I went on what I think was the last group ride (for me) of the season yesterday. I say that because it is predicted to rain a lot this coming week, so I won’t be able to ride mid-week. This coming weekend, I’ll be so busy I won’t be able to ride. Then the week after that, I will have my hernia repaired, so I will not be able to ride for several weeks after that.
Today’s ride was rather “spirited” — meaning it was rather fast for what was supposed to be short, casual, non-highway ride. And there were a lot of us in the pack — some 21 bikes and 25 riders (that means four passengers). I was planning to have a passenger, too, with my friend LC, but he wasn’t feeling well and wasn’t able to join me. I am sorry that he couldn’t make it, but some of the turns and some of the riding was challenging to ride on my own, much less with a passenger.
So there I am, in full leather — started off with a t-shirt and leather shirt with my motorcross jacket, my leather riding pants, medium-weight leather gloves and while you can’t tell from this photo, I had on my 17″ Chippewa Hi-Shine boots. We stopped along the way for riders who got divided by a tough road crossing to catch up. While stopped, I took off the leather shirt, as the temperatures were climbing, and put my jacket back on with thinner Damascus leather gloves.
It was a fine, unexpectedly sunny, very pleasant day. The temps by mid-day were 75°F (24°C) — absolutely wonderful on a great autumn day.
While I was rather tired by the time the group pulled into a parking lot at the destination late lunch stop, I was jazzed because we all had a good time, including me. What a great end to my riding season.
Life is short: RIDE!