I Didn’t Want to Jinx It

Each winter, I implore the gods of weather to take pity on this poor little rock in the North Atlantic, and send us an early spring. A “real” spring, like we see on TV. Blue skies, brilliant sunshine, soft breezes…little birds singing to each other while the first crocuses push their way up from their long winters nap. Most years the weather gods laugh at my pseudo-prayers, and blanket the North East Avalon with thick wet fog and bitter winds, occasionally interspersed with a blizzard or ice storm.

But not this year. I’ve been wanting to write up a post since my first 2016 ride on March 27 (MARCH 27!) but I’m superstitious and was afraid that I would jinx it and not get the bike out again until May.

I might be in the minority here, but during the months that I can’t ride, the areas of my brain usually taken up with motorcycle stuff gets sub-let to all sorts of other interests. But after that first ride of the season, the “lease is up”, so to speak. Now my free time is spent perusing the online motorcycle classifieds, studying Google maps to find out -of-the-way destinations, and reading blogs by riders much more adventurous and interesting than myself. It’s good to be back.

Here’s a few pictures from our *early* rides this year. Looking forward to a long riding season!

 

March 27, 2016. Still looks very much like winter, temps just above freezing. Went for a little ride around the prettier parts of the city. 

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April 2, 2016. First ride on the Vstrom. Temperature was around 14 C (57F), warm enough for highway riding. Lots of bikes out that day! 

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On April 20/21, we were hit with a snow storm that dumped 50cm (over 1.5 feet) on us. Thanks to the warmth of the spring sun, we were riding again a couple of days later!

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Posted on April 30, 2016, in Behind the Visor, Pictures: Places & Bikes and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. May you have a safe and adventurous riding season! I have never been to Newfoundland, looks like a beautiful place to ride.

    • Wishing you the same, Sandy! Newfoundland is a beautiful place to ride, but the unpredictable and harsh weather means that you always have to be prepared for anything that might fall out of the sky! haha

  2. Another great post Krista. And you are so right about the weather and our long unpredictable winters. I’ve been on the road for 5 days now and have had nothing but snow and freezing temps, even into Maine. We who live in the North appreciate good weather when we get it and take advantage of it every chance we can.

  3. Your first paragraph, Krista, described our spring perfectly this year here in South Carolina.
    Not saying, just saying………………. (-:

  4. Glad to see you’re back on the bikes Krista! I hadn’t seen any posts from you in a while, so I was getting worried that the Strom was now a permanent snow/ice statue! Wishing you many wonderful riding days ahead!

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