January 2017

It's been some what of a dreary January, which is unusual. Sandwiched in between two extremely foggy & rainy days was a warm somewhat sunny day.

While I was still at home, every time the door opened a warm breeze blew in, I couldn't help myself.  I was a little nervous that my bike wouldn't start but it did, and it was a great sound to hear.

 Just about to leave the driveway for the first time in a long time.

Just about to leave the driveway for the first time in a long time.

It felt so good to be riding, the sun was out when I left the house, I was taking deep breaths and smiling. I headed out to Riverside Drive, a great ride that follows the river. There were so many other bikers that had the same idea, we exchanged 'the wave' and I'm was stoked to see them out.

Driving along the river, I stopped I thought it would be fun to get a picture of my bike with the ice on the river.

 Riding when ice is on the river.

Riding when ice is on the river.

I wasn't the only bike there, a fellow biker offered to take my picture and we chatted a bit, it's always fun to talk biking.

 So here I am,...

So here I am,...

It was great ride, I followed the drive until the end, hunger and cold started to set in so and I turned around and went home the same way, a thoroughly enjoyable day. 

 I made my turn around at a marina, can't wait to see if full of boats again, only a few more months,.. weeks,.. 

I made my turn around at a marina, can't wait to see if full of boats again, only a few more months,.. weeks,.. 

When I started out it had just reached 50°F, I still felt the need to bundle up. 

 This is all the clothing I had on, I may have gotten a little carried away,....

This is all the clothing I had on, I may have gotten a little carried away,....

It was a wonderful way to spend a day in the middle of January, it was the only day we got, all the other mild days had a lot of rain and now a cold spell has settled in again, a time when I enjoy the memories.

 A picture of my bike downtown, I was hoping to finding some breakfast bud had no luck finding an open restaurant.

A picture of my bike downtown, I was hoping to finding some breakfast bud had no luck finding an open restaurant.

Book Ends

We finished the riding season the same way we started it, we were delighted to have such  wonderful experiences, both times. They were pretty similar but also different, the first one, we were looking forward to a wonderful riding season ahead and anxious to get it started but this weekend, the one we just experienced, we were excited to get a great weather weekend and have one more chance to get away.

We got a late start on Saturday, but we were okay with that, the temputures were getting warmer with each passing hour.  As our journey started, we took the scenic route the whole way there, beginning with Riverside Drive, with a pit stop for a delicious breakfast at The Sandwich Nook, in Tecumseh. Once nourished with eggs, bacon and lots of coffee we continued through Belle River, Stoney Point, and a short side trip to Lighthouse cove, as we continued on our way we throughly enjoyed all the autumn sights, the colours of the leaves, the sun reflecting off the water and at one point a flock of birds flew over head, it was quite a sight to see.

 We were surprised how quickly we reached our destination, once in Chatham, we checked in our new favourite hotel, Retro Suites, we loved our room - the amazing thing about the hotel is that each room is decorated uniquely with touches that make it charming and delightful - after unpacking we decided to go for a walk, which was really enjoyable, we explored downtown and had a lot of fun checking out the different stores, following the path along the Thames River and enjoying the sights along the way.

For dinner we choose our favourite restaurant, Mama Maria's, we didn't have reservations and therefore, couldn't get a seat, however we sat at the bar, had an appetizer and ordered our dinner to go. It worked out well, we sat in our room, ate wonderful food and watched a movie, after dinner Larry got dessert from The Chilled Cork for us both, such good food.

Sunday, we drove home after promising to do this again as soon as possible, and enjoyed it thoroughly, almost at every stop light we looked over at each other and said what a great day it was, again the weather was perfect and the views amazing. Larry wanted to be home for 1pm to watch the Lions game and we pulled in the driveway right on the minute, the Lions won, which made Larry very happy.

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Mid Week Ride

Last week we took a few days and went for a ride, we started our journey by heading out to Woodstock. We got such a late start that we decided to take the 401, although it is a main highway and pretty busy, I really enjoyed the ride. First of all, it just felt good to be heading out, the day was turning out to be a good one, the sun was starting to come out and the weather was perfect. We went to Woodstock to pick up a pair of highway bar's for my bike, the person was selling them on kijiji. We ended up buying them and I left his place with the bars on my bike.

