Port Dover, Ontario holds a motorcycle rally each Friday the 13th. Though I’ve never been there, it’s become sort of a tradition with me to go for a ride on these occasions as long as the weather is somewhat civilized.
This past Friday the temperature got to a balmy 5 degrees C (41 F) with overcast skies and a brisk wind off the water…nothing that merino wool and an electric vest couldn’t handle. We bundled up, grabbed a couple of take-out subs and headed for a nearby trail.
I immediately noticed the difference in soil consistency. A few cold nights had made the mud super slick and clumpy, filling the tire treads and flicking up on the fenders, engine and seat. I had to ride even slower than I normally would, and be really careful on off-camber sections of trail.
May 2014 in St. John’s has been the coldest month of May in about 20 years, with a daily high temperature of only 8.2 degrees Celsius (47 F). This weekend it was actually warmer in both Narsarsuaq, Greenland and Reykjavik, Iceland than it was in St. John’s, so gearing up for a day on the bikes took some thought and planning. You may have heard of “ATGATT”, standing for “all the gear, all the time”. I propose a new acronym, “ATGYOAAO”: “all the gear you own, all at once”. Read the rest of this entry