22 December, 2005 Temperature: 21 to 39 degrees
The old café racer bared his fangs this morning, when I took the Baron out onto snow-free roads for the first time in weeks. Not totally ice-free, mind you, but close enough. I had ridden this very route last night, at twenty degrees, and I knew the road conditions well. We made good time, and had a great time doing it.
I slid through sandy corners on East River Road in the time-honored flat track style, one foot draggin’ the ground, and the bike sliding sideways in places. On a scooter, fer cryin’ out loud! This was Serious Fun.
Traffic was absent this morning. It was very early, and I’m sure lots of folks had burned up some vacation time to extend their Christmas holiday. We railed through the darkness in glorious solitude, and made it to work in less than an hour.
The workday was very casual. Those of us who actually showed up had little to do but plan for the weeks after the holiday season. Time dragged, but the sunshine and soaring temperatures raised my spirits as the day wore on. At lunch time, I grabbed a bucket of warm water and a brush, and went out in the parking lot to wash the Baron. This was his first bath in a month, and he really needed it. Dirty brown slush clung to all bottom surfaces and leading edges. I got rid of all that. We were going over to Baron Motorcycles HQ after work for a drive-belt change and a bit of a tune-up, so I wanted him to be presentable.
After work, I picked up a six-pack of holiday cheer for my Baron pit-crew. We arrived at the warehouse, and I played Santa Claus, while they put the Baron up on a stand for his 3,500 km checkup. Crew chief Lorne changed out the drive belt, cleaned the cooling vent, and went over all major systems while I watched and learned. Then it was time to go home.
I will be taking the holiday off from this blog, and spending some time with my family. This is long overdue. When I return on Tuesday, I will tell you about my Christmas scootering adventures. Happy Holidays, everybody!