By time we were done, I was pretty hungry, we stopped at Montana's in Woodstock and I had a great dinner. We started looking for a hotel in the area and was really surprised that everything was booked, I was told there was a farming convention in the area. We ended up finding a place in Brantford, so after eating, we took some back roads and headed east, the sunset was so glorious, the cool part was that it reflecting in my mirrors.

The plan for the next day was to hit a few stores in the area, the first one was in Hamilton, which we did and then Larry changed the planned, we took some back roads and enjoyed a great scenic ride. We went to peacock point, which is on Lake Erie, such a pretty ride.

The next stop was for gas, in Port Dover, a pretty little town that has become famous as a destination for bikers, especially on (any) Friday the 13th.

We still had a bit to go to get to our end destination, Port Stanley. We had booked a hotel earlier that day,  I was looking forward to relaxing by the beach and going out for a great dinner. For some reason, the last hour (or so) I found ride a bit difficult, I was getting pretty sore and tired, I felt like I couldn't get there quick enough. I was surprised that Larry was feeling the same way and he was experiencing the same relief I felt as we slowly got off our bikes.

After a warm shower we were both feeling better and headed out to look for some dinner. We went to the beach first and enjoyed the view of this awesome sunset, it felt good being there.

Finding a place to eat wasn't as easy as I had hoped, the town seems to shut down early. We ended up having dinner at The Wind Jammer Inn, we sat on the porch and started off with the 'soup of the moment', and because it was getting chilli we ended up moving inside, it's a charming place to eat. Larry ordered the Cheese Stuffed Portobello Cap for his main course, he enjoyed it so much and said he never had such a good meal, all the food was so good - we couldn't resist dessert which was indescribably delicious. It was a great, relaxing way to end the day.

The staff was particularly patient with us, when we got there the server checked with the chef to see if it wasn't to late to order, she was gracious enough to feed us, we were the last order of the day and the only customers for most of our meal, we were really appreciative.

The next day we had a great breakfast at the Buccaneer Restaurant, which was included with our room, which was kinda cool.

Then we headed home on Highway #3, which we've done a lot. We enjoyed the inland ride from Hamilton to Peacock Point and also admired the view of the shores of Lake Erie.

The change of seasons was apparent, leaves were starting to change, lot's of pumpkin farms and of course some cooler temps, but not uncomfortably so.

 

Thunder Bay

We arrived in Thunder Bay late Thursday, we were pretty stoked to finally reach our destination and to see our beautiful baby. We were treated very well by our wonderful hosts, we had a delightful time as we reconnected with family and explored this beautiful city.

Some things we did:

  • Visited Grand Marais, Minnesota
  • Chartered a Fishing Boat, came home with fish.
  • Saw the Aurora Borealis, what an incredible light show!
  • Saw 2 shooting stars
  • Went to see the beautiful Kakabeka Falls
  • Explored the city of Thunder Bay
  • Explored the Sleeping Giant
  • Tried Finish Pancakes, and ate at many different restaurants.
  • Spent a full day at Excalibur Motorcycle Works.

The zipper on Larry's motorcycle jacket broke during the last stop we made, just before we got to Thunder Bay, so on Friday morning (our first full day) I did a google search and found a tailor who was willing to fix the zipper in a short time, so we dropped it off at Russell Tailors, while we were there, they suggested we try going to The Hoito for breakfast. Cam was able to join us there, which was fun, the place was crazy busy but worth the wait. We tried Finish Pancakes for the first time and Larry was hooked, he had them every time they were available when we went out for breakfast after that.

Then we went to Excalibur, one of Larry's tail lights had fallen in a wrong direction - the mechanic with much persistence did a great job fixing it. While that was happening, I bought a great new pair of motorcycle gloves, they are so comfortable and the prices were decent. When we were ready to leave, Larry couldn't get his bike started, it seemed like the battery died. Larry (I think he was the owner) and his great staff, spent a great deal of time doing a bunch of tests, sometimes while studying an old Suzuki manual and after a while, getting advice from our local Suzuki dealer, they were very patient as they were counting down the hours before the long weekend started. They were a great group of people, who did their job throughly, I was really impressed. I enjoyed chatting with them, we got a lot of great advice and Larry learned a lot and enjoyed the experience.

