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It's 7 AM here in Calgary, dark, and 0C outside. High today forecast as +11; if it gets there, it will be the warmest day here in 2020!. As sad as that is, it is a + as the normal high for the next 2 weeks is about +8 with some negative double digit lows thrown in. Having the home stay blues and a serious case of PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) it seems like a day for a ride, any ride, even 20 km should rejuvenate me a bit. I will self-isolate, just on the bike, not at home. My age (84) puts me in a high risk category so I am really careful and follow all the guidelines. The temp is not great (I like warm) but I have really good gear and heated grips. We obviously have not had high temps so there is still a lot of snow around but enough sunny days so that my driveway and the main roads are bare and dry. A little gravel but that's OK. The CTX has sat in the garage since early October as the snow came early and stayed. Hope this afternoon works. I'll post the results of the day later and hopefully a pic of the bike.
 

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howdy there curler
my ctx sits during winter where i pass it to get in the car. when i tell it that we'll go for a ride soon, it purrs. i have been out a couple times this spring when the temp. was above freezing and the road was clear and more importantly where i live, when the exit from the apt. was clear enough to get out. so, i do experience the urge but there is this year another concern. usually the first few rides in the spring result in a cold descending into bronchitis for me. this year that is of significent concern not just from the illness but from the worry that it might be something more. i'll be waiting for temps to get up nearer to 60 degrees fahrenheit. i'm just a little boy baby having been born in the "40's but i'd kinda like to have a couple more years in long pants so am takin'' it easy this year.
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Done!. It did get to 11C but overcast and a cold breeze made my 50 km run not all that pleasant but it was still an itch that needed to be scratched.. It's been nearly 6 months since I've had the bike out and it felt like I've never been away. Some hope for these old bones still. This bike is so easy to ride; given my age it is probably the last bike of the many I've had; - I made a good choice. I'm going to try and add a pic. Have not done that here before and I am technically challenged so not sure it will work. So much for that. I have no idea how to do it. I'll submit this and try and figure it out later or if someone can help me I would appreciate it.
 

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I wanted to get out today but we had a lot of rain so waited till the pm. Sunny and warm, but just as I eas about to leave the sky opened up and we had a duzzy of a storm including hail. Guess I will have to wait, rain in the forcast. I had it out a couple of weeks ago for a test ride. When I replaced my tires this winter I though I would try the beads for balancing. Worked great, smooth as silk.
 

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Hi Curler; We've had robins here for a while, but I'm waiting for the main sign of Spring: the return of the street sweepers. ONce they are out for a week or so, I feel better getting my bike out. For now, its still in the shed.

still hoping to make a trip out to the west coast possibly in September; will look you up if I do.
 

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Quite out of the context of my original thread but a bit of a story and it helps pass the time while staying at home. Last June I took that bike on a 4 day trip to Montana which I really enjoyed. The route is shown here.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/5331+Thornbriar+Rd+NW,+Calgary,+AB+T2K+2X7/St+Mary,+MT,+USA/Choteau,+MT,+USA/Helena,+MT,+USA/Lewis+and+Clark+Caverns+Campground,+Whitehall,+MT,+USA/White+Sulphur+Springs,+MT,+USA/Neihart,+MT,+USA/Great+Falls,+MT,+USA/Coutts,+AB/5331+Thornbriar+Rd+NW,+Calgary,+AB+T2K+2X7/@48.434581,-114.6084179,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m62!4m61!1m5!1m1!1s0x53716598092d024f:0xbcdbbecd96a02da3!2m2!1d-114.065485!2d51.0982994!1m5!1m1!1s0x5368b82e593730e5:0x6a0435f0e8ece02d!2m2!1d-113.4295461!2d48.7438663!1m5!1m1!1s0x53428194bf213c65:0xb2dd5ca9a3382b06!2m2!1d-112.1836301!2d47.8124531!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343510fedc7db4d:0x214c1d71e3fdf714!2m2!1d-112.0391057!2d46.5891452!1m5!1m1!1s0x535adcf122fe9b7f:0x6d77a03b17afa0fa!2m2!1d-111.8558022!2d45.8233217!1m5!1m1!1s0x5344642fe37b0125:0x7eabcc7bb5637961!2m2!1d-110.9021561!2d46.548277!1m5!1m1!1s0x5343f1aad9ecdaab:0x4ae581f1fb9845dc!2m2!1d-110.7357707!2d46.9332955!1m5!1m1!1s0x5342378d658cb83b:0xd6de56b18e5945a8!2m2!1d-111.3007715!2d47.5052849!1m5!1m1!1s0x536be24b543c37d1:0x5a75abd167810bdf!2m2!1d-111.9648659!2d49.0022793!1m5!1m1!1s0x53716598092d024f:0xbcdbbecd96a02da3!2m2!1d-114.065485!2d51.0982994!3e0
In July I had my right knee replaced which put a major dent in last summers riding and most other activities. With some dedicated rehab I recovered well enough to curl 3 times a week all winter and with the rest of the body in decent shape I hoped to make up riding this summer for what I missed last year. Not sure how many more years of doing this are going to work for me. Originally considered another similar trip to Montana but had decided to do a favorite trip which is S.E. B.C. - Creston , Nelson, Salmo, Nakusp, etc. Many people here have no doubt traveled this area. Mountains, lakes, rivers, nice roads; whats not to like and no nasty exchange rate. I like to go in June before the summer holiday traffic even tho' there is the likely hood of snow/cold on some of the high passes. With the virus thing going on, have to wait for what the future brings.

