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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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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A Perfect Night

Today it was too nice to NOT ride my bike, so I rode it to work this morning - it was the type of day that made me want to keep going - such a pretty a day, the kind you just can't get enough of. I was excited that things worked out so that Larry could meet me after work and we could go for a ride, we went along Riverside Drive until we got to Tecumseh where we stopped at one of Larry's favourite restaurants  'The Wrap Shack' for a quick bite and then we were back on the road.

The route wasn't particularly exciting and it certainly wasn't new to us, but it was the perfect journey for tonight. The weather was perfect, the sun was just starting to set and the water was a breathtaking backdrop for our ride. Spring smells filled the air, cut grass, flowers, everything smelled so fresh - I was breathing deeply and felt totally relaxed and completely exhilarated at the same time.

Couldn't think of better way to spend the evening

A great ride, surrounded by water through most of it. The part in purple is where we had to double our ride, no complaints though - great views.

Hacked

One day I received an email from my website host:

"A routine scan of your account has found malicious or infected files,.... As a result, we have suspended your website, to avoid problems for website visitors or other customers. Please remove the malicious code, through FTP or the file manager. I would recommend deleting and republishing your entire website from a clean copy; this should then erase any other code which may have been injected into your pages to allow back-door access by unauthorized people."

It went on to explain what things needed to happen before  they can put it up again, they also explained that they have partnered with a company that can fix it, and included the website address for the company. A call to the hosting company just confirmed everything in the email, and was no more help than the original email.

Seriously, it was all very overwhelming and frustrating, I hate how little I know about this kind of stuff. I did as much research as I could, talked to everyone I thought could help me and ended up paying more than I wanted to, to the recommended company and voila - I'm back on line.

I felt like my site was kidnapped and then held hostage, I paid a ransom and now it's free,...ugh!!

I do like being on line, and enjoy sharing my thoughts with all of you. It's now mid may, and biking season is just beginning - I'm sure it's going to be a fun summer.

 

First Long Ride of 2015

I've become obsessed with checking the weather, today I was promised sunshine and temperatures in the 60's but when I checked the weather this morning - the sunshine went away. Today's Weather

I sucked it up, and put on a pair of long johns, jeans, tank top, sweater, an extra warm sweat shirt, winter coat, boots and went for a great ride, I drove to Leamington and had lunch with my Mom and drove home following highway 18 and then highway 50 which follows Lake Erie. By time I got home my right gloved hand was cold and the wind was riding up my sleeves, which left me with a chill.

 

A bleak day with Lake Erie in the back ground.

Once home I took a nice, warm bath which not only warmed me up, it soothed those 'first long ride of the year' sore muscles. And then gave my bike a bath, and detailed her so she is just beaming!

Tomorrow's forecasts seems more promising, think I may give it another try.

Tomorrow's predicted weather

 

 

The Wave

Sunday (just a few days ago), it was the perfect day to go for a ride - the first nice day of the year with sunshine and temps expected reach 60°f (I use Fahrenheit here because I think it sounds more lovely than 15.5°c.), Larry had the day off and we were both a bit disappointed that I was working because we couldn't go for a ride, but (for the first time this year) I took my bike to work - it just makes going to work more fun. We did however get our ride in, he met me after work, around 4:30 and we drove Riverside Drive - it's the perfect ride, it only takes about an hour, the speed is fairly low and it is relaxing with a great view.

It felt so good to be out, we were not the only ones who felt this way, we saw lots of bikers out which gave me the opportunity to wave. I love the wave, with each wave I feel like I'm saying 'isn't this a blast?'

I've talked about the 'wave' with different people, some seem to tire of it and dislike it - I've seen boaters do the wave to each other on the lake, which strikes me as a bit weird because it's the only type of vehicle out there.  Back when we had our little sporty looking 2 seater, lime green EXP car, seeing another one was rare but when we did we would often honk and wave. One time someone was so excited to see a twin of his car he honked and waved for a good 5 minutes.

Anyway, when I'm out there on the road and hear the familiar sound of a bike, or see one coming up I get a bit excited, someone (a total stranger) whom (I assume) loves riding as much as I do and is happy to just be driving along, soaking in the sunshine and scenery,  I look over and make a connection with that person with a wave of a hand or a nod of my head and for a split second I've related with them, creating a fellowship with someone I've never met and likely will never meet.

It's a fun feeling when you meet someone that you have something in common with, especially when that 'something' is a little out of the ordinary - I feel like that every time I see a fellow biker.

 

Charlie

A great day for this household!

It's been a busy Saturday - it's mid April and towards the end of the day we had to deal with the fact that we put off getting a few needed groceries - the first choice that needed to be made, do we take the car or the bike - guess which won,...

 

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Motorcycle over car & Groceries in the saddlebag

It was a short but fun ride, we hit the grocery store and then rode down through River Canard, a beautiful ride only minutes from my home. The sunshine and warm temps were good for my soul and I found myself anxious for my next ride.

Our day started with training at K9, it's such a great place to learn how I need to be trained so I can work with Charlie and the day ended with the signing of the papers that made Charlie ours - so exciting!

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Isn't he so Beautiful?

Weather

After spending some time visiting a country that has a consistent weather pattern and having people look at me strangely  when I comment about how nice it is out today (because it's always nice), it makes me realize why we Canadians talk about the weather so much - because it's always changing and keeping us guessing.  It's very unpredictable, regardless of a meteorologists supposed ability to foresee the future, although I find myself constantly checking the forecast (it's like gawking at a car accident) and I was supper excited and somewhat hopeful to see that I can expect 10°celcuis (50°fahrenheit) on Thursday. I was thinking maybe I could take the bike out for a quick spin but I'm told that I should wait for a couple of good rains to wash the salt away because salt with rust my bike, which I do not understand - how does salt rust my bike, or my car for that matter.

Here is the expected weather pattern for this week, it does give hope - hope that maybe this long, cold winter will release it's grip and the snow will melt and flowers will grow, but most importantly I will once again be on my bike, smiling because I'm almost always smiling when I'm on my bike.

 

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Me smiling in St. Jacobs and having fun while on a mini vacation hitting all the quant spots in the area.

 

 

 

Finally! Spring 2014 is here

The first time out of the garage in 5 months. I was excited to be coming home from Costa Rica in late April because I was sure that riding weather would have arrived! However I was a bit disappointed with how cool it was, I braved the cooler temps and dressed in many, many layers the first sunny day on my first week back and went for a ride.

Many, many, many layers

I drove down Riverside drive which was lovely, the sunshine was beautiful, it was fun to do the familiar drive again, I drove the stretch to St. Clair Beach.

The Puce River that leads to St. Clair lake.

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It was about an hour long ride and by time I got home I was chilly but once home a hot bubble bath took care of that. All in all it felt great to be on my bike again.