We did a lot of sight seeing, it's such a pretty part of our province, and it was especially fun to explore it with a couple of locals. We tried out a lot new restaurants, had dinner with friends, did some shopping, Larry and Cam went fishing and brought home dinner, which was fun for them and eating it was fun for us.

One night I had trouble sleeping, I gave up after a bit and thought I would read or something, as I was heading to the living room couch, I saw the balcony doors and felt really tempted to go outside. When I stepped onto the balcony I saw the most amazing view, there before my eyes was the Northern Lights, I just stood, mesmerized for a long time. I finally sat down and look over a bit, I saw 2 shooting stars, I had never seen one before, it was amazing, the sky was very active that night. After a while I realized that Larry would love to see this also, so I woke him up and we sat on the balcony just watching at an incredible light show.

We had planned to leave early Thursday morning but it was looking like rain in the forecast, so we decided to leave late in the afternoon on Wednesday instead, hoping to beat the system. So we packed up, and were soon on our way again, this time we were headed to Marathon and eventually back home. Leaving wasn't easy but we had a good time re-connecting, and we were excited to continue our homeward journey.

Exploring the Sleeping Giant, there is an area where people put there names on the rocks. It's fun, as you can see I left my name.

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Thunder Bay, Day 2

Sunday was amazing! We had a great day. We are now in Midland, Ontario after riding what felt like 'all day'.

I woke up early in the morning, it was 7:30, with energy and determination, we decided to get going as quickly as possible, it surprisingly took us an hour to 'hit the road'. There was a lot of dark cloud cover, our hope was to out run any potential storm, so we made small goals. The first goal was Goderich, Ontario, which we did in good time, the clouds look less menacing as we rode on.

In Goderich we stopped at McDonalds where we tried the  'True North BLT McMuffin', it was the best breakfast I ever had there. I was hurrying Larry, he ended up taking his coffee in the bathroom with him, I thought that was pretty funny.

We went from Goderich to Collingwood, it was a great day of driving, we had clouds over head the whole day but the ride was breath taking at times. It got pretty hilly which is something that doesn't happen in our area, looking ahead the road appeared like a ribbon stretched out before us, going up, always leading the way. It was so fun reaching the top of a hill and getting an incredible view of whatever was below.

The most impressive site was when we reached an exceptionally high hill and just before we went down we got a clear view of Georgian Bay and Collingwood, it was breathtaking. Then we went down hill and up again and were treated to the same view.

We found ourselves at A & W for lunch, it was seriously so good but I could have just been super sonic hungry. Once there, we googled for a potential place to stay. That's when we decided to go to Midland, the ride from Collingwood to Midland was about an hour, the best part of that trip was a small area that was lined with massive pine tree's, it felt very majestic.

Leaving A & W and getting ready to go again

We got to our hotel in Midland, relaxed a bit and then went across the street to Kelsey's for an evening snack, it was a beautiful night, we sat out on the porch, and toasted our success for how far we came that day.

A sunset picture that did not do the sunset justice.

We went for a walk after wards, and came across this sign, it was directly opposite of, what looks like a two tire  dirt path.  The sign seemed random.

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Around 2am the predicted storm woke me up with its loud thunder, so glad I was in bed by then.

I need sleep for the long day tomorrow.

Day 3

 

Thunder Bay (or bust)

We started our journey yesterday, (Saturday) I was working all day, so the plan was, that Larry would meet me after work and we would head out. We communicated all day via texts, we were pretty excited to get started. I received this text from him in the middle of day.

Ready to go, loaded down bike (please don't look at the messy garage)

Other than starting late, everything went according to plan. My sister took some pictures of us heading out.

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off we go

We headed out on Riverside Drive and drove to Chatham, by time we got to Mama Maria's, I was over hungry (I should have listened to Louise who was 'suggesting' I eat more) and because I was so hungry I ate to much warm, yummy, white bread which meant I got full faster, then when the main dish came out I couldn't eat very much of it but it was delicious!

Then we continued to Sarnia, we were travelling the county roads which was really picturesque - at one point, while looking toward my left, I was able to watch the sun set into some pretty dark clouds. It was an amazing ride, the temperatures dropped quite a bit and it felt so good to have left the heat behind us and feel the cool breezes.

