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 ;)

Still February

There are not too many activities I enjoy more than being on my bike - sometimes I look longingly out the window wishing the weather would co-operate with my desires - however on days like this I'm thank full to be living in a world that has 4 separate and unique seasons. I've always loved the 4 seasons, but my desire to go for a ride has sometimes trumped these feelings. Today, however I  am in awe of the beauty that surrounds me, I am enjoying that the world seems a little quieter and  cleaner. Today I breathe deeply, absorb the artistry around me and let the feeling of peace fill me.

 

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Yesterday the weather was dreary with a rain/hail/snow combination, I found it depressing but there were many people who said 'at least it's not snow', I don't understand this sentiment. Sure, there are complaints about shovelling, which isn't always fun however today I did shovel the whole driveway with the help of my cutiepies and it was nothing but fun. So if I had to choose between snow and rain, I would pick snow and a great deal of people who live in this great city would hate me - the children however would love me! There are hills that need to be tobogganned, snowman & forts that need to be built, and snowball fights to win.

Bring on the snow!!

Weather

I've always loved living in Canada and experiencing the change of seasons, watching winter lose its grip and spring popping up as the rain helps turn my world green and gives flowers the nourishment they need to brighten days. Soon after I'm more than ready for the warm temps and sunshine that summer brings, I enjoy eating outside, beaches and outdoor fun, then just as the temps get to hot and start sapping my energy, nights start to cool down, cool breezes come in, leaves change colour, we go apple picking, the air has a crispness and I pull out my warm, comfy sweaters. Before long the clouds seem to take over, we brighten the world with colourful lights as it gets colder and darker, the clock falls back an hour and I enjoy cuddling up on my couch in front of a fire drinking coffee and feeling cozy, pretty soon snow flurries come. Eventually the world turns into a snow-filled winter wonderland, making snow people and tobogganing become the popular sport. I'm not saying it's perfect, I do get tired of wicked wind, slush, cold fingers, and my imagination becomes nonexistent when I try to think of a time where I won't be cold and overdressed. However that always gives me a deeper appreciation for the soft breezes of warmer temperatures.

However biking has brought a new impatience with weather that is not conducive for riding, I am frustrated right now with all the rain that summer has brought, I've come to expect sunshine but am getting clouds and rain - it's not fun riding in the rain.

The other day Larry and I started on what was to be an all day ride, I was really looking forward to it as it has been a while since I had ridden - the forecast assured that no rain was expected, however as we started out the clouds were heavy, the temperatures weren't bad - it was about 18°c (64°f) but there was a cool breeze blowing - by time we stopped to eat breakfast at Edna's in Belleriver I felt done. After a good breakfast where they kept the coffee coming - we just turned around and went back home.

I'm going to try to quit whining about the weather, after all - all the whining in the world won't change it and I plan to enjoy the days I do get to ride all that much more.

To Ride or Not to Ride

It is beautiful out, sunshine and warm temps everything this girl hopes for, however the weather forecast is predicting rain when its time to come home at 6pm.

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It's so pretty out now I really want to take my bike, but what if it starts raining later - that would take a lot of fun out of the ride home, so the big question, do I take my bike or the car?

Post Script: I took my bike and had a lovely ride both to and from work today, the ride home was a bit overcast and humid but still relaxing and fun. It's 8:30pm and still no sign of  rain/thunderstorms, although they are promising some for tomorrow, ugh!!