Archive for January, 2006

Sunday Ride, Monday Slide

Monday, January 16th, 2006

16 January, 2006 32 degrees F
Yesterday was my mother’s birthday. Being a good son, I rode over to visit her and Dad at their place in North Saint Paul. The sun was out with a vengeance, and it was a balmy 38 degrees when the Baron and I launched out of the driveway.
Huh… January in […]

Friday the 13th

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

Friday the 13th of January, 2006 Sunny and 30-some degrees F
I’m not a superstitious man. When a Friday occurs on the 13th day of the month, I don’t panic and assume that something bad is going to happen. But I do ride with extra vigilance, because I realize that some other folks out there are distracted […]

Rust Never Sleeps

Thursday, January 12th, 2006

12 January, 2006 29 degrees F
Am I being sucked into an ambush? This was my thought as I rode, yet again, out onto the unseasonably dry roads for my daily commute. This is too easy! Here I was braced for a challenge, and old man winter seems to have taken a vacation elsewhere. It’s just not […]

Repercussions and Routine

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

10 January, 2006 20 degrees F
It certainly felt colder than 20 degrees this morning. I noticed that there was frost on all the car windshields, and that same frost clung to the road in spots. These are perfect black-ice conditions. I would have to be extra cautious on the way to work. I would have no […]

Out of The Well

Saturday, January 7th, 2006

06 January, 2006 Temperature: 35 degrees F
Sometimes it’s hard to be a rugged individualist. When conditions conspire to present no challenge, how does one triumph over adversity? For the past week we have had grey skies, no snow, dry roads, and I’ve been riding a scooter that just keeps going and going like that long-eared critter […]

Haze Grey Days

Wednesday, January 4th, 2006

04 January, 2006 Temperature: 32 degrees F
It is January in Minnesota, and the sun has gone into hiding. The temperatures lately have been hovering around the freezing mark, and the hazy grey skies are bringing everyone’s spirits down after the highs of the holidays. Even the joy I find in riding a scooter when everyone else […]

2006 I-Cycle Derby

Monday, January 2nd, 2006

01 January, 2006 Temperature: 30-some degrees F
As far back as I can remember, the first official AMA event of the season is always the I-Cycle Derby, and it is always held here in Minnesota by the Traveller’s Motorcycle Club on New Year’s Day.
I have competed in this event before on an NX-650 Honda dual-sport motorcycle. This […]