There's nothing quite like a motorcycle ride on a nice summer day.
This weekend I went up to Duluth to take my mom out on a date for her birthday (May 29) and Mother's Day. I figured since I was going alone I'd save some gas money and ride my bike. I don't know if it was because it was my first significant ride of the year (150 miles one way) or if I had just forgotten how much I love riding, but it was SWEET!
When I left St. Cloud, the weather was perfect and 85 degrees. As I rolled down the rural county highways I was reminded of what it is that is so great about a motorcycle ride.
The sun and the wind. For the same reason people drive convertibles, there's nothing like feeling the sun on your body and the warm summer wind in your face.
The smells. Only in the open air will you experience the rich smell of fresh cut grass, the unmistakable aromas of Lilac and Goldenrod, the earthy waft of freshly fertilized farms or the pungent odor of road kill skunk in all its glory.
Time to think. Perhaps it's the fact that you have no one to talk to, but a weekend ride always provides quiet time for me to simply reflect on the beautiful scenery and forget about the hectic pace of my regular work week.
The beautiful scenery. Because I don't like being mowed down by semi trucks and tailgating tourists, I always choose a rural highway over the interstate to get where I need to go. Part of my whole philosophy of a bike ride is to take my time and relax, so roads such as these are common fare.
So yeah, it was a nice ride and a great visit with the family. Dinner with mom, time with my brother and an somewhat uncomfortable night watching Wedding Crashers with my parents on DVD. Umm, let's face it - some movies are just not meant to be shared with your folks.
Here's a picture of the three of us before I headed back home. Notice at the beginning I said the temperature in St. Cloud was 85 degrees. Here it was 62, hence the sweatshirts and jackets. It's a Duluth thing. Fortunately it warms right back up about 30 miles out of town.
Oh, and in case you were wondering - my mom and I had a fantastic time on our dinner date!