The 9th December was the last time I was out riding!.Itís now the 29th January, and 41 days without throwing a leg over a saddle was proving difficult to bear. I had been tempted to ride a few times recently as the snow had gone from the roads, but it has still been very cold. After watching the temperatures barely struggle above zero, I seized the opportunity as todays temperature was actually above zero!
The thermometer showing a heady +2C degrees and despite the snow flakes which had been drifting in the wind all morning, I succumbed, and got ready to get out and ride. After checking the tyre pressures, and donning several warm layers, I finally set off for my first ride of 2010.
Once out of the garage the temperature had quickly dropped, the positive temperature of a few minutes earlier quickly dropping to zero, then to -0.5C, and finally to -1.0C, but bizarrely, it was at least 5 minutes or so later, before I remembered that I had heated seats and grips, and quickly switched them on. How do you forget something like that?
The further I rode, the heavier the snow started to get. I wasnít cold though, just concious of a strange set of feelings I was having being back in the saddle again. Initially the roads seemed ok and surfaces not too bad, but as I headed towards Gex they seemed to have less grip. Mini roundabouts were taken in speedway style with one leg out in case it started to slide, and I hadnít remembered the noise levels from the screen round my Arai GP helmet as being so loud. Stopping to take a photo or two, the pinlock visor insert sudenly stopped functioning and my world fogged up, requiring a visor up position to allow better vision, fortunately the tall screen kept most of the wind out of my eyes.
Check out what looks like mud on the fairing side, thatís driving snow!
Still plenty of snow in the fields!
Worried about the onset of a blizzard, and sensing that the roads were not going to give great grip, I decided to head for home. In all I rode a massive 24kms! Hardly worth getting togged up for you might think, but physcologically Iíve now managed to get that first ride of the year under the wheels, got the chance to write a few bits of prose, and post a couple of pics. Not very exciting, but reminds me why I have a bike.
Back at home, and now I've just got to clean it, as soon as the snow stops!