We stayed at my sister-in-law's, who generously let us stay there in her absence - Larry jumped in the pool right away. The next step was to plan out Sunday's journey, we checked the weather, it's pretty hard not to get obsessed about the weather when riding. The weather network predicted rain and storms that were to start fairly early, we checked all the cities that would bring us to our first destination, it looked like the rain threats were going to follow us all the way to Collingwood.

We talked about staying in Sarnia an extra day, and trying to beat the rain but, in the end we went to bed with a wait and see attitude.

We do have a goal, we want to be in Thunder Bay in 4 days to visit with my beautiful daughter, it's like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Don't forget to check out day 2 ;)

First Ride Since

Today was the first day since Larry's accident, that we rode together, he got his bike back yesterday - although it was not finished, it was well enough to ride, while waiting for the other pieces to come in, (like the front fender) -  I've got to tell you, it felt good riding together again. So much fun to look in my mirror and see him there! We did the Chatham run, that we usually do. We are trying to get ready for our trip to Thunder Bay, Larry has been planning it, he has it around 300k a day (I hope).

I'm pretty excited about the trip and seeing my baby, I'm a little bit leery about the drive ahead, but at the same time I'm looking forward to it. I think the scenery will be awesome and the real reward will be at the end of the journey, where Sarah will be waiting for us.

It's funny how the accident has changed so much, the bike has taken a long time to get fixed and as mentioned, it's not done yet. Even still, the bike probably will not be in the same great condition as it was before the accident. Not to mention that Larry has lost at least 4 weeks of summer rides. But what can you do?

I don't have any pictures of today's ride, but let me just tell you that it was the perfect day for a ride, the temps were perfect, the breeze was fun - and the day ended with a perfect bbq steak dinner with loved ones. Check out Best of Friends if you want to see the basic map of our trip today.

 

 

Best of Friends

Yesterday I got busy, I had intended to go for a ride but as the day went on I started readjusting my thoughts, feeling good about what I was getting done. Then my good friend Carolyn, who lives close to Toronto,  texted me around 2:30pm, she was driving to  Chatham on business. Her plan was to head right back home but there was an opportunity for us to have a small visit, I decided to drop everything and meet up with her, how could I resist a ride and hanging out with Carolyn? With a big smile on my face, I got ready quickly, I pulled on my new kevlar jeans, boots, and the rest of my gear and headed out. I decided to take the 401 highway, thinking it would be the quickest and I wanted to make sure I was there on time so I wouldn't miss a minute.

The ride up was pretty uneventful, there was some construction on the highway but traffic was pretty smooth. We got there about the same time, it was great seeing her! We went to my favorite Chatham restaurant, Mama Maria's for delicious Italian food, that never fails to please and of course to catch up.

Sitting on the back patio of Mama Maria's, overlooking the Thames River

We spent a fun hour together, I gave her a tour of downtown Chatham which did not take long, and then we went our separate ways again.

It was pretty cloudy out when I left Windsor and it got cloudier the closer I got to my destination, it has been looking like it's going to rain a lot lately and then it doesn't. I was pretty happy that the rain held off, although I am sure the farmers were disappointed. The ride home was really enjoyable, I took the scenic route and followed Thames River to Lake St. Clair, to the Detroit River. The sun played peek a boo with me all throughout the day but showed up about half way home which was nice, it was a good ride.

The 'loop'.

Once home, I had an overly excited dog on my hands so we went for a walk, it was a good way to move some of the muscles that had been sitting for a while, plus it was an enjoyable walk with fireflies lighting our way home.

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Father's Day

It's summertime, and I'm loving it!

Today temperatures and humidity were high, driving in the city was  hot, hot, hot!!

Being a good daughter I met up with my Dad (for Father's Day), we had breakfast together which was fun and then I was ready for a ride.

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I did a bit of city riding, along Riverside Drive, it was pretty hot and the stop and go traffic wasn't fun so I decided to cut across the county so I could ride along Lake Erie, I could feel the temps drop the closer I got, once in Kingsville, I filled up with gas bought a Magnum Bar (yummy) and went to Lakeside Park to relax. I took off my boots, coat, and pulled up my jeans as far as they would go and relaxed in the sunshine while drinking water, eating the above-mentioned bar and reading a book - I stayed for quite a while and it felt like summer should, very relaxing.