That's another half hour ( I type slow) out of the day!
 

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Nice looking bike, Curler. I have to tip my hat to you with the touring.:laugh: My overnight gear list is too long, with cpap machine, etc. :D I had my right hip replaced three years ago, which allowed me to resume riding. I was scheduled for a knee replacement this spring, which has been put on hold for now. I'll be 79 in a couple of months.

I've gotten my bike out of winter storage and gotten a couple of rides in so far this Spring. Got out today for a while. Good luck with your touring plans this summer, and stay safe up there.:)
 
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I saw NY and I thought 'ohoh' but I think it is only NY City that has some really serious virus issues, although you can be at risk just about anywhere. Stay safe. Don't know how your health care system works but here the aging population has stressed out the system. I was in the queue for 13 months for my knee replacement. Could have got it done in a couple of months in Kalispell Montana for $40,000 C$; passed on that. Everything free here including post-op home care. I am a widow living alone in my own home so the home care was critical. My 2 children (are they still children when they are over 50?) live in the city so of course they were a big help. Operation 10 AM Monday, home Tuesday afternoon. Incredible. If/when you get yours done, DO the exercise program they give you. Can't stress enough ow important that is.
In a lighter note thought I would include a picture of 2 bikes I had for a few years. A 2009 C50T and a 1998 BMW R1200C. The 1200C was a bit under powered but a real head turner.
 

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It's 7 AM here in Calgary, dark, and 0C outside. High today forecast as +11; if it gets there, it will be the warmest day here in 2020!. As sad as that is, it is a + as the normal high for the next 2 weeks is about +8 with some negative double digit lows thrown in. Having the home stay blues and a serious case of PMS (parked motorcycle syndrome) it seems like a day for a ride, any ride, even 20 km should rejuvenate me a bit. I will self-isolate, just on the bike, not at home. My age (84) puts me in a high risk category so I am really careful and follow all the guidelines. The temp is not great (I like warm) but I have really good gear and heated grips. We obviously have not had high temps so there is still a lot of snow around but enough sunny days so that my driveway and the main roads are bare and dry. A little gravel but that's OK. The CTX has sat in the garage since early October as the snow came early and stayed. Hope this afternoon works. I'll post the results of the day later and hopefully a pic of the bike.
We still have snow here in Wyoming....not quite as much as you in Canada....enjoy the ride
 

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howdy, my sign-of-spring is droves of motorcycles darting from stop light to stop light and briefly stopping to feed and off to the next light. since i've been self quarantining sine returning from a princess cruise down-under, i have not noticed such but intend to get out some today after the last three nights of fresh snow on the roofs but not sticking to the road.

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93 here in Florida Monday and Tuesday. Crazy. Went down to mid 70's yesterday and today. Got out before I get pulled over on new FL lock down tomorrow. Don't think riding (motorcycles) comes under allowed recreation.


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93 here in Florida Monday and Tuesday. Crazy. Went down to mid 70's yesterday and today. Got out before I get pulled over on new FL lock down tomorrow. Don't think riding (motorcycles) comes under allowed recreation.


Liquor stores do!
Seen elsewhere on this forum today that "biking" is allowed here in Paradise apparently. We are all "bikers" here (& I include my 3 wheeler as well!), ergo, bike away, Mike, bike away!!
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Seen elsewhere on this forum today that "biking" is allowed here in Paradise apparently. We are all "bikers" here (& I include my 3 wheeler as well!), ergo, bike away, Mike, bike away!!
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/QUOTELight snow and -7C this morning. Maybe I'll wait a few days to get the bike out. Better than yesterday morning tho; there was 4" of snow to shovel and the driveway is getting longer an steeper every year. My daughter is a geologist and I am blaming geology but I don't think she is buying it. My age may have something to do with it. Seems like this crap is never going to end but there may be some hope. Friday is supposed to be 12C which is the normal high for this time of year. Also on the plus side, and because of my age, I was tested for covid yesterday with a negative result. Good! Will continue being dedicated to the rules of conduct and hopefully get through this OK and get some bike time time in later on. Hope everyone is well. Also hope next post is green grass and short sleeves.

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93 here in Florida Monday and Tuesday. Crazy. Went down to mid 70's yesterday and today. Got out before I get pulled over on new FL lock down tomorrow. Don't think riding (motorcycles) comes under allowed recreation.


Liquor stores do!
It‘s OK, say you are going to church for essential business.
 
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