Sunday, March 25, 2012

Glorious riding weekend! Spring IS here!

This weekend was spectacular!  Saturday I met up with Lucy's new riding partner and Kiwi_Deb, we rode out to Sidney and had coffee.  Kiwi_Deb had to buzz up island on an errand, so KisbeyD an I decided to continue to ride on.  It was a lovely day.  Spring is definitely here because everything two wheeled was out on the road.

 This is Lucy's new riding partner and she is completely in love with Lucy!  Yay! Scarlet, Lucy and Rascal had a playdate.  We are waiting for Kiwi_Deb and then we were off.

Today was a day meant for chores, but of course it was beautifully sunny and I could hear the siren song of the road singing to me.  I had already heard from my one partner in crime she was off to Jordan River for a nice ride, but I really needed to clean the house.  I also decided to let Motorcycle Man take Scarlet for a ride because Monster wasn't ready to go for her first trip of the riding season.  He surprised me though and came back with insurance for Monster.  Motorcycle Man announced we were going to ride over the Malahat.  This is a big deal for me because it is a big highway and the main artery on Vancouver Island.  This stretch of road is notorious at times due to centre line incursions resulting in head on accidents.  This highway is beautifully scenic on sunny days.  KisbyD joined us and this was a weekend of firsts for her, we travelled several roads this weekend and I think we put about 300km's on our bikes.  It was glorious riding to the top of the Malahat and taking in the breath taking vista.

    Looking up towards Sidney on Vancouver Island.
       Miss Scarlet I presume.....
      Lucy and Monster - Reunited again.....
  Motorcycle Man and KisbyD talking about the overdrive gear on the bikes.
     KisbyD and Me!

    Look at all the pretty bikes lined up in a row.

Of course as with anything we do when biking, we always stop and have a cup of the demon bean and a snack, and then it was off to home.  I love riding with Motorcycle Man, he is a good riding partner and it is just plain fun being out on the road with him.

14 comments:

Raftnn said...

You are going to have a great summer of riding, by the looks of it it has all ready started.

Trobairitz said...

I am glad that Spring has finally sprung for you.

We had nice sunshine while we were trapped in the car yesterday and of course it has been raining since noon today.

At least it is warmer and the snow has melted.

It is cool that Scarlet can frolic with Lucy. Me thinks Lucy's new owner liked to have riding buddies too.

bobskoot said...

Dar:

what a great day the 3 of you had, and a new riding buddy too. It was a great day over here but a bit chilly by the water.

Jordan River would have been a great ride too, maybe even go up to Port Renfrew.

bob
Riding the Wet Coast

Dar said...

Raftnn - it has been a long time coming. I don't think are through with the ugly weather just yet. I am however going to be an optimist and think sunshine.

Trobairitz- it was a weekend of firsts for Lucy's new owner. We did about 250kms or more and went over the Malahat, for both of us it was the first time. Wow!

Bob - it was great ride today. It was a pretty exhilarating weekend. I think I would like to do the Renfrew loop at some point. So much riding so little time!

Richard Machida said...

Looks like you had a beautiful weekend and a great ride. 300K. Not a bad start to riding season.

Dar said...

Richard - I wish you could be riding too! Is there any sign of winter abating for you? It was a great riding weekend, we are back to rain now, but I don't mind too much, the sunny days make up for it.

Richard Machida said...

A few signs that winter is thinking about ending. Yesterday afternoon there was water dripping off of the roof....

VStar Lady said...

Fantastic photos and so terrific to have yet another riding friend. Am still envious ... weather turned back to winter here with colder than usual temps.

SonjaM said...

It was a great start of spring (finally), wasn't it?
What a gorgeous view... the bikes as well as towards Sidney.

Dar said...

Vstar lady - riding has been such a wonderful experience for me, I have made so many new friends. I hope spring starts for you soon. We are back to wind & rain again, but the temperature seems warmer.

Sonja - It was spectacular! It was a great weekend and it kind of makes up for all the crappy weather I ride in. So here's hoping spring gets springier and warmer!

Deb said...

Beautiful photos and it looks like you all had a wonderful day of it!

SPRING HAS SPRUNG! :=)

Would love to ride with you guys!

Dar said...

Deb - I would love to ride in your neck of the woods, it looks so beautiful. I am so excited about your new scoot! You will have to post lots of pictures!

David Masse said...

Dar, that is one beautiful bloomin' tree.

Great scenery, as usual. We are barely green here. Toronto is a little greener, the baby leaves are peeking through there.

Dar said...

David - I love that tree, it is my favorite tree in the entire city. It is the one thing I look forward to seeing in the spring. It is simply breathtaking. I also get to see it everyday on the way hope. It seems silly, but it lifts my spirits, particularly if it is a crappy rainy day.