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the "COUNTDOWN"....

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till spring riding, for us Northerners at least. I dunno, following this offers a timeline and I think stirs some excitement.....and personally, it kind of breaks the winter into sections...for me at least. Obviously, I'm itching with anticipation to ride! We'll (I'll) check these off as they pass. Whythehecknot. Comments and thoughts are always welcome. C'mon spring, dammit!

-Dec 21 Winter solstice....check
-Dec 25 Christmas....check
-Jan 1 New years ....check
-January 21 Martin Luther King birthday....check
-Jan 26-27 Rolex 24 at Daytona (opens the US racing season) ....check
-February 2 Ground Hog Day....check
-February 12 Lincoln birthday....check
-February 17 Daytona 500......check
-February 18 Washington birthday/Presidents Day.....check
-March 16 Daytona 200....check

Warmth just about to pop up here! Finally!
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Oh, the humanity! How could I forget such a monumental occasion? :rolleyes:

I'll add it in immediately 8)
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I consider the matter dropped

"OK campers, rise and shine!"

I break my winter into three phases, January, February, and March. :grin2:

Seriously, I do. Fortunately, the worst of the three comes first. I go into mild panic after New Year's Day, because it's the beginning of being plunged into a bitter cold, icy, windy, gray, fight for survival, especially if you work outdoors. There's also little in the way of good holidays or celebrations. It's as if life in general retreats into a cave. Wow, saying that out loud was cathartic.

Once February rolls around, there's more sunlight, more breaks from the routine, and there's at least the hope of spring on the distant horizon.

March begins with my birthday, and suddenly April's not so far away, when I get to look forward to moving from 30 degrees and snowing to 35 degrees and raining. Welcome to New England.

Through all of this, I'm thankful for my marginally heated garage. I do enjoy the annual ritual of watching ducatiman check off the winter milestones, on the countdown to spring. I'm thinking this coming riding season will begin with a motorcycle trip to Long Island.
Riding around through NYC or taking the New London-Orient Point ferry? The ferry trip is nice, cuts out a ton of traffic and you're fresh when you land. Though I'm not sure the cost these days...bikes DO receive priority and get "waved on" (ahead of cars lined up) as they have certain bike only, safe specific areas.

Reminders of whats to come ...the unpredictable snow right into April, merciless cold and wind....brrrr.

So far, minimal snow this season. Never mind, I'm in denial of the inevitable onslaught.
Daytona 500 today broadcast nationwide on Fox TV

Hey, watching NASCAR racing is better than watching NO racing here in the still cold, unrideable (at least for me) Northeast.

But we're getting closer, approaching spring turnaround!
55? I'm jealous. We'll be playing "dodge the pothole" here once season hits.

Pothole season around here never goes away, which makes you appreciate a bike with a suspension that really works.
Looking way ahead in my path, I appreciate a bike with stable precise steering, using anything/everything in my power to AVOIDING the damn things in the first place. Changing line wherever needed.

You get to a point where you 'learn" the ever changing, year by year pothole landscape, both active and repaired, around your area. I know I have.

Must be awake and AWARE!
^ how dare you......:wink2:
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A few areas around me have pothole clusters, some really deep. Scary stuff indeed.
ready to go, GG.
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