Unseasonably Warm Weekend!

Around the middle of November, I come to terms with the fact that riding is over for the year, and settle into winter mode. Helmets and leather jackets are put away, replaced by mitts, scarves and snow shovels.

Being an island, we often get bizarre weather and this past couple of days was an example of that. By the grace of the weather gods, we were given the weekend of November 16 and 17, 2013: Temperatures of 10-12 degrees C., very little wind, and dry! All household chores fell by the wayside, this weather had to be taken advantage of!

I desperately wanted to go for a ride, but first I had to squeeze in my weekly long run. I set out for Signal Hill, only intending to run the road but it was so incredibly nice up there that I ran the trail as well. It is the latest time in the year that I have EVER run that trail, it was a very enjoyable experience!

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The view of St. John’s from the Signal Hill trail. Spectacular.

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The trail ends in the Battery. The artists used old photographs as the basis for the mural, all these people are from the Battery!

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This part of the mural shows women drying salt cod…mmmmmm….

After my run I took the Vstrom out, and realized that I didn’t set the clock back when daylight savings time ended. I decided not the waste time resetting the clock, as it will probably be daylight savings time again when I go for my next ride.

When I left the house I started planning my route in my head, and it occurred to me that I really needed to avoid several parts of the city, as the streets around the major shopping areas (Stavanger Drive, Kenmount Road) will be clogged with Christmas shoppers. A motorcycle ride coinciding with Christmas shopping? That’s a first for me!

As I hummed along on my bike, I tried to soak in every molecule of the entire experience, knowing that it will probably be March or April before I get for another ride. With my electric vest and heated grips I was perfectly comfortable, I think I’ve been riding on colder days in June!

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The view from the South Side, looking towards the Battery

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St. Phillips…I think that’s the Western Aquarius in the background.

The weather this weekend was truly a gift, and will make the winter seem shorter. I truly hope everyone got the opportunity to indulge an outdoor passion, whatever it may be.

 

 

 

 

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Posted on November 17, 2013, in Roads of Newfoundland and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Its so nice to get that surprise ride in!!!! You live in some gorgeous country!!

    • Thank you! Having lived here almost my entire life sometimes I take this place for granted though I try very hard not to. And you’re right, there’s nothing better than a surprise ride this time of year!

  2. Likewise I never adjust the Vstrom clock, even when I cross the continent. I just eat and sleep when I feel like it without regard for time of day. As long as my camera and GPS run on the same time I’m happy. Sometimes catching ferries is a challenge.

  3. Glad you were able to get out for a scoot Krista … the weather this past weekend was awesome! Sadly my Bike is already stored … Dooh!!

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