Well, winter has finally started to set in around here, with lots of blowing snow and bone chilling temperatures. Or at least they feel bone-chilling when compared to the gorgeous weather that we had been having. This last weekend was especially nice, with double digit temperatures above freezing - perfect weather for getting the bike out and going for a ride.
Saturday was a little cooler than Sunday, with a high of only about 10C, but I got in my most enjoyable ride on that day. Packed my spare helmet with me and picked up a very dear friend who wanted to go for a ride with me. After giving her the rules about how to be a good passenger, I gave her my full face helmet to wear while I went with my mx helmet and goggles, then got her nicely settled on the back of the bike with her arms wrapped around me and rode off. It was only a short run, out of the city and down the highway for a few kilometers and back, but it felt absolutely wonderful. I really can't wait for another opportunity to take her for a ride again, and hopefully we'll have more than a measly half hour.
After I dropped her back off, I decided to head out for a longer ride before it got too late in the day. The ride was a little longer than the first one, but it was a little cooler. Decided to end it early as I was starting to get a headache, and those don't go so well with trying to control a motorcycle.
Covered about 130km on Saturday.
Sunday's temps were far better than Saturday, with the temp hitting 17C at one point in my ride. I just could not believe how nice out it was, especially for the middle of February in Central Alberta. Decided to explore some backroads that I had never been on before, so I hit the road at about noon and headed East and then South, stopping in Three Hills for a late lunch, then headed back West to Olds for fuel. Saw quite a few bikes that afternoon, but the highlight was seeing another red KLR crossing my path on highway 2A between Bowden and Innisfail. I decided to turn around to try and catch up with him, but he was long gone. I headed off west down a township road that headed towards Glennifer Lake, and followed that with the intention of turning North again at the first paved crossroad that I got to. Decided to turn around though when I got past the lake and the pavement ran out. Wasn't really in the mood to tackle a gravel road that afternoon, especially not with my current street oriented tires on the bike. Got back to the main highway and turned for home. Still had things to do at home, and while the ride was quite enjoyable, it wasn't getting things accomplished (other than a nice mental health break
By the time I got home late in the afternoon, I had covered a distance of 336km.
If only I could have taken my lady friend with me on that ride. It would have made the day even better.
1983 Suzuki GS650GL (sold)
2005 Kawasaki KLR 650 (sold)