The short trips

Tonight we had a window of nice weather. Just a small window – it was, never the less a window. So we took it.

HB and I jumped on the bikes after supper, picked up a friend at a parking lot and headed to the ocean side for dessert.

On the east coast of Van Isle is a little place open during summer months. It’s called the Beach Hut and serves burgers, fries, shakes, hotdogs and ice cream on – you guessed it – the beach.

Just a short 45 min ride from home to the beach for over 45 flavours. Who could beat that?

Anyways. We made the break for it, got the ice cream ( I really had a tough time deciding) and relaxed while visiting with friends and ooohing and ahhhhing over a friends brand new goldwing.

I settled on mango – but the espresso looked amazing. I guess we will have to come back – soon!

We then headed back home via venison alley.

Quick blast but effective considering the weather moved in. All in all a good night.

‘Junuary’ is upon us.

Interesting how motorcycle riders get all pumped up for summer and visions of rides past and rides-yet-to-be dance in our dreams.

Unfortunately, before we get to our good riding months on the Canadian west coast, we must endure ‘Junuary’. That time of year when the weather from May (which is usually quite warm) deserts us and the furnace kicks in again at night.

Cool, wet weather moves in and riding becomes hit and miss in my part of the country. I should know that living in a coastal rainforest means precipitation, and every year Hubby puts up with my grousing about wet weather. It doesn’t make it any easier when it arrives.

The trade off will be in July and August when temperatures soar into the high 30s and low 40s (80-90 for Fahrenheit people) and riding is a daily occurrence. For now I will just quietly sit in my chair by the window muttering into my tea cup and glaring at the rain clouds out the window. Bahhh humbug.

Guess what??

Guess where I was today?

At long last!! On the bike!! Yay. Yippee. Insert many jumps for joy here.

Out we went late this morning. . We did a bit of a ‘shake the dust out’ ride for the first ride of the year. Nothing too strenuous because I haven’t been on the bike for 8 months. Lucky me though. This early in the tourist season there aren’t tooooo many (cough cough) big travel trailers on the road. We were, unfortunately, held at 70km/hr in a 90 zone for quite a long distance by a tourist on their way to Tofino. I do admit that I consider my little area of the island a beautiful are, but when I see 9cars and 2 motorcycles backing up behind me, I am sure I would use one of the turn outs to relieve the traffic congestion. It’s easier to admire the scenery when I’m not trying to negotiate tight twisted mountain paths, anyway.

Anyways – whatevs. I was on my bike for the first time this season. The weather was a perfect combo of overcast and cool, but not so cool that I had to put on the vest.

An auspicious start to the season never the less.