I drove home on Highway 50, I mostly had the road to myself, it was cooler now - not only because I was by the lake but because the day was starting to fade away. The ride home was perfect, I was drinking in the sunshine, the green leaves, the blue lake, and the cottages that dotted the lakefront, I drove the perfect highway road drinking it all in - if ever there was a day to remind myself how much I love to ride, today was it.

There is a feeling I get while riding that is difficult to describe, it's peaceful, relaxing and healing all at the same time. I want to ride forever but my 'seat' starts to let me know it's time for a break.

I'm looking forward to the next ride already!!

Accident

While I was working today I got a call from Larry, which is not unusual as we often touch base through out the day. It was around 3:30, when my phone started making the sound of a motorcycle (zoom zoom) which is my ringtone for Larry. It turned out that Larry was in an accident (he's okay), he was rear ended while on his bike. It happened at a 4 way stop, there was a car in front of him and one behind him, after the car in front went through the intersection, it was Larry's turn to approach the stop sign, when he stopped, the car behind him hit him which cause Larry to fly over his bike. At this news, my heart leaped into my throat and my stomach hurt, my eyes were constantly close to tears for the rest of the day and all I wanted to do was SOMETHING, I had no idea what,...

Larry is okay, he is experiencing some back pain and other aches and pains, it'll be interesting to see how he is tomorrow. The bike, however was towed to a local shop, the fender is broken and pushed into the tire, the handle is mangled and there are a lot of other small things that Larry noticed but (again) it'll be interesting to see what shows up at the shop tomorrow.

The person that hit Larry felt really bad, but you have to wonder what happened - why didn't he see him? He was charged and has offered to pay the bills. I feel like we have a journey ahead of us to get things back to normal, I'm anxious to find out what that will entail.

After the initial phone call from Larry, we kept contacting each other, I was wondering if I needed to be with to be with him but I was assured that everything was okay. Every time Larry called my cell I heard the sound of a motorcycle (as it is the ringtone I use for him), it seemed to be mocking me.

So I continued working and thanking God that all was well, however the experience has left me asking, how can you have a bike in front of you and not see it. Are we really invisible?

If I can make a request, it would be - Safety is in YOUR hands, look twice!!

 

Rhubarb

The Victoria Day weekend brought another opportunity for a ride, my Mom suggested I come to her house and lighten the garden of its rhubarb. It was a pretty quick ride, I cut across the county straight to her house, the weather was even better than the previous day. When I got to the farm, we cut a lot of rhubarb, did I mention that I love rhubarb? My saddle bags aren't that big so I was limited with what I could bring home. My mom and I spent about a half hour preparing the vegetable that I enjoy as a fruit, we started by collecting it, then trimming the leaves off and cutting it in half to fit the saddle bag. Once done, I realized I could squeeze in a few more stalks, and then, of course it was back to the garden, soon I was full and the journey home began. It was a perfect weather day, I did dress a little warmly because it can get cool along Lake Erie but I was super warm while doing the rhubarb and glad to get on my way. I took highway 50 home and enjoyed the breezes off the lake and in the end I was pretty glad I did dress warmly.

I was in a bit of hurry to get home because we were going to have a family dinner, I tried a new recipe to incorporate some of the rhubarb and it turned out delicious, we had

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Onion Rhubarb Sauce,  plus summer time potato salad and a delicious garden salad with homemade ranch dressing made by my daughter (so good). I've included the recipe if anyone is interested in trying it.

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Thanks for the rhubarb Mom!

A short but fun ride

Victoria Day Holiday

I'm sitting outside on my back deck with a glass of wine, I just finished dinner, I made a concoction of shrimp, fresh whole wheat pasta and a cream sauce with a lot of garlic and a hint of spice - it was pretty good. I am feeling relaxed as I lounge here, listening to the fireworks as they light up the sky, and reminiscing upon my day, which involved a ride of course. Even though the forecast promised a high of 70ºF, this holiday weekend, I bundled up - it was breezy today, with strong winds at times which brought a chill to the air, whenever I stopped riding I was quite warm, when I was riding I was totally comfortable - I went to church this morning, had breakfast afterwards with a beautiful person that I love hanging out with and then I started on my ride.

