So… April started out in fine fashion, however has not remained so.
To explain – among other things, I’m a biker.
Hmmm… immediately some of you will get a mental picture – long hair, beard, big belly, tattoos, piercings, leathers, vest with patches, noisy Harley, and so on.
Now lose your mental picture. Bikers are, in reality, a representation of society in general. They come in all sizes, shapes, genders, nationalities and ages, riding a plethora of different machines. They are many different individuals, each their own person.
Now for me, I have a beard, short hair, no tattoos, one piercing, yeah a bit of a belly, wear a leather jacket at times, have a vest with my veteran’s group patch, and ride a Suzuki Boulevard C50 Trike (which is a little noisy).
Anyway, back to April.
As I indicated, it started out well, and I brought my bike out from its designated winter parking spot in the back corner of the garage. It fired up right away, oil levels and tire pressures were checked, and shortly we were out on the road for a wee test drive to make sure all was working well.
Riding was done carefully as Spring roads in Edmonton, or any other place for that matter, can be quite trickly with all the crap that’s left from the winter. And… it seems that many drivers seem to have forgotten what a motorcycle is, and we fail to register in their brain, even when they are looking straight at us.
So, from the beginning of April, I was out riding pretty much every day. The weather was good, with promise of being better, albeit a bit cool, in the 4C to 10C range. Then it got warmer, staying over 10C, and eventually working it’s way up to 22C.
Wowzers, now we’re talking. Let’s go!
Wait just a goldarn minute. What’s this, the temperatures are dropping. No, tell me it’s not so.
Over the next few days we went down to 3C, then down to 0C, then (gasp) -3C, followed by -9C. Dammit!
Ah, but we’re not finished. This morning we were at -12C, and worse, there is a skiff of snow.
Yes, this will pass. Yes, this type of thing happens every year at this time. No, the world is not ending.
However to those of us who are bikers, and due to the climate where we live, we have been unable to ride for, in some cases, many months, this is almost like putting salt on a wound that is just about healed.
It is weather – like it or not.