Saturday dawned overcast and with a chill in the air. We needed to take Lucy down to the Triumph shop in Eugene so our plan was to ride to coffee for a while and then head out from there.
A check of the outdoor thermometer revealed it was a balmy 36˚F outside. With that kind of temperature I decided on the following for cool weather riding: thick knee-high motocross socks, new Sidi Livia Rain boots, yoga pants, Rev'it Sand pants with rain and quilted thermal liners, long sleeved turtleneck, t-shirt, Rev'it Siren jacket with Tour Master heated jacket liner and rain liner, Columbia polar buff around the neck, and Fildsheer Aqua Sport winter gloves.
I felt a little bulky with all of the gear on so I stepped on the scale. Without helmet and gloves, I was wearing over 16 lbs of gear. Yep, it was still winter.
We rode to coffee with no problems. It wasn't raining and only a little road spray was coming off the tires of the other vehicles.
I had the usual at Coffee Culture:
|(The usual - a double tall vanilla soy latte and a lemon poppyseed scone)|
We visited for a few hours and geared up to leave. It was sunny on and off with periods of sprinkles coming down. Nothing too serious. We'd talked outside the coffee shop before heading out so my fingers were a little chilly before putting my gloves on. The heated jacket liner was on low and I alternated my grips between low and high depending on the hot spots.
We stopped in Cheshire for a quick use of the facilities (darn that coffee) and I warmed my hands a bit on Lucy's muffler guard.
Back on the bikes we headed south again looking at a big black cloud in the sky. It wasn't just rain on the way, it was hail. A lot of hail. Not for very long, just a few quick bursts. I remember laughing in my helmet though since I'd never ridden in hail before. Before long it was sunny again.
We stopped at the shop to drop Lucy off. Poor Max was surrounded by Triumphs. Not that that is a bad thing.
|(Which one of these is not like the others......)|
Like Troubadour mentioned, we took off on Max two-up. It was the first time we'd been two-up on Max and it wasn't so bad. The pillion seat is angled a little to the rear though so I had to be careful not to slide off. Well, that and the passenger pegs were quite high so I had a hard time finding them at first.
The first stop was the Cornbread Cafe. Nothing like a little vegan comfort food on a weird weather day. We had the specials - Reubens. Vegan of course as everything in the restaurant is. They were good, but they were no Eugenewich.
|(Yummy vegan Reuben from the Cornbread Cafe in Eugene, OR)|
From the Cornbread we headed to Discount Motorcycle Parts to see what kind of treasures we could find. I picked up some earplugs for Meg as she has been having trouble finding small ones and I think the ones like I use would be a good fit. When you have small ears it is hard to find earplugs that fit. We also found a cooling vest for Troubadour on clearance and I picked up a pair of Bobber sunglasses. They are 100% UV protective. I already had a pair with yellow lenses for cloudy days and like the fit.
We managed to stuff our jacket pockets like squirrels squiring away nuts for winter. Troubadour even managed to stuff the vest down his jacket to transport it back to Lucy. Sadly Max is lacking in luggage. That will be remedied before our first overnight trip this year.
We arrived back at the shop. Lucy was still down in the mechanics workshop so Max as parked by himself on the street.
We visited for a bit and then decided the big black rain clouds coming in from the coast were heading our way and we should probably head home. It was sprinkling when we left. On the way home we experienced light rain, hail, heavy rain and sunshine.
Poor Max was pretty dirty by the time we got home but he came by it honestly.
Troubadour pointed out the back of my jacket was even a little mud splattered. I didn't mind. I was completely dry and warm. It was a great day..
- Au Revoir
"I am sure it is a great mistake to always know enough to go in when it rains. One may keep snug and dry with such knowledge, but one misses a world of loveliness." - Adeline Knapp