Women Riders

Ugh! Winter!

Written by  February 28, 2015

It is the middle of February and here in the northeast, we have been getting snow about once a week with the most recent snowfalls coming more frequently. We have also been experiencing sub-zero wind chills. February used to be the split personality month. Snow one week, balmy 60-degree temperatures the next and back again. This would happen well into March with no idea how to dress for a day.

Biker friends are going antsy, wishing they could ride at least once this month. They’re wearing their boots to shovel snow instead of ride. They’re perusing bike parts sites and dreaming of how they can customize their motorcycles in time for spring. They’re also cussing…a lot.

While those of us in the north are lamenting the cold and counting down the days until the first day of spring, friends in the south are posting happy pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram of themselves riding and having fun. I’m sure if one of us could afford a flight down to those warmer climes, there would be no hesitation in smacking those happy riders over the head with a fur lined Land’s End boot, as the first thing to do upon landing.

As for me, I am making mental notes of all the places I want to go once I can tolerate the wind in my face. Facebook has a lot of groups and pages about abandoned places, photographic places and historic landmarks, and my list is getting lengthy. This is the best time to plan tentative trips, whether local or long distance. If you haven’t done so already, check Facebook for historical pages or groups in your own state or nearby. Jot down what interests you and maybe research those places.

This down time is also a good time to take stock of what you have and what you might need. If you’re expecting a tax refund, why not treat yourself to a new helmet or those boots you keep saying you’ll get “someday.” Take advantage of those slow days at the local bike shop and check out the new spring lines.

Three little words have been uttered more times this year than any other: “I hate winter.” But unless you live in the arctic, have no fear. It’s temporary, and before you know it, daffodils and forsythia will be announcing that it’s time to hit the road. At least I sure hope so! I have a lot of places to get to!