While many parts of the country are covered with a white blanket of snow, or are basking in below freezing temperatures I was able to get out my air compressor and pump up my tires
I first tried my battery powered portable unit but something is wrong with the valve attachment end and I was loosing more air than I was trying to put in, so I rolled out my 110v electric unit
It is sad to see my "R" just sitting there waiting for Spring but it is too expensive to insure more than one bike this time of year.
I can't remember the last time I started the engine but it came to life with a quick press of the starter button. I let it warm up while I snap on the side cases and get my helmet/gloves which I keep inside where it is warm
Just a day ago I had construction debris blocking my exit, but today my gravel driveway is clear and I opened my new gate
Slow and easy does it when you haven't been riding. I take a straight surface street and head West
Soon I am on a faster stretch where I notice a "radar trap" so I have to keep my speed below 80 km/h. It feels nice to be riding on two wheels after what seems to be a long time ago. I think the temps are around 7°c . I feel the cold air on my neck but other than that it seems bearable. I didn't know it at the time but this was the last time I am going to wear my Joe Rocket Ballistic riding jacket (with liner). I was going to give it away to a worthy nooby and I met one when I was doing some errands on my way home.
I had just parked my bike and walking to the store when another rider found a closer parking spot. He was riding an older Seca 750 and made a comment about how he liked my riding jacket and where I bought it. I told him that I was going to give it away and he offered to buy it. He had been only riding for 6 months. He looked worthy so I gave it to him, after I rode home, of course.
Some one from Regina recently asked me if our fog was gone and it was, but it has returned
Here is a view looking at our mountains, which you can't see. It seems to only be clear near ground level
There is the City of Vancouver skyline in the distance and you can see the fog slowly ebbing its way down
I continue on my way, homeward bound trying to skirt around the busy parts of the city
then I decide to take the ring road around Queen Elizabeth park trying to find a vantage point for a view of the city to show you the fog
and I managed to find one with my zoom fully extended. Those are our snow covered Lions at the top of the mountain. The city is below and you can see the band of fog. The temperatures are falling . It may be around 5°c right now
It was a nice few hours and I managed to get some throttle action. Just think, we are half way to Spring. Can't wait . . .