TALLADEGA SCENIC HIGHWAY ON MT. CHEAHA ~ ALABAMA ~ photo taken by Dianna Stover
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING

Dear Diary... a glimpse into the pages of a journal written my a woman rider.

March 20, 2009
Dear Diary,
Today is officially the first day of Spring and Mother Nature did not disappoint us! The sky was a beautiful shade of azure blue and the sun was shining bright and warm. I was feeling especially excited today, as I went to the closet to grab my riding gear. My leathers have served me well during our chilly winter rides, but I pushed them aside, so I could grab my spring riding jacket instead. I just smiled to myself and thought... not today!

Hitting the streets on the Glide was more rewarding than usual. My senses were assaulted with the sweet smell and vibrant color as I took in all the new Spring growth covering the various landscapes. The ivory flaked Bradford Pears and popping pinks of Crepe Myrtles and Red Buds provided an abundant backdrop to the pinks, reds, and whites of the blooming Azaleas, a southern favorite.


H also celebrated this beautiful first day of Spring in proper fashion by riding his bike to work. After several nights of painstakingly washing and waxing every inch of his Street Glide, he was ready to take her out. I should take the cue from him and do the same thing to my Glide, but I'd rather ride it, than wash it. He got off work early to go to his back cracker, so I decided to meet him out at his Dr.'s office so we could ride together for a bit before the day got too far gone.

Feeling the absence of the leather jacket for a change was invigorating as the warm Spring air drifted through the mesh fabric of my spring riding jacket. I must have had a big smile on my face, because I notice several folks smiling back. I was definitely feeling revived and energized and was looking forward to a nice long ride to flush away all the wintry cobwebs.

Tomorrow, we plan to get up and start our day early so we can go up and visit A and take in some Spring scenery. Riding around close to the Talladega National Forest always proves to be a very rewarding ride and I am so looking forward to it. I'll be back to let you know how it was. Until then...


Me

9 comments:

Baron's Life said...

Boy oh Boy...You sure can write a word or two.. Totally enjoyable and refreshing...Just like Spring is.
Enjoy the ride today and have fun you two

Ann said...

Great post! I can remember feeling like that when we lived in Mass and spring had finally sprung.

Ride safe!

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

Hope you and Harley had an amazing ride!

Dean "D-Day" said...

Beautiful piece of Diary writing as usual. Looking forward to more of this.

"Joker" said...

I'll be in the leathers for a while yet, but that's ok. Just to be able to ride again, even if it does take longer to warm up around here than down there, will do for me. My trip to AZ broke my long winter separation from riding. Now it's finally time to get back out here at home. Viva Springtime!

B.B. said...

Great post! Spring is my favorite season, always has been.

Willy D said...

The colors of spring are the best. I’m like you, forget the wash & wax. I’m riding! I did wipe it down last week. “Only” because of the rear tire being changed. :}

chessie said...

sweet...

Lady Ridesalot said...

Baron... Our Saturday ride was nice and long! I'm lovin' Springtime!

Ann... It's just a nice refreshing feeling. I think it's because the colors are popping out to replace all the brown and green. Beautiful!

IHG... We did! I'll have to post about it soon. It was nice to be out, that's for sure and we saw several other riders.

Dean... It's not hard to write this way when the gifts of Spring are all around. Had a great weekend of riding, and I'm hoping your countdown in almost over. What is it... 8 days now?

Joker... I still wear my leathers some in the mornings. Tooling around town is not bad, but as soon as you go over 65, you'll still need your leathers. I'm glad for my saddle bags, I was able to change out jackets by lunchtime on our Saturday ride.

B.B... Mine too. Maybe because the old dead growth gets replaced with the new pretty colors of Spring. A feeling a revival comes over me watching all this take place. It also means better riding weather is here to stay! Woo Hoo!

Willy D... I will wash it, but only if it doesn't get in the way of me riding it. It needs a serious bath right now! She sure has taken on a nice dusty green appearance. LOL!

Chessie... Thank you. Sweet, is just the way it feels too!