Weather: Rain, all day long.
Well, I suppose April had to get here sooner or later. Today it arrived in force. A low pressure system, full of juice from the Gulf of Mexico, blew up here out of Texas, and looks like it is going to hang around for a couple of days. Today, we are getting our April showers, all day long.
Most people I talk to are stoic about it. We’ve had our fun in the sun, for the past week or so. The grass needs this, and so does the water table. People want to start planting their gardens, and I’m sure the farmers are hoping for a bit of rain.
But most people who ride motorbikes don’t want any part of this. Riding in the rain takes gear and skills that most recreational riders don’t care to acquire. So they leave their bikes home on days like this, and drive the cage instead.
I only saw one other rider out there today, and he was riding a blue, full-fairing, BMW R-something. It was either a -90 or 100, I couldn’t tell. But I know that beemer guys pride themselves on riding in all weather. I wonder if the mysterious red KLR guy was out there this morning…?
I wouldn’t know, because I’ve been taking the freeway in the mornings. But if I had to guess, I’d bet he was.
Yes, that’s right; the hated freeway. Why? Because the ride to work has that element of time-pressure attached to it. I have to be at my desk by a certain time, which means that I can’t ramble the way I like to do on the way home.
On the scooters, it is different, because I know that the freeway isn’t really a safe place to ride. The scooter route is a reliable sixty-minute cruise on parkways and sidestreets, both ways. So I plan for an hour, plus another twenty minutes if I want to stop for coffee.
But Frogwing does the freeways just about as well as he does the parkways, and it only takes us thirty minutes to get to work. That means thirty more minutes I can spend, sitting in my jammies, analysing the weather, traffic, and news on TV… or thirty more minutes of blissful semi-sleep, occasionally peeking at the alarm clock, should I need it. That can be a real blessing, on some days.
Today was really special because of a package I received from Aerostich yesterday. I am testing the Darien pants that go with the jacket I wore all through the winter. The timing couldn’t have been better. I already know that the Darien jacket repels all of the snow and rain I have encountered while wearing it.
Now I know that the pants perform just as well. Riding through both light rain and downpours, the water just beaded on these pants, and I never felt a bit of moisture on my legs. I found the kneepad armor a wee-bit uncomfortable, because it is mounted a bit lower than I need it to be. But Aerostich will fix that, as soon as I can get the pants back to them. I plan to ride up to Duluth to visit Andy and the gang as soon as my work schedule permits.
Now, my ride home from work tonight was wonderful. Yes, it was raining. But the gear I was wearing made that a non-factor. Whenever my visor became obscured by raindrops, I used my Vee-Wipe to clear it, just like a windshield washer. The knobby tires on Frogwing are almost as good in wet conditions as they are on dry pavement. The Aerostich Darien suit kept me warm and dry. In short, I was a Happy Rider.
This bodes well for the weekend. The forecast for our area is rain, rain, and more rain… clear through Monday. But the magic of weather radar allows me to see where the rain is falling, and where the nearest dry weather is. Maybe this weekend, I will make a dash through the downpour, punch through the rain barrier, and head out onto new, unexplored roads.
I have domestic duties to attend to on Saturday, but Sunday is my diem, should I choose to carpe it.
(Carpe diem = “seize the day” in Latin. Other than that, it’s all Greek to me.)