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Old 12-29-2018, 10:06 AM   #1
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It was a windy and blustery morning.

The morning of Christmas Eve was, by my standard, a windy, blustery day. I watched the palm trees out the window, looking towards the Pacific, and they were fully fanned and beginning to bend in submission to the wind.

The skies were clear, a great day is ahead of me. My wife blocked my calendar so I can take all the time I want. I've nothing to do except go for a nice ride. Christmas day is going to be a bit more active with weather, and I have other plans for it.

I wasn't really happy.

It was the wind, you see. Sometimes, on a motorcycle, I just don't like it. I'd sooner ride in rain, and have done so on plenty of occasions. But I'd planned the ride, and convinced myself to go.

I got just out of the village, and into the first canyon, and was getting blown all over. "Oh no!" I said to myself, in my helmet. But just about then, one of those other voices came about with my necessary attitude adjustment.

"My dear ,", it said... "there are people in Pennsylvania that would kill for this riding weather. You don't appreciate how nice it is."

That was it. My attitude changed 180deg and I had a great ride. There's nothing like cruising through Mexico's wine country. It was a great hour to clear the cobwebs from the brain, and let loose of stress from my work. It's so much fun to see a real cowboy on a horse. One that's not doing this for a stunt. It's his real life and real transportation. It's great to pass acres and acres of grapes, and see

I don't have any great pictures, and no other great stories. It's just a lesson to not take this great part of the continent for granted, and stop being a whiny baby. Don't we all need that advice sometime in our lives?

Go ride.
I hope your Holidays have been, and continue to be great. Let's make 2019 an awesome year!
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:15 AM   #2
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The morning of Christmas Eve was, by my standard, a windy, blustery day. I watched the palm trees out the window, looking towards the Pacific, and they were fully fanned and beginning to bend in submission to the wind.



The skies were clear, a great day is ahead of me. My wife blocked my calendar so I can take all the time I want. I've nothing to do except go for a nice ride. Christmas day is going to be a bit more active with weather, and I have other plans for it.



I wasn't really happy.



It was the wind, you see. Sometimes, on a motorcycle, I just don't like it. I'd sooner ride in rain, and have done so on plenty of occasions. But I'd planned the ride, and convinced myself to go.



I got just out of the village, and into the first canyon, and was getting blown all over. "Oh no!" I said to myself, in my helmet. But just about then, one of those other voices came about with my necessary attitude adjustment.



"My dear ,", it said... "there are people in Pennsylvania that would kill for this riding weather. You don't appreciate how nice it is."



That was it. My attitude changed 180deg and I had a great ride. There's nothing like cruising through Mexico's wine country. It was a great hour to clear the cobwebs from the brain, and let loose of stress from my work. It's so much fun to see a real cowboy on a horse. One that's not doing this for a stunt. It's his real life and real transportation. It's great to pass acres and acres of grapes, and see



I don't have any great pictures, and no other great stories. It's just a lesson to not take this great part of the continent for granted, and stop being a whiny baby. Don't we all need that advice sometime in our lives?



Go ride.

I hope your Holidays have been, and continue to be great. Let's make 2019 an awesome year!
Well said!

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Old 12-29-2018, 11:21 AM   #3
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Windy and cold, although just as unpredictable as wet weather riding, if the skies are clear and you have the gear, get out and ride! I was not really a fan of wet weather riding, mostly due to others on the road but again, having the right gear for it, it can be just as enjoyable as a fair weathered day.

TLDR: Get out and ride!
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