The First Ride

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  • Gizmo
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    The First Ride

    The calendar says it is spring and today it made it to 42 degrees. Hooray! I call that progress even though it sure looks like winter out there. It was the first day of 2018 when I dared take the Wing down my driveway. A quick, joyous 100 miler ensued over clear roads as the snowy fields of western North Dakota showed the first signs of a spring thaw. Tomorrow, however, will be a day to tinker with the Wing as another winter storm is imminent.

    At this time last year I had ridden 2000 winter miles including rides to the Black Hills, Wyoming and Montana. Very unusual, that was. The northern plains is so unpredictable this time of year so you have to take advantage when you can; like today.

    Riding a motorcycle on a mild day when the land is covered with snow is an exhilarating experience. How can 40 degrees in March be so much warmer than 40 degrees in June? Maybe it is because I’m the only rider out there. Somebody has to be first, I reckon. A surge of pride flows through me when I meet other motorists who give me a wave of surprise and respect. They
    realize that I am surely a sign of impending spring. First it is the lone biker, soon to be followed by geese vectoring northward and crocuses showing off before the last snow drifts have melted.

    The Wing always impresses me when I take that first ride of the year. I had forgotten how smooth and powerful a machine it is and how effortlessly it bends through the curves. More than anything, however, I realize how much I love riding and the end of winter.


    • Cruiseman
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      Excited to read more of you blog posts.

    • clayusmcret
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      Small victories; those are the rides that really mean the most. I heartily agree IRT your 42 degree comment. Right?! 42 in summer is miserable; no way to enjoy it! While 42 in winter on a mild day can be heaven sent. Good luck on coming days and great dispatch from the northern plains!
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