Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Main Roads Dry, Still Trapped by Neighborhood Roads

So I drive my cage to work today, the temps were in the mid to upper 30s apparently and much snow melted. The roads had patches of ice but were mostly clear on the drive in but were really clear as I drove home this afternoon.

Of course, once I hit my neighborhood entrance, snow-choked/rutted/icy roads remain in effect. Not much melting in evidence dammit. I am glad now that I rescheduled the installation of the hitch for Friday which is apparently the fastest they can get their hands on the specific hitch for my cage. I get the feeling the seeminly disorganized folks at U-Haul never did order it in the first place back when I had the original install appointment!

So, the plan is to get the hitch installed Friday, come home with a motorcycle trailer, and try and exit the neighborhood Saturday morning for a ride before the next forecasted snow. Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

I'm Back, still no riding

Got home to wet looking roads and temps in the low single digits, the car's thermometer read Zero degrees as I carefully drove home with the family.

Far as I could tell, about two inches of fluffy snow had fallen on top of the snow I'd left behind a week ago, not sure any of it had gone away really. Damn.

The forecast is for really cold temps, nothing above freezing anyways till Friday. They're not guessing any more past that point apparently. So, cold as hell and of course no melting in that kind of cold, no matter if the sun comes out or not. Joy Joy Joy.

My loving wife shoveled maybe two inches of snow off the driveway this morning before I drove out to get some foodstuff, by the evening her efforts were covered up by new snow. Sigh.

Damn snow, damn snow-choked and deeply-rutted sidestreets, damn cold weather keeping the snow from melting, damn icy deathtraps in parking lots.

I spent the day ensuring no burst pipes in the unheated garage where the cars and Maria are parked. I am leaving the lights on, added work lights, all to keep the temps in the garage above freezing. It's working so far, kept checking the temperature throughout the day and it's in the low 40s, while outside it got to a high of 11 degrees.

Now I know this much snow is highly unusual and made it into the record books and all, but did it really have to hit the first year that I discovered motorcycling?

Friday, January 12, 2007

Why no updates?

I am in California, aka land of Fruits and Nuts, on a family vacation. Ran from the snowbound landscape of Colorado to the sunny but congested landscape of Southern California. My loving wife and I have found it amusing that the locals break out the cold weather gear when the temps are in the 60s!

My neighbors inform me little snow/ice has melted in my absence from the culdesac and surrounding neighborhood streets; so my enforced hiatus from motorcycle riding will doubtless continue upon my return tomorrow.

The plan remains to get a hitch for my car for the times that the only thing stopping me from safely riding is a couple of blocks of snowchoked neighborhood roads. The hitch and a u-haul motorcycle trailer to get my motorcycle out of the neighborhood and onto dry main roads.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Working on an Escape Plan during Snow Days

I am now really sick and tired of being trapped by snowpacked/icy neighborhood roads when clear streets are only a couple of LONG blocks away. Not to mention the icy deathtraps at the entrance to the neighborhood that threatens to tear off my car's airdam when traversing it. Nearly got stuck on the ice this morning when I went to avoid the dip but started sliding on the ice-encrusted snow next to it. The Nokian WR tires came through though, so glad I equipped all my cars with these tires, they do great on snow/ice.

Having the green light from my loving wife, I am now scheduled to have a tow hitch attached to my Mercedes 560SL which is my transportation on bad weather days when I can't bike. The plan now is to rent a trailer from U-Haul (thanks for the idea, John!) on the days I want to haul the bike out of the snow-choked neighborhood roads and onto the main streets and then go riding. Heck, I'll even be able to commute to work assuming the ice-covered deathtrap that is the parking lot at work is safe enough to ride on. At the very least, it'll allow me to ride on clear roads during the weekends as I am forced to wait on the melting of the snowpacked roads in my neighborhood.

1987 MB 560SL, her name is Liesl

Yeah, I know, I'll probably be banned from the Mercedes Enthusiast Forums but one can't deny the utility of this concept. When I need to drop the car off for servicing I attach a trailer and bring my bike along. I leave the car at the mechanic's and ride to work on my bike. If the bike needs servicing, then the situation is reversed. I'll no longer have to prevail on my loving wife for a ride to either location or beg friends for a ride to pick up a vehicle when it's finished being serviced!

Long term, I'll see how much of a PITA it is to depend on the local U-Haul for renting a Motorcycle Trailer on what will hopefully be very few ocassions during the year. If it's too much of a PITA then I'll be getting this trailer:

Same bike as Maria on this trailer.