Secret Morning Ride

I’m a true morning person, perhaps because I’m a loner by nature. My favourite time of the day is pre-7am, when most people are still in bed.

The other morning I was up at 5, looking forward to a morning row on Quidi Vidi lake. As I was flailing about the house getting ready I realized that I had neglected to check my text messages from the evening before. Sure enough, schedules had conflicted and rowing was cancelled. What to do? Go for a ride, of course!

The air had that distinct spring morning chill, but it didn’t bother me. I fired up the Vstrom and zig-zagged my way through the narrow, crooked streets of the old city. Water Street and Duckworth Street – normally so congested – were completely empty. I caught glimpses of myself in the glass of shop windows and allowed my imagination to wander. I felt as though I was in a movie, a lone motorcyclist riding clandestinely through an empty city.

I somehow felt that I was doing something very secretive, and I guess it was, in a way. Seen by no one, heard by no one, showing up at work at my usual time with no one any the wiser.What a wonderful way to start the day.


St. John’s at dawn. Not sure who to credit for this, found it at


Posted on May 27, 2015, in Behind the Visor and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I so agree Krista..I’m an early morning person too – usually up by 5am – and love the quiet of morning. Now that riding season is here, I am often out before 6, enjoying the emptiness of the roads and the changes as early morn changes to day. I really appreciate how you captured the feeling….

  2. Agreed. Early morning is the best time of day for me. It also allows me to experience my passions, trail running and motorcycling, before the heat/humidity of the day.

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