Sunday, December 14, 2008

Winter Chores Vs. Riding Time

After seeing the ice storms on the East Coast, I almost feel sorry for them folks. Dealing with that type of weather can really cut into your riding time. Shoveling snow, scraping ice off your bike, getting studded snow tires put on your bike. That all takes up valuable riding time. Well here in Calif. we have winter issues also. Take yesterday. While mowing the lawn I thought "damn, this is taking a long time". It was because of all the leaves. Usually I have to empty the grass catcher 2 or 3 times. With the leaves I have to empty it 8 or 9 times. That's wasted riding time.

Notice that the bikes are still in the garage? That's just not right! It' s all because of them leaves taking up time.
That's a lot of work hauling all them leaves to the yard waste container. It burns up riding time.

And do you see all the leaves left in the trees? Those things will be dropping for the next 2 to 3 months. That will really start to cut into time that could be better spent riding. Boy, are you folks on the East Coast lucky you don't have to deal with the rotten weather we have here.

All kidding aside, I hope all of you on the East Coast are safe. When I lived there I worked for the High-Way Dept. So being out in ice storms was our job. That stuff was deadly. Be safe.


Ann said...

We don't have the leaf problem here in's desert! Yeah, I feel bad for those folks back east, too. Scraping ice sucks.

Webster World said...

Damn what a bummer. Smart a**.

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Oh you Big Cry Baby...ZIP IT! lol This time of year I always scratch my head and think...why in God's name do I live in Iowa? Tell me please!!! lol

You better get out there and ride and share often so that I can live vicariously through you West Coastians!


mrs rc (back east) said...

You'd get finished faster if you didn't keep stopping to take photos.... LOL

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Willy D.,
You be careful Bro! Those leaf storms are dangerous!

Mr. Motorcycle said...

P.S. Might poke yer eye out!

Dean "D-Day" said...

Man I hate people from California and Florida. When the subject turns to weather, they can get so cocky.

Someone remind me not to feel bad the next time there's an earthquake or wild fire. :)

fasthair said...

Dr. W: I see your problem. You are supposed to hire a kid for few bucks to do that job freeing up valuable riding time.

I got to ride Saturday, it was a toasty 50f here. Of course today it is a frosty 2f right now. UGH!!!


FLHX_Dave said...

I hear what yah are saying here! I was wondering where you were. You were out cheating with that lawn mower.

Dude! I had to ride in temps that were almost as low as 60! Horrible!

Willy D said...

ANN: Everyplace has something bad. Riden through any open-air sandblasters lately?

Webster: Sorry, couldn't resist ;}

IowaHarleyGirl: When the snow melts and the temps rise you'll remember why you live there. Great country to ride in.

mrs rc: I didn't stop. My cat took the photos.

Mr.M: Got caught in a leaf storm once. Had to make a leaf igloo and wait it out for three days;)

"D-DAY": You got a point on the earthquakes, they can suck.

fasthair: Kinda hard finding a kid willing to work any more. Know what I mean.

Dave: Me and her have a standing date every two weeks.

Lady Ridesalot said...

We chose riding over chores this past Sunday ourselves. I put down the tree ornaments and said, "this sh*t can wait." We took off with 55 degree temps and cloud cover, but had a nice couple hours on the road. I thought about all our northern and midwestern friends and felt for them. I enjoyed my little ride and am glad we were able to do it.

BTW... we don't need to rake here. We have magic leaves. They all mysteriously migrate right to the swimming pool! Ughh!

Willy D said...

Lady R: LOL at the "magic leaves".

Little rides are better than no rides.

TRT said...

Well, mrs rc beat me to my punch line so I got nothin...except it is 50-60 degrees here tomorrow, the road beckons.