I've been anticipating this ride for a few days and really looking forward to it, I've spent a lot of time thinking about where to go, what roads to take, it was tough because I only had a few hours and I feel like I've taken every road the county has to offer. I was hoping for a bit of fun and enjoyment and taking the same old routes seemed a bit boring but other than crossing the border there are only so many streets out of this peninsula area.

So I started out, still undecided, I began with taking Snake Lane and then Canard Drive, as I rode I could feel my breathing getting deeper and my enjoyment getting higher, I took back roads until I got to highway #50 and then followed Lake Erie until I got to Leamington,  then I cut across the county to Lake St. Clair and eventually followed Riverside Drive home. What I learned was that no matter how many times I do the same ride, I love it - I love the area I live in, it's surrounded by water. I wasn't bored, not for a minute and thoroughly enjoyed my sunshine filled ride.

It was so much fun to see so many signs of spring, it's the Victoria Weekend here in Canada, most people get 3 days off with Monday being the actual holiday and it seems more like the beginning of spring. Today I saw so many roadside stands with hanging baskets filled with beautiful summer time flowers for sale, as well as Rhubarb (I love rhubarb), tomatoes and a few other things, including starter plants for gardens. There was also Coventry Gardens with the peace fountain in place shooting water up in the most festive way. I love this time of year, and I'm pretty excited for a great riding season.

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Happy Friday

Today was awesome! It was the best biking weather so far this year and I thoroughly enjoyed it! We got a late start but it worked out great, we went to Marija's for breakfast (I had the eggs benedict, yummy!), It's always good to start out with a full belly. We then continued on Riverside Drive, there was some traffic which slowed us down a bit, even though the route wasn't new to us, it felt pretty special on this beautiful day. The sky was blue, the water was sparkling with the reflection of the sun, the wind was light and warm - in fact at one point, after we turned away from the water I was hot - I saw a sign in Amherstburg that reported the temperature at 77ºF (in this part of the country we seem to use Fahrenheit more than Celsius, probably because of our neighbours to the north, we are so close to the American border).

So we followed the Detroit River and then cut across the county, following the Belle River and rode through Woodslee until we stopped for a short break in Kingsville at Lakeside Park.

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After our small break, we headed home on highway #50,

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we then went through Amherstburg and home, once home I was still craving the outdoors. So we BBQed and then relaxed around a fire.

Perfect way to end a fun day

Spring

We had a great ride yesterday, the sun was out and the temperatures were pleasant - it did get a little chilly when the sun would hide - Larry was much colder than I was but I was dressed in many layers. Signs of spring were everywhere, flowering trees, green grass, people out - some walking, some fishing - and the smell of cut grass filled the air.

We had breakfast at Cora's and on the way there we got stuck in 'stop and go' traffic on Walker Road, I thought I was being clever when I devised a plan to go the back way so that I could avoid the regular heavy traffic on Walker Rd (between Wyandotte and Provincial Road) but no so such luck.

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 11.31.31 AMComing from LaSalle, I took Bouffard to Laurier which turned into S. Talbot Rd., from there I made a left on Walker and that's when my ride turned into a crawl for a little bit.

After a very satisfying breakfast and several cups of coffee, we headed out again, we took Concession Rd #7 to #42 and turned left on Patillo Road and then with a small detour we took Riverside Drive home, which is always fun. We did make one pit stop at Reaume Park, they have s0 many flowers in bloom. All these pictures were taken from the park.

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It was a really good day, a bit windy but pretty good weather wise. Can't wait to get out for another ride today!

A New Highway

So far April's weather has been disappointing, I'm sitting here with the fireplace on listening to the hail/rain hit the windows, this morning it was snowing and the temperatures were below zero. Today while driving in my car with the heat blasting, I took a fairly new highway which I find somewhat exciting, the last few years there has been much construction in our area and the results are pretty impressive. This highway has made it a bit easier for me to get around and I can see a lot of trucks using the route as well.

I'm not sure how the parkway got its name but it is to be called 'The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway', and will eventually connect to the new bridge which is to be called 'The Gordie Howe International Bridge', which will help keep traffic running smoothly in Canada's busiest land border crossing city.

I am impressed with the look and convince of the new parkway, and I think it'll be good for our city especially once the bridge is built in a couple of years.

