Hooray, today is the first day of Spring. I decided to wander around the yard this morning while it wasn't raining and take a few pictures of the signs of Spring that are emerging.
The Camellia Japonica (Magnoliaeflora)
Sambucus Black Lace
Magnolia Stellata Rosea Jane Platt (star magnolia)
Bridal Wreath Spirea
Daffodils (of course)
Muscari (Grape Hyacinth)
Here is one other sign of spring.....
That's right. Troubadour secretly put insurance on the America so that we could sneak out for a ride if weather permitted. With the TU sold, the Tiger at Eddy's getting her new rack and no insurance on the America we were down to just the Gladius. It was a nice surprise to take it out, as I didn't expect to until the Tiger comes home. He knew I didn't want an audience or a group ride for my first venture out on Max so he kept it on the down low. He's so good to me.
Luckily the sun decided to shine some yesterday and we got out for a quick ride. So far I am loving it. I did have to pull over about 2 block from the house so Troubadour could adjust the shift lever for me. I couldn't get my toe under it to shift up. That fixed we headed out.
I did notice that the seat trys to slide you forward into the gas tank a bit. I fixed that by pushing back a little further on the seat and it was comfy. Round trip was probably under 20 miles but with no heated grips and the rains chasing us we were satisfied with a quick ride.
It was nice to stop for a few photos.
And then we remembered we had a self-timer on the camera
Luckily there was a metal pipe in the ground at the right height. Might have to invest in one of the gorilla tripods that SonjaM has been sporting.
Sure was nice to have power at the ready so I didn't have to shift down and get a run at the hills. Bike seems really easy to ride and stable in the corners. Looking forward to getting out and riding it again, hopefully when it is a few degrees warmer. I am such a cold weather wussie.
- Au Revoir
"Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~Thomas Blackburn, "An Easter Hymn".