means Port Dover! (It’s kind of a crappy web site, but you get the idea.) I haven’t been for a couple of years but this year I have some extra incentive as that July week also coincides with the spousal unit’s almost-annual Crab Fest. So scarce is what I will make myself for a few days.
The current plan is to head out for Kitchener-Waterloo where I have two brothers and a nephew who also ride. Then get a couple of days of riding in and perhaps a round or two of golf before joining the throngs heading to Port Dover on Friday. The only problem? K-W is about 500 kilometres (300 miles) away and the longest ride I’ve been on so far this year is 200 kilometres (120 miles). And since my old raggedy ass seems to take longer every year to adjust to a motorcycle seat I need to get some serious saddle time in ASAP or I’ll be one sore puppy when I finally roll into the brother’s driveway.
I also need to get my GoPro functioning properly for the trip. Lately it’s been crapping out and either giving me a SOS message or corrupting the files on the SD card – and sometimes both. After much trial and error, cursing, and gnashing of teeth I think I’ve isolated the problem to a faulty SD card (although how a solid state device can suddenly go bad defies explanation). A quick trip into the city for a new card on Monday and hopefully that problem will be solved – and a few more bottom-conditioning miles will be logged.
Hopefully it will all come together over the next couple of weeks, but if not there’s always plan B!