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.

Snow and Brochures

The other day I stopped at the  Windsor Tourist Information Centre, I was hoping to find some local postcards and while there an idea popped into my head - I asked about biking maps and I was pretty excited to come home with a handful of brochures. My Brochures

 

So now, I'm sitting here in front of the fire with a coffee in my hands day dreaming of summer days and doing some cruising, while outside many people are digging themselves out of the record breaking snow fall we just had.

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The brochures have pictures of clear days, groups of bikers riding and beautiful views, I want to jump into the picture. All the brochures are from Ontario, which is handy because that is where I live, however some would be quite a drive to get there.

My handful included Cruise the Coast (I already did a blog about how much I love that one), I'm enjoying The Top Ten Motorcycle Routes in Ontario, also Deer Trail Touring Route looks pretty great and very remote and I'm looking forward to diving into Ride Grey Bruce. I think these brochures with be worn out and dog eared before long as I drool over the maps and plan for summer adventures - can't wait.

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It's snowing

It was starting to get dark and snowing as I was driving home from work today, I took Riverside drive and was enjoying the view - the lights reflecting on the water, the fluffy snow and then I noticed a motorcycle riding in the opposite lane. I was impressed as I am particularly sucky about being cold, seeing the biker brought so many questions to mind, was he out on purpose enjoying the snow, did he take his bike to work  and was regretting his decision, was he cold and if not what was he wearing? I have to admit I was a bit jealous, while the heat in my car was blowing full speed and I was bundled up with 4 (walls) sides surrounding me and protecting me from the wind. Do you ride in near freezing temps, if so what do you wear?