When I woke up this morning I knew I was needing a different kind of day. After the stresses of the past week or so I figured it was about time to get myself un-Jeeped for awhile & get myself re-Biked again. Been awhile since I'd been out for a ride on the big Honda Shadow & knew if I left it any longer I was going to have to put the training wheels back on again. So, with that thought in mind, I saddled up the bike, grabbed my leg, threw it over the seat, hit the starter, & with a few sputters & pops lurched my way out the driveway & off down the road into the beautiful rural farmlands of southwestern Ontario.
A BIG SUNDAY MORNING SKY
Corn is about 5 feet high & the wheat is nearly ready to be cut. Acres upon acres of soybeans looked healthy as I cruised through the dog days of summer stopping for a picture here & a picture there. Had my Canon point & shoot with me because it's much easier to handle on the motorcycle. How relaxing to feel the wind on my face again & how nice to be surrounded by the peace & tranquility only Mother Nature knows how to deliver. Nobody around for miles & miles, just me & the bike & I could feel the stresses dropping by the roadside as I thoroughly enjoyed a long slow leisurely overdue 4 hour back roads ride:))
Early afternoon saw me home again for my 2 o'clock coffee & a short doze in my recliner. Well, the short doze turned out to be a bit longer & I guess that's because I had got up this morning shortly before 4. Don't know why I am an early riser but I just am. My little nap boosted my tolerance levels so thought I'd try putting the soft top on the Jeep down. Things went better than expected & it wasn't long before I had Checkers loaded up in the passenger seat for a short ride over to see 'Mom' at Deer Park Lodge. I picked Checkers for the ride because she is the most relaxed one of the bunch in a vehicle. She sat right up in the seat looking all around & I could tell she was very happy with the wind blowing in her face & through her fur. Kelly took a few pics of us at Deer Park & then it was back home. Just wanted to make this first ride for Checkers a short one to get her Jeepsterized in a favorable way.
While at Deer Park I had noticed what appeared to be a dark storm front across the lake so after dropping Checkers off at home I grabbed the camera's & headed the short 3 minute drive back over to the lake. Sky didn't look as threatening when I got there but I was able to crack off a few pics anyway. I love to photograph storms because the sky takes on a whole moody & foreboding personality of it's own. The trick is to be in the right place at the right time to catch the storm. No easy feat!!
Kelly has a preference for the soft top now but after Friday night I am definitely a supporter of the more secure & hassle free hard top. It took Pete nearly 40 minutes to figure out the sequence of procedures to get that top on & logically troubleshoot any part of the sequence he didn't understand. I just don't have that kind of patience anymore. I do understand the more one does something the better they will become at it & if we only had the soft top to work with I suppose I would just simply have to come to terms with that & deal with it. But, the hard top gives me a very logical alternative to all the added stress of having to deal with the trials & tribulations the soft top brings with it. Now, if only I can convince the other half of the more logical solution:(( Y'know, some days my recliner is my best option.
I particularly liked Mike's description about the American southwest in his blog today........ HOMER & LUCILLE.
And here's 24 Signs Showing You Might Be Canadian
1. You're not offended by the term "HOMO MILK".
2. You understand the phrase "Could you pass me a serviette, I just dropped my poutine, on the chesterfield."
3. You eat chocolate bars, not candy bars.
4. You drink Pop, not Soda.
5. You know that a Mickey and 24's mean, "party at the camp, eh!!!"
6. You don't care about the fuss with Cuba. It's a cheap place to go for your holidays, with good cigars.
7. You know that a pike is a type of fish, not part of a highway.
8. You drive on a highway, not a freeway.
9. You have Canadian Tire money in your kitchen drawers.
10. You know that Casey and Finnegan were not part of a Celtic musical group.
11. You get excited whenever an American television show mentions Canada.
12. You brag to Americans that; Shania Twain, Jim Carrey, Celine Dion & Mike Myers are Canadians.
13. You know that the C.E.O. of American Airlines is a Canadian!
14. You know what a toque is.
15. You design your Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit.
16. You know that the last letter of the English alphabet is always pronounced "Zed".
17. Your local newspaper covers the national news on 2 pages, but requires 6 pages for hockey.
18. You know that the four seasons mean: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road work.
19. You know that when it's 25 degrees outside, it's a warm day.
20. You understand the Labatt Blue commercials.
21. You know how to pronounce and spell "Saskatchewan".
22. You perk up when you hear the theme song from 'Hockey Night in Canada'.
23. You are in grade 12, not the 12th grade.
24. "Eh?" is a very important part of your vocabulary, and is more polite than, "Huh?"
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