Saturday, April 2, 2016

Spring is here – or not

Well here we go again. The bike has been parked for the past few months and its owner (that would be moi) is beginning to suffer the pangs of PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome). But never fear, spring is here … or is it?

Early March was beautiful and unseasonably warm, leading to dreams of an early start to the riding season. A few hearty souls even managed to get their bikes out of storage for a quick spin during those few golden days. But then came the dreaded polar vortex, sweeping cold air down from the Arctic in a weather pattern that, like your mother-in-law, is destined to overstay its welcome.

2013-03-04-Spring-Tease

To use a travel metaphor, we’ve pushed back from the gate but are still on the tarmac, waiting for a takeoff slot to open. The least they could do is serve drinks while we wait.

10 comments:

  1. Love the cartoon, that is so Canada! Keep hanging in there (it's not that you have a choice anyway, unless you are going to migrate to Florida during winter...).

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    1. Sonja - True enough, and Florida doesn't hold that much of an attraction that I'd want to spend 6 months a year there.

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    2. So, how about Spain? Mallorca comes to mind, the island attracts a lot of German snow birds, tho.

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    3. Spain sounds pretty good to me right now.

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  2. It seems that we get teased a bit every year. But I still like having different seasons.

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    1. Gary - I do too, just wish the winter season was shorter - say 2 weeks.

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  3. Sorry the polar vortex reared it's ugly head. Just when you think it is safe to ride. Do they clear gravel off the roads pretty quick? They don't use salt in Oregon so it is always the gravel we have to worry about come spring.

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    1. Trobairitz - Our local roads use sand only and it usually takes until May before they clear it off. So the first couple of months of riding are a bit tentative on corners.

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  4. We looked pretty good around here until this morning. Then we got 2"-6" depending where you were.

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    1. At least we don't have snow, but it is cold - about -20C with the wind chill right now.

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