Yup, it's true... sadly our summer here in Northern Newfoundland is off to an incredibly pathetic start, but yesterday things suddenly turned around, and we are now finally
coming into some decent riding weather! (did I mention that we had snow
just a week ago?... not joking!) Well, when I got out on the Honda yesterday it was downright hot/humid, at least for this part of the world. (31C, or 88F, with a humidex value of 36C, or 97F) Other years we are out riding by mid-May, but this year we were still getting serious snow right through May and most of June! On May 24th we received almost three feet of the white stuff in just one night, and as I said, we even had snow coming down just last week. Yikes!
I had been following the daily weather forecast very closely, as I have been itching
to get back to riding for the first time since last September, and yesterday, when I saw that they were calling for lots of heat and sunshine for a change, I got up early and worked away at getting both of our bikes (2014 Honda CB500FA and 2014 V-Star Custom) ready for the season. Due to our inability to find anyone
willing to make some serious bucks to build us a much-needed new 20'x30' shed for our toys last year, both bikes have hibernated in our back porch all winter... and as this is actually our laundry room, the Missus was particularly anxious to get our wheels back outdoors where they belong, rather than crowding her ironing board!
Both bikes were put away fairly dirty last fall, so I had my work cut out for me. I first wheeled the Honda out through our narrow back door, (no easy feat) put her up on the paddock stands, cleaned and lubed the chain, washed her up, then a wax job and air in the tires, and that was that. The V-Star Custom, on the other hand, was pretty near impossible
to shoehorn through that narrow back door, (even had to remove the highway bars last fall to get it inside) so I had to use a few zap straps to fold the foot pegs up, turned the mirrors inward, and then proceeded to force the 37"- wide bike through our 30"- wide door frame. (I believe I may have cursed a bit at this point, but there is no video evidence of this) Anyway, long story short, the Missus has her laundry room back, and both bikes are now parked on the deck, looking every bit as clean and shiny and absolutely flawless as the day they were purchased, so I have my happy-face on again... finally! Suffice it to say that I had such an awesome ride yesterday around this little island paradise that we're so fortunate to call home, and although my ever-ailing spine always forces me to keep my rides rather short, I was thrilled
to be back on two wheels. That was yesterday, and as today's weather was a carbon copy of yesterday's, I took the V-Star out for its
first round of the summer, and once again I was on cloud nine!
Wow, it was a very lengthy downtime... from September/2017 to July/2018... but now my wife and I will be out riding pretty much daily, sharing our incredibly scenic coastal roads with almost no other traffic to speak of, but instead with about 500 woodland caribou who believe that these roads were actually built for them
! Here's a few pics from last summer, but stay tuned for regular updates/photos/videos of our Fogo Island riding experience over the next few months!
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