When I tell people from elsewhere that I live in Canada, the usual response I get is their assumption that I live in a cold and inhospitable place. The land of dogsleds and polar bears. And igloos.
In reality, I live in a part of the country that has a very moderate climate. On an island off the west coast of British Columbia. In a valley, where we grow grapes and pears and cherries and live on the ocean. We get hot here and quite frequently we break heat records in my little piece of home.
Our riding season is pretty much all year round if a person doesn’t mind getting moist during our ‘monsoon’ season.
During the summer months, heat exhaustion is a definite fracture a rider has to deal with. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate is a mantra that should be seriously heeded.
So why am I sharing this with you? Because the one thing I have learned about riding a motorcycle is that the rider is very much in tune with the sights, sounds and smells around them. And when it gets hot, there is one special ride I love to do every day. The hotter it is, the more the scent of hot pine and cedar fills the air. And with it, the shade of the trees over the road is cool and refreshing.
Welcome to this road. It’s my favourite.