Saturday, November 15, 2008

Done and done.

Well, I guess that's the "official" end of the 2008 riding season. Jerry's put up his bike and I plan to wash mine and prepare it for the winter season. A good wash, empty the saddle bags and store all my gear until Spring. It's always a bit of a sad feeling to see the end of the season come.

Today we took a drive (in the rain) to Brentwood (no, not the tony home of celebrity killers), NH near Exeter for lunch. We loaded up on pork BBQ and enjoyed a cold beer. Between the midday beer, full belly and raging daylong headache I took a power nap before emerging for the evening hours.

The leaves are almost fully down and tomorrow will be a day filled with manual labor. The week's rains will cease, following tornado warnings tonight, and the weekend will eventually turn sunny and cooler.

There are a number of fun activities coming up, to make the off-season a bit more fun. We're 40 days from Christmas and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We've got a Stinky Cheese party that falls on the evening of the Nashua Holiday Stroll. J&M are hosting this annual soiree at their exquisite residence, high above downtown.

The only thing we can do during the winter months is to find constructive ways to stay entertained until the warmer months arrive. To us, that means getting out with friends, finding cultural events and other things to keep our minds off the fact that we're not riding. I proposed a club name change to the Amherst Motorcycle and Snowmobile Club but I don't think it will fly.

I hope you are all well. I'm going to find a fun, social hobby to keep me active in the winter months. S is suggesting I join a gym. True, I have gained back all of the weight I lost last year and I do not like the way I feel. Maybe today was the last hurrah for pigging out.

I plan to get out and walk tomorrow and couple that with vigorous yard work. The day should be good enough that we can get a lot done and collapse exhausted at the end of the day, with sore muscles and a feeling of accomplishment. I'll light a fire and hunker down close with a glass of port and a good cigar.

Have a good weekend, a great holiday and I'll see some of you soon.

A low, slow wave,

Joe Rocket