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Working out

Working out is important to me, I want to stay strong and healthy especially as I grow older. Sometimes it's really hard to stay motivated, so times like that I remind myself the reasons why I want to stay strong and healthy, one of my reasons is to be able to ride my bike. My bike weighs 464lbs more than I do and I want to be able to maneuver it easily, stop it if it starts to fall, balance well, stave off fatigue, and possibly prevent injury or have a quicker recovery and I'm sure there are more reasons that aren't coming to mind right now.

I was pretty excited when I came across this article written by Dr. Pamela Reilly, she shares how riding a motorcycle is a workout in itself and actually improves physical health. She points out that it strengthens your knees and thighs, improves your core strength, increases insulin sensitivity, burns calories, strengthens your neck and maybe most importantly, improves your mental outlook.

Is it true, that riding a bike can actually be good for you? It seems that it is so. From now on I'm looking at riding my bike is a part of my healthy life style.

What do you think of that mom (and all the naysayers)?

It's too cold to ride today, so I'm off to gym.

 

Second Ride of the Year

Today (it's still February) the weather was 'record breaking', we reached a high of 15ºC (59ºF) which broke our old record which was set in 1976. Screen Shot 2016-02-28 at 3.59.31 PM

After lunch the sun was shinning, and my bike was longing for a ride, I was pretty excited about a possible ride but was a bit concerned about the wind, I took my chances. The wind was pretty robust, more so on the way home, a couple of times the gusts felt pretty strong which made me wonder if I could hold my bike, especially while stopped. All went well and I made it home after a great ride, I went down Riverside Drive again, waved to fellow riders and thoroughly enjoyed my day. The Detroit River was pretty choppy but it was pretty, it was fun to see so many people out at the parks or going for a walk, everyone was out enjoying the day. IMG_0900 (2)

A quick stop at Jones & Co.  on the way home opened an opportunity to take a quick picture, I don't think I stopped talking for it. It was pretty windy, even for this photo but I wanted photographic proof that I was out in it, my second ride of the year in February.

If you read my previous post, you've seen that I got to go for a ride earlier this month but then we got a snow storm, then today the weather allowed me to ride again, the report looks like we have some more interesting weather on it's way.

It's February

It's February 3rd and the temperature hit a high of 53ºF - this doesn't happen very often.

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I had so many things I needed to accomplish today - when I realized how nice it was I played with the idea of taking my bike out - however I decided to get things done. Around 11 am I went outside with my dog, Charlie and it felt so good in the sunshine, I couldn't stop myself.

I went to the garage, opened the door and sat on my bike, it felt so good, I put the key in the ignition and turned it - I was rewarded with the purring sound of the motor and my heart started racing with excitement. I ran into the house, redressed myself (in so many layers) and I was soon ready to go.

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My shadow 'photo bombed' my picture, it does prove that it was sunny out. I jumped on the bike and it felt so good as I rode down the street, hugging the curves and taking deep breaths. I drove along River Canard, the ice on the water was so pretty glittering in the sun, there were birds standing on the ice, some floating on the water, I stopped to take a picture but my iphone 5 let me down (once again).

I decided to take a jaunt down Riverside Drive, my favourite route, I was gone for about an hour and drove about 55K's. It felt so good being out in the sunshine, waving to fellow riders, soaking in the views, and just being on my bike. I was glad to get home though, I started getting a bit cold and the wind was getting really strong, and of course I was really hungry. Once home, I did eat and now I'm sitting here in front of the fire with a warm drink and a smile on face and I re-experience my day by sharing with you.

Todays Route

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Winter can be hard on a biker.

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It's Getting Cold Out

At some point in the second week of November the weather turned and there is a chill in the air, a real chill! It was a bit past 2pm today when I armed myself with a crazy amount of warm clothing, I dressed myself with layers upon layers, I added my helmet that had total coverage (it's the one the wear when it's cold out) and then I headed out in the sunshine. I still felt somewhat cold, but I was loving the sunshine, the falling of leaves and just the thrill I get when I ride. I didn't make to far, I was about 30 minutes from home when I arrived at Larry's work and decided that was far enough. I met Larry after his shift was over and we drove home together, along Riverside Drive - it was a beautiful ride - and so much fun to do with Larry, it may be the last  'together' ride of the season and I was loving it.

Larry's bike at work, waiting for the ride home.

As winter and cold weather settles in, so do I - however, it was great to get a ride in today, even if it was a short one.